Teaching Artist YOLA (Strings)

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151 South Grand Ave
Los Angeles
United States of America

The Teaching Artist YOLA (Strings), reporting to the Associate Director, Social Innovation, is responsible for violin, viola, cello or bass instruction at various Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) sites. The Teaching Artist will ensure the highest quality learning experience for YOLA students, create curriculum, pedagogy, and lesson plans in collaboration with other YOLA music faculty, and support each child holistically. The employee will support the YOLA philosophy and community and help facilitate community and family involvement.

Hours for this position will be up to approximately 11 hours per week.

Position Elements:

As a YOLA faculty member, responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Collaborating with YOLA faculty to create a shared curriculum and dynamic culture inspired by the ideals and philosophies of El Sistema
  • Instructing beginning strings in classes consisting of up to 10 elementary school students
  • Assisting with full orchestra rehearsals, playing in the section, collaborating with the YOLA Conductor at the discretion of the program manager
  • Communicating with YOLA academic tutors and parents to understand each child holistically
  • Attending music pedagogy and tutoring professional development sessions
  • Preparation and communication with other Teaching Artists, YOLA Conductor, Program Manager, and LA Phil staff
  • Other duties as assigned
Minimum Requirements
  • Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent experience required; post-graduate degree or equivalent experience a plus
  • Demonstrated excellent musicianship and artistry as a teacher/performer
  • Strong knowledge of standard music pedagogy (Suzuki, etc.) with certification preferred
  • Experience teaching beginning strings
  • Experience leading and conducting ensembles
  • Strong knowledge of string repertoire, curriculum and pedagogy.
  • Strong commitment to El Sistema's philosophy of social change through music
  • Experience working with children from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds; experience working in underserved communities
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish a plus

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