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WeBop Instructor

 

Position Description

WeBop is an early childhood jazz education program in which young children (ages 8 months - 5 years) and their parents/caregivers explore the themes of jazz, its many instruments, styles and great performers throughout 8-weeks terms. The 45-minute classes provide a safe and creative environment in which caregivers and children engage with live jazz performers and one another, expressing themselves musically through dance, singing and song-writing, playing instruments, storytelling, and more.

WeBop Teachers are:

  • Expert educators with special study and teaching experience in early childhood education
  • Musicians with knowledge and an understanding of jazz
  • High energy individual with an understanding and willingness to build community within the program and institution
  • Developmentally and culturally aware and responsive to families attending programs at JALC
  • Familiar with student-centered teaching strategies
  • Dedicated to the mission of JALC and WeBop and a desire to grow within the program.

Responsibilities

  • Lead weekly classes for children 8 months to 5 years of age and their parents/caregivers using the WeBop curriculum, designed by Jazz at Lincoln Center in collaboration with early childhood education expert, Lori Custodero of Teacher’s College at Columbia University.
  • Prepare and deliver lessons using the WeBop curriculum and adapt materials as necessary
  • Direct accompanist in each class and guest musicians during designated “band weeks”
  • Attendance at 1-2 faculty meetings per term to prepare for upcoming classes, discuss best practices and partake in professional development
  • Prepare and submit weekly lesson plans to accompanist and guest musicians
  • Complete self-assessment at the middle and end of each year
  • Complete two (2) teacher observations per term

Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s degree in jazz, education or a related subject and/or 2 years of music education experience
  • Minimum of one-year experience teaching in early childhood settings
  • Knowledge of or background in jazz
  • Must be available to work on weekday mornings and afternoons
  • Fluency in Spanish not required, but a plus

Term Schedule

Fall Term, September 24 – November 17, 2019

Winter Term, January 14 – March 8, 2020

Spring Term, March 17 – May 24, 2020

Weekly schedule

This position will be hiring for morning and afternoon weekday classes Specific weekday TBD upon hire.

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