Seattle Music Partners Volunteer Application 2018-2019

Seattle Music Partners provides a unique opportunity for musicians to give back by teaching elementary school students to read music and play an instrument in our after-school program.

We're looking for volunteers who have:
1. Strong music skills
2. A passion for working with children
3. An interest in community service
4. Strong communication skills
5. An interest in building community with staff, tutors and students
6. No prior teaching experience necessary, but a commitment to growth is a must

*Applications for being a Student Assistant are due by Friday, October 5th. Applications for being a one-on-one tutor are due by Friday, October 12th.

One-on-One Tutoring:

Volunteers have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a student, mentoring them and teaching them to play their instrument. These lessons take place once a week at four schools in the Central District of Seattle.

Mondays: Lowell Elementary, 4:00 - 5:45 pm (1058 E Mercer St)
Tuesdays: Madrona K-8, 4:00 - 5:45 pm (1121 33rd Ave)
Wednesdays: Leschi Elementary, 3:00 - 4:45 pm (135 32nd Ave)
Thursdays: Bailey Gatzert Elementary, 4:00 - 5:45 pm (1301 E Yesler Way)

Tutor Orientation:
New and returning tutors will have a volunteer orientation on Sunday, October 21st from 2-5 PM at the Garfield Community Center. More information on this will be sent in a follow-up email.

Tutoring sessions will start the week of October 22nd.

Student Assistants:

Volunteers also have an opportunity to work as a group lesson Student Assistant. For these days, we seek volunteers who are especially interested and/or experienced in working with groups of children in a music education setting. If you are interested in learning more about our Student Assistant position, contact

SAs volunteer once a week at:

Mondays: Leschi Elementary, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Tuesdays: Lowell Elementary, 3:45 - 5:30 pm
Thursdays: Madrona K-8, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Fridays: Gatzert Elementary, 2:45 - 4:15 pm

SA Orientation:
New and returning volunteers will have a Student Assistant orientation Sunday, October 7th from 3-4:30 PM at the SMP Office (200 Broadway). More information on this will be sent in a follow-up email.

Sessions for Student Assistants will begin the week of October 15th.

*Please note, you will either be placed as a one-on-one tutor or a Student Assistant (unless you sign up for both) and only have to attend one orientation. Please reach out to us with any questions regarding the volunteer orientations.


We have a consistently high need for volunteers who play the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, string bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion (xylophone and snare drum only).

If you play an instrument other than the ones listed above (or are a vocalist) and are willing to be flexible, consider working with us on our ensemble days, or contact us to talk about what might be the best fit for you and your musical skills.



The goal of our volunteering program is to engage and inspire a beginning music student. We expect our volunteers to be positive role models and mentors. In order for our volunteers to be well-prepared, safe, and effective in their role we require that volunteers:

1. Complete their application materials in full.
2. Attend volunteer orientation.
3. Commit to attending after-school sessions for the full commitment time each week on the day they are assigned.
4. Have consistent attendance – 3 unexcused absences is grounds for dismissal from the program.
5. Give clear/advance communication about scheduling and any conflicts.
6. Read and reply to emails or phone calls from program staff.
7. Comply with rules regarding conduct in public schools and safe supervision of students.
8. Be high school aged or older.
9. Have parent permission (unless 18 or older).
10. Ensure that 2 letters of recommendation are submitted before beginning to tutor. (Please have the name, email and phone number of your two recommenders ready to submit at the end of this application. Returning tutors are exempt from this requirement.)

Sound like your kind of program? Click on to the next page of the application! Thank you for your interest!

Note: This is a pretty extensive application, complete with an essay question on why you'd like to join us this year. We think it will probably take you about 20 minutes to complete. There's no opportunity for you to save your work and come back to it, so please be ready to complete this in one sitting. Thanks!

Note: If you are an adult interested in our Middle School Music Project, please go to the separate MSMP Volunteer Application:

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