Girls Rock Denver After School Program Application: Instructor
Job Title: Instrument Instructor
Hours/Days: October 1st - November 21st, T/W/R 3:15pm-6:15pm. Class schedule TBD; student/instructor availability will determine scheduling for specific instrument instruction
An Instrument Instructor for Girls Rock Denver: After School will provide the same well-rounded experience to students as is provided during the organization’s week-long summer program: enrichment of the whole participant, holding in equal importance their ability to play (and thus perform) their instrument and the development of their character, autonomy, personal identity, and creativity. The general responsibilities of the Instrument Instructor include but are not limited to teaching group instrument classes, care of equipment and supplies, acting as a role model, supervising play, snack, and homework blocks, and keeping open lines of communication with the Program Director and other staff members.
-Lead group instruction of one of the following: drums, bass, guitar, Ableton/sequencers (beats), piano/keyboard, voice
-Follow provided curriculum and progression of key concepts to maximize the pool of common knowledge among students across instrument tracks
-Choose activities for your classroom, with discretion towards age demographic, student personalities, and level of experience, that teach the prescribed skill or concept each day/week
-Instruct students on the care, setup and breakdown of their equipment, giving them opportunities to practice; expose students to augmentative technologies like pedals, etc, that expand creative possibilities
-Assess not only the musical skills of students, but also social/emotional needs to provide activities that accommodate, challenge, and inspire all participants
-Correct disruptive or problematic behavior using positivity, patience, and encouragement, leaning on other staff and/or parents when support is needed
-Arrive on time for setup and preparation; be present as a role model between instruction (as you are able), interacting socially with students; remain after students depart to assist with breakdown and movement of equipment
-Familiarize yourself with the mission statement and guiding principles of Girls Rock Denver; reinforce these positive values through your instruction and behavior on-site
-Prepare students for participation in Band Formation at the end of the program, which will involve collaborative songwriting, ensemble rehearsals, and a final on-stage live performance of an original, band-written song
-Experience working with youth
-Identify as female, femme, nonbinary, transgender, agender, or gender-expansive
-Experience instructing your instrument, with references; experience playing in a contemporary ensemble or rock band is a plus
-Relevant education, certification, or training in instructing said instrument is not required, but is also a plus
-Technical gear knowledge (troubleshooting/repair) is a HUGE plus
-Charismatic leadership skills, inspiring personality, drive to make a positive difference in the lives of young people
-Patience, flexibility, and ability to improvise a plan in the face of the unexpected; willingness to seek out additional tasks to help the collective when you are able
-Ability to pass a background check
-Must be able to lift up to 10-20 pounds, or help with setting up and plugging in gear for daily instruction
-Ability and willingness to touch base with the Program Director on a regular basis to give feedback on curriculum, request support, report challenges with which assistance is required, etc
-Holding space for students who feel comfortable opening up to you, and involving the Program Director or parents when safety may be an issue; music is a very emotional art and our environment tends to bring the internal struggles of young people to the forefront.
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