Introduced in 2013, Music Basti's ReSound program is designed to enable children to write and perform their own original songs that tell the stories of their communities. Through a mixture of bespoke oral musical training, songwriting and performing, the ReSound curriculum builds and encourages a variety of life-skills such as confidence, creativity and leadership. These are vital to a well- rounded child development.
1. Interview & audition dates*: May 26th, 27th & 28th, 2017
2. Announcement of selected Teaching-Artists**: June 1st, 2017
3. Training dates for selected Teaching-Artists***:June 10th & 11th: Full daysJune 17th & 18th: Full daysJune 24th & 25th: Full daysJuly 1st & 2nd: Full days
4. Teaching calendar for June 2017 - March 2018:- Two lessons per week, weekdays, July 2017 - February 2018, as per a fixed schedule- Mid-Year Concert, December 2017 (date to be confirmed)- Annual ReSound Concert, February 2018 (date to be confirmed)- Additional performance and workshop commitments will be mutually agreed upon
*Only applicants whose application forms are selected will be shortlisted and contacted for an interview on one of these dates. Please ensure you are available on any of these date(s) in case selected for an interview.
**Selected Teaching-Artists will be contacted individually by email and telephone.
***Attendance at all training sessions is mandatory.
1. To be eligible, you need to make sure your application is complete and submitted by 21st May 2017. We will not accept applications submitted after this date, or any incomplete applications.
2. You need to be 18 years of age to be eligible to apply, or have completed Std. XII.
3. Make sure your YouTube video submission (as per the requirement listed in Section III and IV of the application form below) is in a High Definition (preferably highest resolution possible) playable format.
1. What is the role of a teacher at Music Basti?
At Music Basti, musicians are trained in the ReSound curriculum to teach at-risk children in classrooms in government and low-income schools. Teachers work in pairs, and are responsible for working with a fixed group of about 20 students for 8 months. Lessons are twice a week, running between the months of July 2017 and February 2018. Teachers participate in monthly teacher-training activities with Music Basti, events and/or performances, and also participate in the annual ReSound concert in February 2018.
2. Who can apply?
Musicians (amateur, semi-professional or professional, trained in Hindustani or Western music) are invited to apply. Music Basti seeks musicians motivated to work with at-risk children in communities across the NCR. The program is especially geared towards individuals who have experience or a keen interest in teaching and education, enabling transformation in classrooms and teaching music. Teachers will be trained in implementing interactive pedagogical approaches in their classrooms.
It is preferred that applicants:are proficient in either/and: vocals (Hindustani or western); instrument (professional/formal music education is not mandatory, but is preferred).
It is preferred but not necessary that applicants:- have prior music teaching experience (employment or voluntary); work experience with at-risk children or youth / NGOs (employment or voluntary).
3. What is the ReSound curriculum about?
The ReSound curriculum is designed to enable leadership and life-skills (such as self-confidence, teamwork and practice) in at-risk children through music learning. The curriculum content focuses on teaching the fundamentals of singing, rhythm, improvisation, listening and appreciation through a fun and engaging methodology. The latter half of the program focuses on song-writing and performance, and in particular on the students' performances at community concerts and at the annual ReSound concert.
4. What happens at the teacher-training program?
The ReSound teacher-training program begins with an 8-day orientation to prepare teachers before they are placed in assigned classrooms or communities. Following this, monthly training sessions are held. The training program content includes: understanding life-skill oriented outcomes in the classroom; different approaches to music education and pedagogy; group teaching and classroom management; using other arts such as theatre or dance; Western and Hindustani music theory; workshops in rhythm, voice, ensemble and group singing; lesson planning with students and how to evaluate progress.
5. How is a teacher different from a “volunteer”?
Teachers are selected, trained and hired, and also awarded a full scholarship to Music Basti’s 14-day teacher training program. All teachers sign a contract for 9 months, and receive remuneration for their work. Teachers also access opportunities for on-going training, support, mentorship and networking.
6. Where will I be placed to teach?
Teaching placements will be in pairs, i.e., with another co-teacher, in classrooms part of Music Basti’s partner network. These will be in South Delhi or Gurgaon. Teaching appointments will be made based on many considerations including the both co-teachers experience and strengths, students needs and ages, and the school location. For these reasons, teachers will not be provided a preference in the placement location(s).
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(i) The difference between high pitch and low pitchOR(ii) The concept of tempo in music
Please note the following instructions carefully:
(i) Please remember you are addressing 8-10 year olds in your instruction and body language.(ii) You can use instruments, visuals or props as you see necessary, to make it appealing and engaging for students.(iii) You can speak in English, Hindi, or both. Remember to speak slowly and clearly.(iv) The video must be recorded and uploaded (after 10th April 2017) with the Title “Music Basti Teaching Artist Application 2017” to YouTube. Please ensure your video submission is in an HD (preferably highest resolution possible playable format on YouTube.
Please note the instructions carefully:
(i) You can select a video in which you are singing or playing an instrument. It is not mandatory to use an instrument, you can record an acapella song. Your performance should be in focus, in case you are performing with others.(ii) Please ensure your video submission is in an HD (preferably highest resolution possible playable format on YouTube.(iii) In case you do not have an existing video, please record one for the purpose of this application.