SMP Middle School Music Project Volunteer Application 2017-2018
Seattle Music Partners works with students in elementary school, providing them with free one-on-one lessons and ensemble experience after school. We also provide an evening program for our middle school alumni. We are looking for adult volunteers who can provide small group support to these middle school students during their evening sessions with SMP staff and teaching artists.

We're looking for volunteers who have:
1. Strong music skills and the capacity to instruct students with both beginner and intermediate degrees of musical ability.
2. A passion for working with youth
3. An interest in community service
4. Strong communication skills
5. An interest in building community with staff, students, and other volunteers
6. No prior teaching experience necessary, but a commitment to growth and critique is a must

Volunteer Applications and Recommendations are due by Wednesday, October 11th.

MSMP volunteer orientation is on Wednesday, October 18 from 6:30-8:00 PM at Garfield Community Center. Volunteers will begin working directly with students the following Wednesday. The last day of MSMP is June 6th.


Example of a typical MSMP volunteer schedule:

MSMP students meet from 6:30-8:00 PM on Wednesdays throughout the school year at Garfield Community Center.

6:30: Session start-time. Students gather for community time, tuning, and preparing to play. MSMP volunteers arrive and are briefed by SMP staff about the evening's goals and program updates.
7:00 - 8:00 pm: MSMP volunteers lead small group sectionals (2-3 students) or one-on-one sessions with students. The small groups will switch partway through with students who were in ensemble practice time,
8:00: Session end-time. MSMP volunteers help break down rehearsal gear and debrief.



Instrumentation needs within MSMP are based on student enrollment. Traditionally we have had students who play the following instruments: violin, viola, cello, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion.

If you play an instrument other than the ones listed above and are willing to be flexible, contact us to talk about how you might still be able to help.



The goal of our volunteering program is to engage and inspire MSMP student to continue on their musical journey. 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 by the listed deadline.
2. Attend volunteer orientation.
3. Have consistent attendance – 3 unexcused absences is grounds for dismissal from the program.
4. Give clear/advance communication about scheduling and any conflicts.
5. Read and reply to emails or phone calls from program staff.
6. Comply with rules regarding conduct in community centers and safe supervision of students.
7. Be 18 or older.
8. Ensure that 2 letters of recommendation are submitted before beginning to volunteer. (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: We think it will probably take you about 15 minutes to complete this application. 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!

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