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Children’s Instructor – Group classes and private lessons, multiple instruments

Post Date: 3/31/2016
Deadline: 4/13/2016
Start Date: Flexible Start Date

Schedule: Weekend availability on Saturday and/or Sundays from 10am-5pm is required. Additional opportunities for evening programming and after school programs available.

How to Apply:
Send resume, 3 references with phone numbers, and a cover letter detailing your education and professional teaching experience (please include detailed information on the ages and instruments you’ve taught). No phone calls, please.
Chris McGarry: Director of Outreach and Instruction
Subject: Children’s Instructor Position

Job Description

Swallow Hill Music is hiring several instructors with experience with a variety of instruments including piano, voice, ukulele and guitar. We are primarily looking for teachers to teach in our children’s program, although opportunities in adult programming may be a possibility as well. The instructor will teach from the established core curriculum, with repertoire taken from pop music genres and folk music traditions. Swallow Hill Music is seeking a teacher who can keep a consistent year round schedule. Swallow Hill Music offers six, 8-week sessions a year of group classes and private lessons with scheduled time off at holidays and 3 multiple week breaks throughout the year.


  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 1+ years experience teaching in a classroom setting
  • Experience designing course curriculum and private lesson curriculum
  • Ability to transcribe music by ear and create well-organized and legible musical charts
  • Ability to lead a class in song, using a simple chord chart
  • Ability to work with a team of teachers to create new curriculum and improve our existing curriculum
  • Ability to improve one’s instructional practices based on feedback from students and school administration
  • Professional and engaging interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and work well with many constituents: Parents, teachers, front office, and school admin staff
  • Experience teaching adults in group class and private lesson settings a plus

General Expectations

  • Provide well-rounded quality musical instruction to students by:
  • Encouraging creativity, consistency in attendance, practice, progress and performance.
  • Tailoring your teaching to the individual needs, abilities and goals of each student while teaching fundamental musical skills as outlined in the Swallow Hill Music Levels.
  • Inspiring students through your passion, talents and love for teaching which in turn will foster their musical and personal growth.
  • Engage yourself and your students with the Swallow Hill community and actively support its mission.
  • Maintain open and frequent communication with parents and students in order to support their educational progress, maintain enrollment and ensure each student has an exceptional experience at Swallow Hill Music.
  • Have knowledge of Swallow Hill Music’s educational path and recommend programs that will stimulate and expand your student’s artistic education.

Administration, Registration, and Retention

  • Maintain a consistent schedule and commit to your group class and private lesson engagements.
  • Effectively manage your studio and schedule working closely with the registration staff and with adherence to Swallow Hill’s written policies.
  • Be actively involved in assisting the admissions and registration team in the retention and maintenance of your studio.
  • Respond to requests from school administration in a timely manner.
  • Attend all paid school and department meetings as scheduled.
  • Ability to answer all e-mails and phone call requests within 1 business day.

Production and Promotion Internship

Swallow Hill Music is looking for two (2) enthusiastic, responsible, self-sufficient individuals to be our Promotion and Production Interns for the 2016 Summer Concert Season. You will be involved in the planning, marketing, and execution of Swallow Hill Music events.

You will work under the direct supervision of the Associate Concert Director to learn the process of contracting, planning, marketing, and execution of concerts. You are expected to dedicate no less than 20 hours per week to this internship; you must be present in the office on Tuesday mornings, at all Botanic Gardens and/or Arvada Center concerts, and summer festivals.

Duties and responsibilities will include:

  • Production Assistant for Denver Botanic Gardens and Arvada Center shows
  • Production assistance at street festivals, Four Mile Park, and some in-house events
  • Tracking attendance to concerts
  • Planning and preparing materials for concert staff
  • Attending marketing and production meetings weekly
  • Organizing completed concert files
  • Other duties as assigned

Preferred skills:

  • Working towards or recently achieved a degree in music business, hospitality, or event planning-related field
  • Detail-oriented and able to work with minimal supervision
  • Effective project management skills essential
  • Ability to multi-task and work without constant direction
  • Excellent oral and written communication and listening skills
  • Initiative, drive, common sense, creative flair and flexibility essential
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Products required, specifically Excel.

This is an unpaid internship; however, complimentary tickets will be available to the intern for all summer concerts produced or promoted by Swallow Hill Music. Additionally, references will be provided upon request upon the successful completion of the internship.

Qualified candidates, please submit a resume and cover letter to:
Hanna Ackerman
Associate Director of Concerts
Attn: Production and Promotion Internship
Please, no phone calls.

Deadline: Friday, May 6th, 2016 at 5 pm

We will review proposals as they are submitted, and we will contact you if we are interested in meeting to discuss your qualifications further.

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