neighborhood choir director

Status: Non-exempt, hourly
Reports to: Music Director

Job Description

Choir directors for Neighborhood Choir teach between 10–30 children in grades 1–6 at school or community locations in once weekly, one-hour rehearsals culminating in an end-of-semester informal performance. They will select repertoire (in collaboration with SDCC staff) and will contact parents/schools when needed in planning/organizing local performances.

The choir director should have experience in level 1 Orff and Kodaly along with music literacy and vocal skills to develop the healthy, young child voice. Spanish speaking ability is a plus. The choir director educates and inspires the children, teaching songs along with basic theory techniques (beat vs. rhythm, dynamics, etc.), basic sight-reading skills, proper vocal technique and performance etiquette.

Neighborhood Choir is a community outreach program of the San Diego Children’s Choir and participating children are encouraged to audition for our ensembles if interested in a more committed environment.

Depending on availability, choir directors may direct anywhere from 1-4 Neighborhood Choirs weekly, repertoire may be the same at multiple rehearsal sites. Most choirs rehearse after-school, but schedules and days of week are flexible and to be determined.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. 3+ years of received private vocal coaching
  2. Piano proficiency (though an accompanist will be provided for rehearsals and performances)
  3. Comfort using solfege as a rehearsal tool, and with use of the Curwen hand-signs

 


Job Description

The Early Years music instructor is responsible for between 7–15 children per class for Early Years I (age 4–5 years) and Early Years II (age 5–6 years) at a school or community location in once-weekly, 45-minute long classes. Sessions are eight weeks long and occur three times throughout the year. 

The music instructor should have experience in level 1 Orff and Kodaly along with music literacy and vocal skills to develop the healthy, young child voice. Spanish speaking ability is a plus. The music instructor will educate and inspire the children, teaching songs along with basic theory techniques (beat vs. rhythm, dynamics, etc.), basic sight-reading skills, proper vocal technique and performance etiquette.

Early Years I is an introductory, non-performing choral-based music education experience for the Pre-K child. Group and independent singing is introduced through purposeful play and interactive music making, incorporating games, dancing, and rhythm instruments.

Early Years II is a non-performing, choral-based music education experience for the K–1st grade child. Beginning and foundational singing skills and elemental music theory is taught sequentially through songs, games and movement. This program prepares young singers for a smooth and successful transition into Preparatory Choir.

early years music instructor

Status: Non-exempt, hourly
Reports to: Music Director


Application Procedure

Please send an email with the subject name of the position for which you are applying, including a cover letter and CV with three references, to Michele Tondreau at mtondreau@sdcchoir.org. Links to video of teaching and/or performances may be included, if available.