Plugged In Band Program

40 Freeman Place
Needham, MA 02492
www.pluggedinband.org
info@pluggedinband.org

Date Posted:
January 08, 2019

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Education/Instruction

Type:
Part-Time

Music Teacher for Rock Ensembles with Students with Special Needs

Description:
The Plugged In Band Program is looking for a music teacher for ensembles comprised of both typical students and students with special needs. We are looking for someone who is interested in working with students with special needs.  Plugged In offers training to teachers on working with students with special needs. Music therapy education and/or experience working with children with special needs is a plus, but is not required.
Plugged In is a unique nonprofit youth rock band program in Needham teaching young musicians ages 8-19 of all levels and needs about using music to create positive change in the world. In addition to weekly ensemble band classes, private lessons, summer camp, songwriting workshops and community performances, five times a year Plugged In students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians feel a sense of belonging, an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world.
What makes Plugged In special is our commitment to including all students, regardless of their ability to pay or the costs associated with accommodating our students with special needs - what we call our Inclusion Program. In this environment of compassion and acceptance, all our students learn the power of helping others.
In the loving and non-competitive atmosphere at Plugged In, all differences are transcended through a shared passion for music, the teamwork involved with using music to help others and an atmosphere of compassion and fun.
The students with special needs who are high functioning are placed in regular bands. Students with more severe special needs are placed in bands with other students who volunteer as mentors and teaching assistants. It’s a great experience for everyone. The volunteer students love helping and giving back. The students with special needs love being in a band - both the music and the social experience.
Classes are 1 1/2 hours long and are held weekdays between 3:00-9:00 PM Monday thru Friday, Saturdays between 11:00-6:30 PM and Sundays between 11:00-8:00 PM at the Plugged In facility in Needham. We are located within walking distance of MBTA bus and commuter rail stops.
Qualifications:
  • Aptitude: Thorough knowledge of performance skills on all core instruments (guitar/bass/drums/keyboard/vocals). Thorough knowledge of traditional and popular music styles. 
  • Education and Experience: Must hold an undergraduate degree in music from an accredited college or university or a minimum of 2 years demonstrated ensemble teaching experience in a school setting (student teaching applies). 
  • Interpersonal Skills: Works well with others from diverse backgrounds. Focuses on solving problems, maintaining confidentiality, remaining open to others’ ideas, and contributing to building a positive team spirit. 
  • Language: Ability to communicate fluently verbally and in writing in English. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from students, parents, staff, or members of the community. Ability to draft simple correspondence and some routine reports. Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals. 
  • Computer Skills: Proficiency in the usage of internet software and email. Ability to use and service basic office technology (using a printer, replacing printer ink, etc.)
How To Apply:
apply@pluggedinband.org
Apply by:
February 08, 2019
Salary:
$25/hour
About this Organization:
Plugged In is a unique nonprofit youth rock band program in Needham teaching young musicians ages 8-19 of all levels and needs about using music to create positive change in the world. In addition to weekly ensemble band classes, private lessons, summer camp, songwriting workshops and community performances, five times a year Plugged In students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians feel a sense of belonging, an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world.