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.