Teaching Artist for Midori & Friends Celebrate! Music Program

Overview of Position
Midori & Friends is looking for Teaching Artists with strings and/or general music background to facilitate Celebrate! Music workshops in New York City schools for grades 3-8. This is a general music Teaching Artist position that will lead a series of 3 push-in workshop classes. These workshops help students prepare for a live celebratory concert featuring Harlem Quartet or Villalobos Brothers. The curriculum focuses on Mexican, Latin, and Classical music genres, and curriculum guides are provided to Teaching Artists.
About Celebrate! Music
Midori & Friends’ new program Celebrate! Music invites young learners to become global citizens in an active exploration of world music. By learning about the richness of cultural traditions, works of art, and musical customs around the globe—in class and through live performances—students cultivate a global perspective that nurtures empathy and understanding.
Program Description
Celebrate! Music brings engaging world music ensembles and corresponding workshops into New York City public schools. Students experience both live artist performances and interactive workshops with teaching artists, deepening their understanding of a particular music tradition over the course of a celebratory four-session residency. This year, students will explore the musical traditions of Mexico, Jazz & Swing, String Quartet, Afro-Latin Jazz, and Classical Violin. Midori & Friends provides professional development for classroom teachers to help facilitate curriculum connections in the classroom and school community.
Core Components of the Program
One celebratory performance by Harlem Quartet or Villalobos Brothers with 3 supporting classroom workshops. The curriculum follows the flow of Explore, Engage, Celebrate, and Reflect and is aligned with the learning standards in the NYC Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Arts.
Job Duties
  • Lead and facilitate a series of three Celebrate! Music workshops with enthusiasm and thoughtfulness. Each workshop is one hour long
  • Introduce students to active listening strategies and concepts
  • Guide students in discovering fun facts about a Mexican and Latin culture
  • Introduce students to the music, culture, and themes reflected in the music of Harlem Quartet or Villalobos Brothers, including classical music concepts
  • Help students explore elements of the musician’s toolbox and how they are used to evoke celebration and other emotions
  • Create a safe learning environment and deeply connect with students about what music means to them and their community
  • Engage students in creative music making, writing, or art activities
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to utilize curriculum guides and online resources to make classes fun and interactive
  • Workshops will be in NYC public schools participating in Celebrate! Music residencies
Must have a degree in music or music education and a passion for working with elementary or middle school students. Must have strong cultural competency and knowledge of music history and Jazz. Background in strings or Spanish language fluency is a plus. Proof of Covid vaccination and fingerprint clearance with the NYCDOE are required.

If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please forward your resume to jobs@midoriandfriends.org. Please state “Celebrate! Music Teaching Artist” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.