Faculty Mentor

Faculty Mentor

Harmony Program
New York City
Posted On:
August 19, 2019


At the Harmony Program, music changes lives every day. Through collective music-making, children from under-served communities explore new avenues and realize their full potential. For the past decade, the Harmony Program has distinguished itself by serving children in need, reaching them within their own communities, providing them with instruments and intensive, high quality musical training, and helping to develop in them the life skills that support their healthy development -- musically, academically, and socially. The Harmony Program also recruits and trains accomplished musicians as its teachers and provides them with formal professional development training, observation and evaluation, access to a network of their peers, and competitive compensation for their services, with the goal of instilling in them a long-term commitment to community outreach and education. The Harmony Program is inspired by Venezuela's national youth orchestra system, "El Sistema." Committed to improving society through music, El Sistema has gained international acclaim for the breadth of its reach, the quality of its musicians, and the power of its positive influence on the young lives it touches. In the spirit of El Sistema, the Harmony Program emphasizes the influence of music-making on social development, encourages learning through ensemble playing, fosters a supportive community for program participants and families, and requires of all involved a high degree of commitment to daily music study. Jobs, Duties, Responsibilities Faculty Mentors oversee the support and evaluation of a small portfolio of teachers through classroom observation, follow-up coaching and formal written feedback. Faculty Mentors also contribute to Teacher Training. Specific duties and responsibilities of the position will include, but are not limited to, the following: Serve as an expert in their instrument area, guiding the overall musicianship and pedagogy of the program. Observe assigned teachers in their classrooms at least twice throughout each semester, providing formal written and verbal feedback, and modeling best teaching practices as needed; Maintain timely and ongoing communication with all teachers, responding to requests for support and advice promptly and in a positive, encouraging, and professional manner; Ensure program sites are prepared for performance in advance of end-of-semester recitals; Facilitate problem-solving of logistical challenges alongside lead teachers and site staff; Attend periodic meetings with Director of Education and other Faculty Mentors to debrief and discuss observations; Additional opportunities may be available, including administrative work (e.g. student recruitment and development of new sites), developing curricular materials, and coaching individual students and small ensembles.


Interested candidates should have the following qualifications:

Music Education degree and minimum 10 years of relevant work experience;
Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
An ability to work efficiently, both independently and collaboratively;
A polite, positive, and professional demeanor;
Experience giving feedback.

How to Apply

Please email your resume to teach@harmonyprogram.org.

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