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Musicianship Teacher

Handel and Haydn Society Boston, MA

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description

Reports to: Lead Musicianship Teacher

Position description:

The Handel and Haydn Society Musicianship Teacher is a highly qualified teacher who educates, inspires, and engages students in weekly musicianship classes. Students are members of four H+H Youth Chorus ensembles: Treble Chorus (grades 4-6), Youth Chorale (grades 6-9), Chorus of Sopranos, and Altos (grades 9-12), and Chorus of Tenors and Basses (grades 6-12).

The H+H musicianship curriculum uses a sound-first approach to teaching music literacy. Students are taught pitch using moveable-do solfege (la-based minor) and rhythm using the Takadimi rhythm system. Emphasis is given to building camaraderie and connection among the students through their musicianship studies as this is a complement to their ensemble rehearsals.

The position involves planning for and teaching three (3) 40-minute classes weekly. Musicianship classes are held online via Zoom or in-person in Boston on Saturday mornings during the school year from September through May.


  • Deliver curriculum and instruction in sight-singing and development of aural skills in a manner that engages and excites students.
  • Maintain weekly written attendance records for all students in all assigned classes and collaborate with the Musicianship Lead Teacher to maintain accurate rosters.
  • Attend weekly musicianship faculty meetings on Saturday mornings for the purposes of developing curriculum and instructional continuity. Participate in student placement meetings as needed to be arranged with the Lead Musicianship Teacher.
  • Prepare annual written and aural student evaluations and provide feedback to students and their families during the year on student progress, attendance, and other pertinent matters related to student performance.
  • Provide operational and production support for the All-HHYC Winter and Spring Concerts.
  • Attend family orientations and other gatherings to generate interest and goodwill and explain course expectations.
  • Participate in H+H Youth Choruses faculty meetings and learning/professional development sessions organized for all H+H employees
  • Be available to meet with Board members, donors, and funders during the year and participate in events that maintain and cultivate interest in the Education Program.
  • Act as the Handel and Haydn Society's representative at social events, educational meetings, and/or conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A passion for sharing music with all people, in particular with children.
  • Minimum of two years of experience working in a youth educational setting, preferably at the elementary, middle, and/or high school level.
  • Collegiate study in music or education preferred.
  • Demonstrated advanced musicianship skills. Experience with the Takadimi rhythm system, and Gordon's "Music Learning Theory" or the Kodaly method is highly preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to relate to and engage school-aged children and teenagers with genuine warmth and energy.
  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Pro-active approach, flexibility, and a positive attitude.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds of students and their families.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Chinese, or another language spoken by new Bostonians is desirable.
  • Authentic interest in advocacy for music education and the Handel and Haydn Society.
  • Availability to work in Boston on Saturday mornings from 9 am-12:15 pm, September-May is essential.

The Handel and Haydn Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace by maintaining a staff that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston. Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select.

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and references.

The Handel and Haydn Society request Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) for all members of the Education Program faculty. Finalists in this search will be asked to complete a CORI Acknowledgement Form.

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