SBSO 2017-18 Season – Teaching Artist Program at Clay High School
Over the past several months, the SBSO has been working with the South Bend Community School Corporation (SBCSC) Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator and SBCSC band and orchestra directors to discuss partnership opportunities and to explore how the Symphony Association can assist the district in expanding and strengthening their instrumental music programs, while furthering its own mission and vision.
After much discussion and planning, the SBSO will be partnering with the South Bend Community School Corporation to develop and Artist-in-Residence program within the fine arts magnet schools. As the school district is currently undergoing some restructuring and redistricting, we have all agreed that the most effective partnership will begin with the band and orchestra programs Visual and Performing Arts Magnet Program at Clay High School.
The Clay Artist-in-Residence program will be a meaningful, in-depth program in which professional teaching musicians will be working with Clay band and orchestra students on a consistent basis. Clay Artist-in-Residence program parameters will be determined by the students’ needs, with ongoing input from the Clay band and orchestra directors.
Teaching Artist Expectations
The Clay Artist-in-Residence program is an educational offering, with teaching as the central focus. Teaching Artists must be available to meet with Clay students approximately two times per month:
- Ideal teaching sessions will be scheduled every other week. However, due to school breaks, there may be times that Teaching Artists will see students in consecutive weeks.
- Teaching artists will not meet with students more than once in the same week.
- Schedule will be determined in advance, based on band and orchestra schedules, as well as the Teaching Artists’ availability.
Teaching Artists must have a strong teaching background and necessary skills to assess and address students’ needs, ranging from beginner (particularly for students switching instruments) to advanced levels.
Teaching Artists will receive requests from the directors on the expectations/goals for each session. The teaching sessions will include, but not be limited to:
- Group lessons
- Side-by-side classroom experiences
Teaching Artists will be expected to be as prepared as possible to provide a successful and effective experience for the students.
Teaching Artists will have to commit to all sessions and will need to communicate their schedules/teaching availability in advance with the Director of Education.
Expectations of the SBSO Administration
The Director of Education will serve as the liaison between the Clay band and orchestra directors and the teaching artists. The Director of Education will assist with:
- Scheduling of Teaching Artists’ teaching sessions.
- Communicate with the Clay band and orchestra directors regarding teaching requests and desired student outcomes.
- Communicate with Teaching Artists any changes in regular school schedules (school breaks, teacher in-service days, snow days, etc.)
Expectations of the SBCSC Instrumental Music Teachers/ Fine Arts Curriculum
To make the Artist-in-Residence program effective, the Clay band and orchestra directors are expected to communicate regularly with the SBSO Director of Education. The directors/Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator will need to provide:
- Requests and desired outcomes for teaching sessions in a timely manner so the Teaching Artists will have time to adequately prepare (including scores, parts, etc.)
- Spaces for teaching artists to teach.
- Communicate with the SBSO Director of Education any changes in school schedules (teacher in-service days, breaks, etc.)
- Communicate any updates of band and orchestra program needs
Desired Program Outcomes
- Further the SBSO mission and vision.
- Develop long-term student/teacher/mentor relationships and association with the SBSO
- Increase student attendance at SBSO concerts.
- Strengthen individual student musical skills and knowledge as well as the Clay band and orchestra programs.
- Increase the attractiveness of the visual and performing arts programs in South Bend.
The Clay Artist-in-Residence program will be evaluated by the Teaching Artists, Clay band and orchestra directors, SBCSC Fine Arts Curriculum Coordinator, and SBSO administration. Individual evaluations should be kept by all parties, on a regular basis, to track program success. Although, the Clay Artist-in-Residence program will be formally evaluated at the end of the Spring 2018 semester, adjustments should be made on a regular basis to ensure the student success and program effectiveness.
Teaching Artist Selection
Teaching Artists (instruments and numbers) will be determined by the needs of the Clay band and orchestra programs. Teaching Artist will be selected upon review of qualifications, teaching experience, and availability.
Positions and teaching sessions, as determined based on current needs (subject to change):
- Flute – 20 class sessions (10 teaching days)
- Clarinet/Saxophone - 20 class sessions (10 teaching days)
- Trumpet - 20 class sessions (10 teaching days)
- Low brass (trombone, euphonium, tuba) – 10 class sessions (5 teaching days)
- Violin - 20 class sessions (10 teaching days)
- Viola - 20 class sessions (10 teaching days)
- Cello - 20 class sessions (10 teaching days)
- Bass – 10 class sessions (5 teaching days)
- Percussion 5 class sessions (5 teaching days – 3rd hour only)
Note: With the exception of percussion, all teaching days include two back-to-back class sessions.
Clay Artist-in-Residence Program Dates and Times
Tentative Program Dates: January 2018 – May 2018
Class times (all times are Eastern):
- 1st hour (band and orchestra): 7:45 - 8:40 a.m.
- 2nd hour (band and orchestra): 8:45 – 9:35 a.m.
- 3rd hour (percussion only): 9:40 – 10:30 a.m.
Clay Artist-in-Residence Program
$50 per hour (class hour is 50-55 minutes)
- 20 class sessions (10 teaching days) – total compensation: $1,000
- 10 class sessions (5 teaching days) – total compensation: $500
- 5 percussion class sessions (5 teaching days) – total compensation: $250
- There will be no additional compensation for mileage or per diem.
How to apply:
If you wish to be considered to become a Teaching Artist for one of the current openings or possible future openings, please submit your Résumé, along with the Application Form to SBSO Director of Education Christina Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 5, 2018.