ABOUT US: Groove is a well-loved, neighborhood music studio with a mission to build community through music. Our game-based, fun-loving method of teaching puts musical fluencies first. We introduce babies to body beats (clappers, slappers, tappers, stompers), write songs with pre-schoolers, we get the whole family singing call and response. We believe that music is for everyone.
JOB DESCRIPTION: Currently we are looking for guitar players for our 2021 Fall session of Groove JAMS. You will work closely with the Class/Song Leader to learn the music and the flow of the 45-minute long JAMS which take place either in the Park (amplified) or at the Groove studio (unplugged). There are 2-3 consecutive JAMS every morning, Monday through Saturday. The average Groover is 1-3 years old accompanied by their grown-up(s). The same 10-12 families come to class on the same day/time each week to create consistency and build a musical community.
The core of our set list each week is the Music for Aardvarks song collection. The weekly set is designed by the Class/Song Leader and consists of 10-12 songs. The accompanist must know songs well and be able to improvise as needed. You will be provided with comprehensive training., rehearsal tracks, lead sheets and charts. You will also rehearse with the Class/Song Leader(s) prior to the start of the Fall session.
1. Love working with kids 2. Be skilled and versatile on your instrument and work well with others 3. Be able to learn a lot of songs quickly 3. Feel at ease around parents and caregivers 4. Be ready and willing to share your love of music with others 5. Have reliable transportation to/from class location.
BONUS POINTS, BUT NOT REQUIRED:
1. Prior experience working with kids in a school, music class or camp setting 2. Ability to learn by music by ear and transpose keys, if needed 3. Play additional instruments (bass, mandolin, uke, keys, sing, etc) 4. Ability to commit for the entire school year, and possibly through summer.
FALL 2021 WORK DATES/TIMES: Accompanists are not required to work every day, but multiple days is preferred. You must commit to those days/classes for the full session. Additional one-off gigs are very likely on Saturdays and Sundays through the Fall.
The JAM schedule dates/times for Fall 2021 can be found HERE
$25-35/class depending on experience.
You will also be paid a stipend for on-site training prior to job start date.
Accompanists are P/T employees and paid twice per month.
If this position sounds like the right fit for you, please take some time to get to know Groove and its programs at findgroove.com. Then click on the link below to submit your interest for the job.
From A Long-time Groove Musician/Class Leader: My whole time at Groove was truly memorable and some of my most-loved years professionally. There I learned to play guitar, I learned what joy and awe looks like on hundreds of young faces. I will always feel grateful to whatever inspiration it was that prompted me to answer the ad for groovy toddler music teacher. My time at Groove allowed me to meet some of the most talented and generous people I have ever had the privilege to know.