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Formerly the Newton-Needham Chamber

Teacher for Ensemble Bands with Students with Special Needs

Posted: 10/31/2021

The Plugged In Band Program in Needham is hiring a teacher for in-person and virtual ensembles for inclusion bands that have 1-2 students with special needs and neurotypical students as volunteers.  Plugged In is a kind, fun, supportive and creative community where all employees and students are valued and included.  

  • We are looking for someone who is a current Music Therapy student or graduate (or someone who has experience working with children with special needs). 
  • Strong preference will be given to candidates who have experience working in an inclusive setting.
  • The candidate must have basic knowledge in guitar, drums, keyboard and bass - and proficiency in at least 1-2 of those instruments. 
  • Band classes are 1 1/2 hours long and are offered weekdays between 3:00-9:00 PM Monday thru Friday, Saturdays between 11:00-6:30 PM and Sundays between 11:00-8:00 PM at the Plugged In facility in Needham.
  • We are located within walking distance of MBTA bus and commuter rail stops. 

Please see this link for more job description details.

Plugged In is a unique nonprofit youth rock band program in Needham teaching young musicians ages 8-19 of all levels and needs about using music to create positive change in the world.  In addition to weekly ensemble band classes, private lessons, summer camp, songwriting workshops, community performances, music technology classes and virtual cross-cultural music programs, five times a year Plugged In students perform in benefit concerts that raise money for causes and organizations chosen by the students themselves. Plugged In provides a nurturing and supportive community to which young musicians feel a sense of belonging, an opportunity to express and be acknowledged for their musical interests and a chance to use their music to help others around the world.  

What makes Plugged In special is our commitment to including all students, regardless of their ability to pay or the costs associated with accommodating our students with special needs - what we call our Inclusion Program.  In this environment of compassion and acceptance, all our students learn the power of helping others and learn to love themselves. 

Students with special needs who are high functioning are placed in traditional bands. Students with more severe special needs are placed in bands with high school and/or college volunteers who act as mentors and teaching assistants.

Desired Skills
  • Can transcribe music quickly
  • Familiar with a wide variety of music
  • Familiar with guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals
  • Experience teaching ensembles
  • Experience teaching kids with special needs
  • Experience working in an inclusive setting
Compensation - $26.67/hour for ensemble band classes

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Job Type: Part Time