PER SESSION VACANCY CIRCULAR (VC) NOTICE # 165: Teacher (Music Teacher, Salute To Music) - OASP

  • Posted Date: May 20, 2019 Deadline: Dec 31, 2019

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Music teacher for Borough-Wide Salute to Music instrumental and vocal music program and Piano Accompanist

Up to 5 piano accompanists and 65 music teacher positions


Various citywide rehearsal sites in NYCDOE schools


New York City Department of Education licensed and appointed teacher of music currently assigned as a teacher of instrumental or vocal music, middle school preferred


  1. Holds active New York State teaching certification in music
  2. Extensive knowledge of middle- and high school-level ensemble, solo, and chamber repertoire, as well as instrumental or choral/vocal pedagogy, corresponding to one or more of the following ensembles (chorus, concert band, jazz ensemble, orchestra); teacher’s musical expertise must correspond to the needs of the ensemble(s) where vacancy exists
  3. Effective or Highly Effective ratings in Advance for the past three years while teaching in NYCDOE music programs, middle school ensembles preferred
  4. History of demonstrated excellence in preparing students for high-quality musical performances, as well as engaging and retaining the majority of students in their school’s music program
  5. Strong vocal/instrumental performance and conducting skills
  6. Ability to critically assess musical, organizational, and interpersonal challenges and identify and implement effective solutions
  7. Ability to work collaboratively with teacher colleagues and program manager
  8. Demonstrated evidence of strong leadership skills
  9. Demonstrated ability to be well organized and follow detailed instructions and procedures
  10. Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and to meet deadlines
  11. Willingness to teach weekly on Saturday mornings, per work schedule listed below, and to participate with Salute to Music ensembles in performances at NYC venues at select times during the school year
  12. Documented record of excellent attendance and punctuality
  1. Demonstrated ability to communicate in a professional, clear, timely, and transparent manner, in speech and in writing, to exercise sound professional judgment, and to display professionalism, positivity, and respect in all ways at all times
  1. Proficiency using cloud-based Office 365 applications, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Forms


  1. Demonstrated evidence of professional-level piano skills, including music sight-reading
  2. Demonstrated ability to accompany varied musical styles authentically and fluidly
  3. Satisfactory piano audition performance

Note: Applicants for per session employment who are not employed in the Department of Education’s regular school program or adult education program shall be considered for selection only if no qualified day school teacher or adult education employee is available.


  1. Lead efficient, effective and engaging weekly rehearsals of the Salute to Music Program ensembles
  2. Work collaboratively with teacher colleagues and program manager to plan and coordinate program activities and prepare students for scheduled concerts
  3. Actively recruit students to audition and enroll in the Salute to Music Program
  4. Select repertoire for concert programs in collaboration/coordination with fellow Salute to Music faculty
  5. Take an active role in all aspects of student supervision
  6. Take an active role implementing/assisting with all aspects of rehearsal and concert participation, including but not limited to:
    1. regular updating of emergency contact information in the OASP-specified electronic system(s) (shared with the Salute to Music Program Manager and select OASP staff)
    2. weekly updating of attendance records using OASP-specified electronic system (shared with the Salute to Music Program Manager and select OASP staff)
    3. ongoing communication with students and parents (email, phone, in person) regarding regular attendance and punctuality
    4. weekly musical preparation for rehearsal, including thorough score study
    5. developing and implementing rehearsal outlines and maintaining focus around rehearsal goals, in collaboration with Salute to Music faculty, shared each week via Office 365 with faculty, Salute to Program Manager and select OASP staff
    6. weekly distribution of MetroCards and monthly completion of MetroCard accountability forms, according to specified procedures
    7. reviewing several drafts of the concert program, performance narratives, stage plots, and award nominee biographies by requested deadlines
    8. maintain and submit semi-annual inventory
  7. Exercise sound professional judgment at all times and maintain a positive, respectful, proactive stance while remaining in accordance with all NYCDOE Chancellor’s regulations
  8. Ensure safety protocols are followed and building secured at the end of each activity
  9. If needed, serve as center director and assist program manager with administrative duties.Duties may include those listed in #6 above, as well as: maintenance of student permission forms, staff payroll, obtaining building permits, serving as a liaison to school sites, responsibility for student safety and discipline.


  1. Provide piano accompaniment and teach choral/vocal parts for weekly sectionals, full ensemble rehearsals, solo coachings, and scheduled performances under the direction of the Salute to Music Chorus Director(s) and/or Program Manager of the Salute to Music Program, assuming conducting responsibility only as requested


September 2019 through June 2020 – Saturday, 8:30am to 12:00 pm, other weekday and weekend hours as needed, all dates and times to be determined (Up to 130 hours per position)


As per Collective Bargaining Agreement


Cover letter, resume, Application Form OP-175, and a copy of your NYS teaching license must be received on or before December 31, 2019.

Mail to:

Callie McGlone, Arts Program Manager

Office of Arts and Special Projects

4360 Broadway, 4th Floor

New York, New York 10033

Attention: Salute to Music Teacher

If you have questions concerning this advertisement e-mail Callie McGlone at


Signature for Peter Ianniello

An Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D

It is the policy of the Department of Education of the City of New York to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex), military status, unemployment status, caregiver status, consumer credit history, prior record of arrest or conviction (except as permitted by law), predisposing genetic characteristics, or status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual offenses and stalking, and to maintain an environment free of harassment on any of the above-noted grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. For more information, please refer to the DOE Non-Discrimination Policy.

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