Lead Piano & Strings Teacher

Vail, 81657 | 09/18/2018 | Ad id: 8-0000294623

 Education Department

After-School Programs: Piano & Strings

Job Description: Lead Teacher


Date: August 2018

Title: Lead Teacher

Job Location: Eagle, CO (Eagle Valley Elementary School)

Job dates: mid-September through end of April (following ECSD calendar vacations)

*Classes at EVES for the 2018-19 year will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays: 3-7pm*

Classification: Part Time hourly

Department: Education

Reports to: Keelin Davis, Education Manager


About Bravo! Vail

The Bravo! Vail Music Festival brings world-renowned musicians to picturesque venues throughout the Vail Valley for six weeks each summer, drawing music lovers from around the world. The only festival in North America to host four of the world's finest orchestras in a single season, Bravo! Vail's 2018 season features residencies with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic- plus the London-based Academy of St Martin in the Fields, which, in 2016, became the first international orchestra to perform at the Festival. In addition, internationally acclaimed chamber artists and soloists perform a wide array of unique and carefully curated chamber music programs.

As stewards of exceptional orchestral and chamber music in the Vail Valley, Bravo! Vail is proud to continue the tradition of providing the very best education programs to youth and adults. The After-School Piano Program, Little Listeners @ the Library, Free Family Concerts, Spring Family Chamber Series and Instrument Petting Zoos provide education and enrichment programs to area children all year long. In addition, the extensive series of Free Concerts, Pre- Concert Talks, Bravo! Vail After Dark, and Chamber Musicians in Residence, open rehearsals, master classes and internships reach thousands more young professionals and adults throughout the Vail Valley.

The three tenets of Bravo! Vail brand are: extraordinary music, the natural beauty of the Vail Valley and the social and community aspects associated with the concert experience.


Bravo! Vail Mission: Bravo! Vail enriches people's live through the power of music by: producing the finest performances by the greatest artists; fostering music education; and promoting a lifelong appreciation of the arts.

Bravo! Vail Values: Advances excellence; Shares artistic passion; Acts with integrity and respect; Embraces collaboration. Bravo! Vail celebrates its 31st season from June 21 through August 2, 2018 under the direction of Artistic Director Anne-Marie McDermott. Bravo! Vail is a 503(c) 3 Colorado non-profit organization founded in 1987.

Bravo! Vail's culture is a tight-knit, collaborative group of happy, active people who value each other as team members. Each department takes great pride in their work, while also taking great pleasure in the unique Vail lifestyle.

Program Overview: Bravo! Vail’s After-School Programs encourage students to explore the world of classical music through group classes that include lessons covering music theory, history, composition, performance and collaboration.  In weekly classes held throughout the academic year, students build strong musical foundations by performing polished pieces for their peers.  This culminates in an end-of-year performance.  Students are assessed with pre and post program testing as well as a mid-year parent-teacher check in. Bravo! Vail believes that students learn to appreciate music the most by playing it.  The After-School Programs seek to inspire each student to be not only a great performer but also an appreciative future audience member.    

Position Summary:  The Lead Teacher is an integral part of the teaching team and must provide a safe and inspiring environment conducive to learning while at the same time promoting a life-long appreciation of music. Lead Teachers are responsible for guiding each of their group classes and individual students with a positive, solution-based approach to music education.

Essential Functions:

·       Teaching

o   Follow Bravo! Vail’s After-School Programs’ curriculum to progress classes through each level of material thoroughly, to include:

§  Accurately track attendance

§  Perform Pre/Post Program Testing

§  Parent Check-Ins

§  Accurately record student progress

o   Support individual students’ learning needs in order to set them up for success throughout the year  

·       Communication

o   Provide needed and requested information in a timely manner, to all parties:

§  Students

§  Parents

·       Send weekly parent emails to all families that include material covered in class, homework and upcoming events

§  Colleagues

o   Bravo! Vail Education Manager

§  Promptly and accurately enter personal data pertaining to hours worked and pay through Bravo! Vail’s employee system

§  Attend monthly staff meetings (and/or trainings) with entire teaching team to problem solve common issues and plan for the upcoming teaching weeks 

o   Work cooperatively and develop positive interpersonal relationships with all parties listed above.


·       A passion for Bravo! Vail mission

·       A minimum of two years of work experience in music education

o   Ideally keyboard or string instruction for elementary (primary) students

·       Energetic, flexible, collaborative and proactive team member

·       Excellent judgement and creative problem-solving including conflict resolution skills

·       Self-reliant, but also excels as team player

·       Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills

·       Basic proficiency in computer skills

·       Ability to pass a background check


How to Apply:

Email resume and cover letter to Keelin Davis, kdavis@bravovail.org, with subject line: Lead Teacher Position.