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School and Public Programs Educator

Location: Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, Calgary

Reporting to
: Programs Manager

Hours: 15-30 hours per week

Deadline for Applications: Friday, December 10, 2021

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

National Music Centre (NMC) believes in the power and importance of diversity and inclusion both in music and in the workplace. We ensure equal opportunity for all qualified applicants and encourage people of all visible minorities, including Indigenous applicants, and those of any religion, sex, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression to apply.

About this Position

Do you love telling stories? Do you love teaching others? Do you love playing music? Finally, are you available 15 – 30 hours a week? Then come join our programming team! NMC’s Educators are responsible for providing exceptional visitor experiences through programs, tours, and drop-in activities.

Reporting to the Programs Manager and working closely with a dedicated team across the organization, NMC’s Educators assist in the development, delivery and facilitation of programs at Studio Bell. Programs include curriculum-based school programs, public programs, exhibitions interpretation and gallery activations for students, children, families, seniors and all visiting public.

Examples of programs include:

School Programs: NMC’s school programs use music as an entry point to explore curricular connections and big ideas. Educators build upon curiosity by using inquiry-based learning to engage students in hands-on opportunities in gallery spaces, and classrooms. School programs are offered from September to June.

Public Programs: This position will play an active role in delivering tours and interpretive experiences for visitors in Studio Bell. Tours take place in galleries, studios, and classrooms. Tours are intended to delight and engage visitors through a combination of interpretation, storytelling and performances of the instruments on display. Tours are offered throughout the year in both public and private settings.

Gallery Activations: Activations are educational hands-on experiences designed to bring our gallery spaces and collections to life. While some of these activities are already developed, educators are actively involved in developing new gallery activations for both school programs and guests of the general public.

Summer/Spring Camps: Educators run week-long day camps in support of the National Music Centre's mission and vision. They create an immersive

Responsibilities

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Delivering engaging, hands-on, music-based programs to visitors to Studio Bell and/or participants in programs
  • Interpreting NMC’s living instrument collection, which includes going “behind the glass” to demonstrate the various instruments within the galleries
  • Continually striving for creative and innovative approaches to music programming that fosters life-long learning
  • Creating meaningful experiences and proactively engaging with all visitors; ensuring at all times that visitors leave having had a positive experience.
  • Employing storytelling methodologies to help visitors connect with exhibition materials in a way that is meaningful and personal.
  • Hosting NMC live music events as needed
  • Leading tour groups during museum hours and for private functions or events
  • Assisting with the development, research, and assessment of programs
  • Observing and maintaining gallery standards and protocols
  • Collaborating with all team members and other departments to elevate the visitor experience

Qualifications

The successful candidate should possess:

  • Skill and experience in musical performance is required, skill and experience with the piano or organ is an asset
  • A professional, positive attitude, and strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience in customer service, working with diverse groups and individuals of all ages and backgrounds
  • Strong organizational, communication and time management skills
  • Patience, flexibility, and a willingness to take initiative as well as follow instruction
  • Experience in musical training and education is an asset
  • Ability to speak French is an asset
  • Experience in program development and delivery
  • Experience working with school groups and young children
  • Post-Secondary education in music, education, or a related field is an asset, but not required
  • Availability to work 2-4 days a week, including evenings and weekends as required

What’s in it for you?

  • A flexible, inclusive and supportive work environment 
  • Access to a host of live music events 
  • 20% staff discount at the King Eddy 
  • 20% staff discount at the NMC Gift Shop 
  • A collaborative work environment that encourages creativity 

The rate of pay for this part-time position is $20 per hour

Applications

Qualified applicants are invited to send their resume and cover letter to Paige Foley, Programs Manager, at paige.foley@nmc.ca by December 10, 2021. We thank you in advance for your applications, and please note that only those chosen for interviews will be contacted.