San Jose Jazz: Progressions SJSU Instrumental Teaching Assistant

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Are you a community member who is passionate about providing transformative life experiences for at-risk youth? Do you believe that every child deserves access to high quality after-school and weekend music education and to be part of a learning community that sets the bar high, regardless of ability to pay? If the answer is YES, you may apply to join the San Jose Jazz Progressions team for the 2015-16 academic year. We are a committed group of musicians, educators and social activists with a steadfast commitment to Progressions, an after-school and weekend youth development program that uses music to connect with low-income, at-risk kids in East San Jose. Our mission? To keep participants in school, out of gangs, and on the road to becoming positive contributing members of our community.

We currently seek two responsible and self-directed Teaching Assistants to support the Progressions instrumental program at our school sites in the Franklin-McKinley School District.


Roles and Responsibilities

Support Band Instructors in delivering high-quality instruction to beginning/intermediate students
Provide one-on-one support to students as needed
Oversee online learning lab (by utilizing computer-based ear training, theory apps)
Offer student support with homework as needed
Ensure the smooth flow of daily programming
Act as role model and advisor to students
Maintain a positive classroom culture
Address student discipline issues proactively

Work Hours

5 hours per week during the school year (2 days per week after school 3-5:30 pm, days TBD)
Some Saturday mornings, weekends and evenings
Possibility of 2-3 weeks in the summer



Currently enrolled as a music education undergraduate (or graduate) student at SJSU
Interested in pursuing music education as a career
Experience assisting beginning students with proper technique (trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet)
Interested in working with youth from low-income backgrounds
Punctual and self-directed
Strong interpersonal skills and a patient demeanor
Willingness to work collaboratively with others
Familiarity with El Sistema model for youth development preferred

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