Young People’s String Program Associate Director, Upper Strings

Johns Hopkins University
Maryland, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 7, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs
Employment Type
Part Time

Violinist or violist to serve as Associate Director for Upper Strings of the Suzuki/Rolland-based Young People’s String Program (YPSP) and teach in the YPSP and the String Department at the Peabody Preparatory, a division of the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.

This position will work with the Co-Director of Upper Strings and the YPSP leadership team on the development of Peabody Preparatory’s Young People’s String Program, which provides comprehensive private and Group Class instruction to beginners through middle school. The upper strings include over a dozen faculty and 150 students, with sixteen violin and viola Group Classes across three campuses.

Reports to: YPSP Co-Chair for Upper Strings and the String Department Co-Chairs

Read more about the Peabody Young People’s String Program here:

Duties and Responsibilities:

Students and Families:

  • Participate in developing and expanding the Peabody YPSP Upper Strings core curriculum
  • Assist with violin and viola placements for upper strings, ages 11 (fall, spring, summer)
  • Assist with and or hold student/family orientations.
  • Assist with YPSP concerts, guests, outreach, and special events.
  • Work with faculty and the String Co-Chairs or Director of the Preparatory as needed, referring any student and family issues as they arise.


  • Teach or assist YPSP Group Classes as requested.
  • Attend and take minutes for YPSP meetings
  • Mark concert music (bowings, fingerings, etc.), post to shared documents.
  • Work with faculty, Co-Chairs, and the Director of the Preparatory as needed, manage any faculty issues as they arise.


  • Reconcile the internal YPSP Group Class and Fiddlers Four rosters with ASAP registration rosters and communicate with the YPSP Co-Director and office staff to make necessary adjustments each semester.
  • Assist with YPSP publications, programs, and web content as requested.
  • Create, maintain and/or assist with Upper Strings shared faculty documents that facilitate communication among YPSP faculty (Group Rosters, Solo Sign-Up, core repertoire, etc.) as requested.
  • Assist with YPSP Concerts and special events.
  • Organize receptions for YPSP Concerts
  • Review content in preparation for the ASAP online registration system for all group and placement classes, and check that information is consistent between ASAP and the website.
  • Participate in String Department coordinator and faculty meetings and participate in the evolution of a creative department


  • Teach violin and or viola in the YPSP and may teach non-YPSP students at any level.
  • Teach YPSP Group Classes on Saturdays Downtown, and possibly at either the Towson or Howard County campus on a weekday as assigned.
  • Assist with planning and leading of YPSP Concerts.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required, and a Master’s degree is strongly preferred.
  • Must have over three years of teaching experience.
  • Must love and have experience teaching young children. Experience teaching a range of levels and abilities is preferred.
  • Pedagogical training and familiarity with Suzuki repertoire and Paul Rolland’s approach, and experience and comfort in teaching repertoire outside of and beyond Suzuki books;
  • The candidate should have strong administrative experience (experience in a music institution a plus)
  • Ability to work collegially but independently
  • Ability to multi-task and think strategically
  • Excellent communication, conflict resolution, and problem-solving skills
  • Possess a high comfort level with technology, ideally with extensive experience with Microsoft Office Suite products or Google Docs required.

START DATE : August 1, 2021

COMPENSATION : Dependent upon experience.

LOCATION : The Peabody Preparatory shares space with the Peabody Conservatory in downtown Baltimore and offers strings at two satellite branches in the communities of Towson and Howard County, MD. The Preparatory is more than 100 years old and has approximately 2,000 students studying all instruments, dance, theory, early childhood, orchestra, and more. We embrace the novice as well as the serious student aspiring to a career in music.

Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. Video links to your teaching are encouraged. The position will remain open until filled, but for best consideration, apply by July 15, 2021.

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