BSO OrchKids was founded in 2008 by conductor Marin Alsop. Since then, it has been offering music education and programming during and after school across many schools in Baltimore City. Through Peabody and the BSO’s OrchKids programs, Peabody students teach private and group instrumental lessons to OrchKids students. Teaching takes place during and after school throughout the school year. Positions are posted throughout Handshake, but all hiring is completed by the OrchKids staff. Positions are only open to Federal Work Study students, and pays $35/hour.
Teaching artists are young educators dedicated to supporting students and their musical progress through private lessons. The OrchKids educational philosophy focuses on student-centered learning, holistic and evidence-based teaching practices relevant to our students’ lives, creation and improvisation, inclusion, student voice and agency, and ensemble music-making. Embracing OrchKids educational philosophy, Teaching artists help guide the musical development of the program’s students through private lessons and assisting with classes. This methodology aims to promote synchronicity and community as well as simultaneously cultivating high artistic instrumental skills (i.e. technique, learning challenging repertoire) and fostering creativity (e.g. improvisation and composition).
For further information, please contact Khandeya Sheppard, Manager of Community Partnerships at [email protected].