Jazz Arts Initiative – Jazz Academy Instructor

Categories: Job Opportunities

Position: Jazz Academy Instructor

Organization: Jazz Arts Initiative

Location: Spirit Square, 345 North College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

Founded: 2009

Reports To: President

History: Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI) is a Charlotte-based nonprofit arts organization committed to connecting community and developing an audience for jazz through quality education, performance and musician support. Established in 2009 by co-founders Lonnie and Ocie Davis, JAI strives to serve as a catalyst for cultural enrichment and music education that brings creative inspiration to the lives of people in the Charlotte region.

Since its founding, JAI has grown considerably to include two primary programmatic offerings: The Jazz Room, a four-performance, monthly concert offering in uptown Charlotte taking place on Friday and Saturday nights, and Jazz Academy, comprised of youth workshops and ensembles, camps and outreach to local schools. Earned revenue from the Jazz Room coupled with contributed revenue fuels JAI’s Jazz Academy, which provides jazz music education for thousands of students annually.

Program Description: Jazz Arts Initiative (JAI) is seeking experienced professional jazz musicians to join its Jazz Academy faculty beginning in September 2018. JAI’s Jazz Academy programs include Youth Ensembles & Workshops and JazzArts Summer Camp. JAI Academy programs (Levels I, II, III, & IV) are for students in grades 7-12 interested in improving their individual jazz performance skills within the context of a small jazz ensemble. The Youth Ensembles & Workshops are 12-week (2-3 hour) sessions during the school year held each Sunday beginning in October 2018 and running through early May 2019. JazzArts Summer Camp is held one week in June. All Jazz Academy sessions provide students the opportunity to explore their individual skills within a supportive and relaxed ensemble environment, with a concentration on exploring jazz styles, standard repertoire, jazz improvisation, and history.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Vast knowledge of standard jazz repertoire and background in jazz improvisation, combo instruction, harmony and jazz history required
  • Ability to inspire middle and high school students by igniting an interest in jazz through enthusiasm and knowledge of genre
  • Private jazz teaching experience required
  • Strong jazz performance skills – faculty performances for Jazz Academy students will be required
  • Local and regional jazz reputation required
  • Jazz classroom teaching experience preferred

To Apply: Please send Curriculum Vitae, a list of three references, and an internet link to no more than ten minutes of sample performances to: info@thejazzarts.org. For more information: Contact Lonnie Davis at info@thejazzarts.org.

JAI is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in its work and staff. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable state or federal law. Jazz Arts encourages candidates of all groups and communities to apply for this position.

Beginning July 18, 2018 all inquiries, nominations and applications are to be directed via e-mail at info@thejazzarts.org. Applications must include a cover letter and CV/resume. Please indicate where you learned of the opportunity. No phone calls please.

To learn more about Jazz Arts Initiative please visit: www.TheJazzArts.org.