About Our Organization
317 Main Community Music Center brings the power of music to people of all ages and abilities from across southern and mid-coast Maine. 317 Main was founded in 2004 on the idea that music can engage, vitalize, and strengthen human connections in our communities. At our studios and at partner locations in southern Maine, we provide music education for more than 500 people per week through one-on-one music lessons, group classes, jam sessions, ensembles, workshops, and summer camps. Our Community Partnership Program brings music to an even larger population of all ages who otherwise would not have access.
317 Main’s Little Roots program is an important part of the 317 Main curriculum and continuum. We are looking for an experienced and energetic early childhood education professional to coordinate the continued growth and development of 317 Main’s Little Roots program.
317 Main’s Little Roots Program Coordinator will work closely with the Director of Music Education, Little Roots teaching artists, administrative staff, and the 317 Main community to facilitate the Little Roots early childhood (ages 0-6) music education programs and services at 317 Main.
317 Main’s Little Roots curriculum combines music-making with movement, encouraging young children to feel the music in their bodies as they learn fundamental creative skills. Little Roots programs are distinctive, relevant, and consistent with 317’s friendly, fun, and accessible mission-based priorities. This welcoming approach is combined with a curricular foundation that, in a group setting, teaches children (and family members) to: sing comfortably; experience rhythm physically; and develop a dynamic and emotional relationship with the communicative power of music.
Current Little Roots offerings include Little Roots Family (all ages with caregivers), Little Roots Drum & Strum (djembe & ukulele, 3-5 yr olds), Little Roots Ukulele, Little Roots Fiddle, and Little Roots Piano classes (5 & 6 yr olds). Classes are currently offered Monday-Friday with plans to expand into Saturday and possibly into communities beyond our home base in Yarmouth.
The Little Roots Program Coordinator has two primary functional responsibilities. The first functional responsibility is to work with the Director of Music Education to deliver a curriculum that is relevant, compelling, and consistent with the 317 Main approach to music education which:
• combines fun with quality music education
• attracts and retains families with children ages birth to 6 years old
• connects to the established program continuum beyond age 6
• has systems in place which measure the quality, consistency, and value of all of the programs and services offered and allows for continuous improvement.
The other primary area of responsibility will be to work with the Director of Music Education to:
• mentor, coordinate training, and evaluate Little Roots teaching artists/programs
• coordinate annual program plan for Little Roots
• work with the Director of Marketing and Communications to develop a marketing & communications plan for the Little Roots program
• communicate with parents and teaching artists about Little Roots program offerings
• maintain an active schedule as a Little Roots teaching artist (compensated separately at 317 Main Teaching Artist rates)
• plan and implement special programs and events designed to promote the Little Roots brand to the greater community
• develop and maintain an annual budget for equipment, supplies, meetings, and training sessions, and work with the Business/Finance Director to make necessary purchases
• be the ambassador of the Little Roots music to the community
• Must have passion, dedication, and experience in the field of early childhood music education
• Must be personally engaging, friendly and want to work in a fast-paced community-oriented environment
• Must have experience and be comfortable working with children, parents, teaching artists, and administrative staff
• Must possess strong administrative skills and have experience developing and overseeing the implementation of program plans
• Must be able to work as a team player in support of an organizational mission
• Must possess good verbal and written communication skills
• Instrumental and vocal skills are strongly preferred
• Degree in Early Childhood preferred, K-5 or comparable experience considered
• At least 3 years of teaching experience in an early childhood education setting
• Certification/experience in Kodály, Orff, and/or First Steps in Music a plus
How to Apply
The Little Roots Program Coordinator is a part-time, year-round, 16hr/week program administration position. It is designed to be combined with an active schedule as a Little Roots Teaching Artist (compensated at 317 Main Little Roots Teaching Artist rates).
To apply, please email your current resume with a cover letter to email@example.com. It will be helpful if your cover letter indicates how your professional interests and qualifications are a good match with the position and the 317 Main Community Music Center’s mission to: encourage creative expression, personal growth, and community connection through music. To apply by mail, please send to: 317 Main Community Music Center, 317 Main Street, Yarmouth, ME 04096