To apply for any of our current job opportunities, please e-mail the requested documents to working@tbms.org with the job title written in the subject line. TBMS must receive all information requested in order to consider your candidacy. Qualified candidates only please. No calls. No agencies. Candidates selected for interview will be contacted. Turtle Bay Music School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Current Job Opportunities

Preschool Director

TBMS is excited to announce an opening for a dynamic individual to serve as the founding Director of a new music-centered preschool with the long term capacity for 58 children, opening in Fall 2019.

Founded in 1925, TBMS is a community music school whose mission is to spread the transformative power of music by providing the highest quality music education and experiences to all who seek them. Our programs serve over 5,000 New Yorkers of all ages annually through our in-house lessons, classes and community outreach programs.

TBMS is in the final phase of relocating to a new, fully accessible location that features 5 purpose built preschool classrooms. TBMS is excited to expand its current early childhood offerings to bring 93 years of the highest quality music education experience to the preschool classroom.

TBMS is looking for a high-energy individual with the ability to vision and execute a start-up venture. TBMS’s Preschool Director will design and oversee a curriculum that inspires children to live expressive and communicative lives while laying the foundation for a life-long love of music.

The Director serves as the primary ambassador of the preschool to the internal community and beyond. They are responsible for maintaining a cohesive educational vision, developing and promoting a warm and welcoming culture, and ensuring full enrollment. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is deeply committed to early childhood education seeking to work community based environment.

Primary responsibilities 2018-19

  • Prepare the program to meet all requirements for licensures from the Department of Health Bureau of Child Care, and Article 47, NYC Fire Department and the New York City Building Department
  • Work with the TBMS senior leadership team to articulate a statement of purpose which articulates the philosophy of the preschool and supports an effective marketing strategy and enrollment process
  • Design a class structure to meet the demands of the market and surrounding neighborhood
  • Build a dedicated and energetic teaching team ready for a September 2019 opening
  • Liaise with the TBMS program team to design a general curriculum with a strong music integration
  • Establish a presence during morning check in of our early childhood programs to build relationships with prospective families and students
  • Assist with the development of existing and new feeder programs

Responsibilities 2019-20 and beyond

  • Oversee all aspects of the preschool, including daily operations & administration, teacher hiring and training, and parent relations
  • Have ultimate responsibility for development and implementation of a robust recruitment strategy to expand applicant pool and raise the profile of the preschool
  • Establish a dynamic marketing plan to promote the program and establish an online presence
  • In partnership with the Executive Director and Director of Finance and Administration, develop a business plan that will provide a caring program for the children and produce a profitable operation, while meeting all required state and city licensing requirements
  • Support the teachers in creating a classroom curriculum that reflects the TBMS mission and educational philosophy and adheres to developmentally appropriate practice in Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Be present in all of the classrooms to build meaningful relationships with the children
  • Develop a Parent Committee to support the preschool in creating its own community and one that integrates with the larger organization as well as planning fundraising events for TBMS and a preschool tuition assistance program
  • Maintain positive connection with other preschool directors in the area, and the ECE community at large, to share resources and support
  • Serve as a member of the TBMS senior administration team and be an ambassador for the preschool and organization

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

Salary: Commensurate with previous Early Childhood experience, educational background, founding experience and recruitment record
Job Type: Part-time beginning summer 2018 converting to full-time by approx. September 2018
Experience: Supervisory: 2 plus years, Teaching: 2 plus years
Education: BA Early Childhood Education or related field required. Master’s in Early Childhood Education preferred, some musical background desired
License: NYS Teaching Certification for children under 6 years old. Solid working knowledge of Early Childhood Education and NYC Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene, Article 47 of the NYC Health Code


Health benefits; dental, medical, vision
Discounts for employee’s children on all our programs
Paid Holidays and school breaks

To Apply

Please send a cover letter detailing your experience and educational approach and philosophy along with your CV to TBMS’s Executive Director Lorna Jane Norris at lornajane@tbms.org.

Piano Faculty Member

STATUS:              Hourly
HOURS:               TBD; year-round weekly lessons    
REPORTS TO:     TBMS Student Services Manager

About Turtle Bay Music School

Turtle Bay Music School (or TBMS) is one of the oldest community music schools in the United States, and is a proud founding member of the National Guild of Community Arts Education.  Turtle Bay Music School strives to spread the transformative power of music by providing the highest quality music education and experiences to all in the community who seek them. The fundamental principle that unites TBMS’s programming is the belief that creativity is a vital means of bringing together a culturally and ethnically diverse community.  Reaching more than 4,000 New Yorkers each year, Turtle Bay Music School is truly a haven—a space to share in the joy of music-making. Turtle Bay Music School believes:

  • Everyone is welcome to share our passion for music, regardless of age, ability or economic status
  • Music education should be made available to all school-aged children
  • Community service is integral to TBMS as a way for the School to share its mission and values with the people of New York
  • TBMS is committed to creating a wide range of opportunities for our dedicated and talented faculty to pursue continued excellence as educators and performers

The ideal piano faculty candidate will have the following experience and credentials:

  • Significant experience working with students ages 5 and up (including adults!) teaching both private lessons and group classes.
  • BM required, MM preferred,  in piano, piano pedagogy, and/or music education
  • A sense of fun and humor, and a passion for the work of Turtle Bay Music School.
  • Flexible; adept at adapting to changing priorities and multi-tasking as conditions require
  • High energy, enthusiasm and a can-do attitude.

TBMS faculty members are asked to provide well-rounded quality musical instruction to students by:

  • Encouraging creativity, consistency in attendance, practice, progress and performance.
  • Tailoring teaching to the individual needs, abilities and goals of each student while teaching fundamental musical skills.
  • Inspiring students through your passion, talents and love for teaching which in turn will foster musical and personal growth.

We ask that TBMS faculty members:

  • Understand TBMS’s Mission and Policies and openly communicate questions to staff members.
  • Engage themselves and students in TBMS’s musical community to actively support its mission.
  • Maintain open and frequent communication with parents and students in order to support their educational progress, maintain studio enrollment and ensure each student has an exceptional experience at TBMS.
  • Have knowledge of related TBMS programs and make recommendations that will stimulate and expand a student’s artistic education.

To Apply

Applicants should e-mail a cover letter and resume to working@tbms.org. Please include TBMS Piano Faculty Position in the subject of your email. Only those being considered will be contacted.  No phone calls please. TBMS is an equal opportunity employer.

Orff-Schulwerk Teaching Position

Founded in 1925, Turtle Bay Music School strives to spread the transformative power of music by providing the highest quality music education and experiences to all in the community who seek them. At TBMS, we believe music is an integral part of daily life and we offer classes for all ages and skill levels. Our community is inclusive, fun, and focused on meeting each student’s needs.

TBMS currently seeks a teaching artist to join our Orff-based P.S. Outreach Programs.

STATUS:             Part-Time, Hourly
SALARY:             $50 per class; no benefits or paid holidays
HOURS:             TBD – Following the Public School Calendar and the TBMS lessons calendar (late September through June)
REPORTS TO:   TBMS Community Programs Manager and Associate Director


The successful candidate will be asked to integrate creative movement, dance, song, vocal technique, listening, pitched and non-pitched percussion, ensemble playing, music literacy, recorder skills, solfege, and multicultural approaches.  Orff-Schulwerk training and experience teaching public school classes preferred.  Effective organization, communication (both written and verbal), and classroom management skills required.  Must be willing to inspire student and community enthusiasm and build programs at site level.

A Bachelors or Masters Degree in Music or Music Education, with an emphasis in elementary music education is preferred.  Flexibility, problem solving skills, and ability to maintain positive relationships with students, parents, community members and staff required.  Choral experience is a plus, but is not required. Desire to be a part of a collaborative and collegial faculty is a must.


  • Create and implement lesson plans that meet the individual needs, interests, and abilities of students within the framework of TBMS Orff-based programming guidelines.
  • Institute clear objectives for all lessons, assignments, units and projects in accordance with curriculum goals.
  • Establish and maintain a positive classroom environment conducive to learning by managing appropriate student behavior.
  • Prescribe effective learning programs and initiate referrals to appropriate personnel when concerns arise.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with administration concerning students’ musical, social, and behavioral progress.
  • Accurate and regularly submitted attendance records with comments when applicable to track class success.
  • Plan for and supervise classroom aides, guests and volunteers.
  • Cooperate with staff and support personnel in assessing and evaluating programming.
  • Other duties as assigned

To Apply:

Please email cover letter and resume to working@tbms.org.  Please include in the subject line of the email “TBMS Orff-Schulwerk Position”. No phone calls, please. Turtle Bay Music School is an equal opportunity employer.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always welcome! Please contact info@tbms.org for information about volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your interest in Turtle Bay Music School.