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

Community Programs Manager

STATUS:              Full-Time Salaried
HOURS:               Tuesday-Saturday; 40+ hours per week, including some evenings

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 Role of the Community Programs Manager:

The Community Programs Manager is the lead program officer for all non-tuition bearing programs at Turtle Bay Music School, including:
• Public School Partnerships
• The Saturday Music Project
• Creative Aging Programming
• Cross Legged Concert
• Beyond the Bay partnerships

Key Responsibilities:

The Community Programs Manager is the primary staff member responsible for the coordination, execution, and evaluation of all funded programs, including:
• Ensure all day-to-day elements of funded programs are executed as planned, including contract management, vendor relationships, and teacher attendance and documentation
• With the Associate Director, develop and coordinate all annual calendars, schedules, performances, and  events related to funded programming
• Maintain positive working relationships and regular, timely communication with all key program stakeholders, including TBMS faculty members, partner school officials, TBMS staff, and families.
• Timely program “troubleshooting” as necessary, including key program stakeholder concerns, communication and financial issues, and student disciplinary issues.
• Oversight of TBMS teaching artists, TBMS Exploring The Arts Intern, and Saturday Programming Interns
• Provide payroll estimates and other timely financial information to Associate Director monthly
• With the Student Services Manager, cultivate and develop collaborative relationships with local schools, businesses, and other entities
• Collaborate with the Marketing Associate to develop all necessary marketing materials relating to TBMS community programming
• Oversee and execute evaluation processes for all community programs, including site visits as necessary; revisit and improve these processes annually
• Assist Development Team to provide current program statistics and demographics, and review finalized drafts of proposals as necessary
• Attend all off-site performances and special events related to community programs, including concerts, lectures, end-of-year performances, and open classes
• Represent TBMS at conferences and local and national arts education events
• Host TBMS evening events, including concerts, workshops, and information sessions as scheduled; some additional occasional evening and/or weekend hours may be necessary to help support special school events
• With Associate Director and Student Services Manager, supervise one part-time Program Assistant


• A demonstrated commitment to making arts education programs accessible to all
• Bachelor’s degree (preference given to arts administration, music education, or related fields) and a minimum of  three years experience coordinating and managing educational programming in a non-profit setting required
• Ability to look for solutions, self start and be a dynamic part of the programming and overall Turtle Bay Music School team
• Flexibility; adept at adapting to changing priorities and multi-tasking as conditions require
• A cooperative attitude; a talent for leading by example, motivating and empowering others to work together to reach common goals
• High “emotional IQ”; self-aware, able to manage emotions, and skilled at handling a wide variety of working relationships
• Ability to work resourcefully and efficiently to maintain high program standards within program budgets
• High energy, enthusiasm, and a strong work ethic
• Attention to detail in all aspects of the job
• Strong organizational and time management skills
• Understanding of and experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite are required
• Spanish language skills preferred but not required

Compensation and Reporting:

The Community Programs Manager reports to the Associate Director, and works full time (40+ hours/week).  Salary is commensurate with experience and full health and dental benefits are provided, as well as generous paid vacation time.

To Apply:

Please send a resume as well as a letter that describes your specific interest in and qualifications for the position. Electronic PDF submissions are preferred. Please send to: working@tbms.org, Attention: Community Programs Search. No calls, please.

Turtle Bay Music School 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.