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

Program Assistant

STATUS: Part-time

HOURS: 20 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends

The Program Assistant works in collaboration with the entire program staff to assist with the day-to-day operations and logistics of TBMS’s tuition-bearing and community-centered programs, ensuring that Turtle Bay achieves its goals for enrollment and excellence in all aspects of its education and performance activities. 
The Program Assistant will also work with the entire TBMS faculty as well as our diverse body of students and community partners. The successful candidate will be a team-player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a strong understanding of and enthusiasm for the importance of details. 
The Program Assistant will be responsible to: 
  • Process and maintain attendance records for all TBMS programs, including outreach and partnership programs 
  • Process daily student registrations and payments
  • Maintain accurate database records, schedules, and create enrollment reports 
  • Assist Student Services Manager and Department Coordinators with timely response to new student inquiries, and scheduling for current students
  • Print, mail, and file registration forms and invoices 
  • Assist with the organization and preparation for TBMS’s many concert and masterclass opportunities for students, including: Monthly Performance Hours for Adults, Monthly Young Artists’ Recitals, Suzuki Solo Recitals and Group Concerts, String and Piano Masterclasses, Studio Workshops, and Strings, Piano, and Early Childhood Department Parent Workshops 
  • Assist with weekly preparation for the Saturday Music Project as assigned, including printing and maintaining schedules and correspondence, and preparing progress reports
  • Update program calendars and materials as changes occur, and make correlating changes in attendance submission documents and database systems 
  • Processing and data entry for evaluation materials
  • Train on all aspects of front desk duties 
  • Brainstorm and implement new, efficient processes with program staff 
  • Special in-house and outreach projects and additional administrative support as assigned 
  • Occasional evening and/or weekend hours to help support special school events
The ideal candidate will possess: 
  • A passion for the work of Turtle Bay Music School 
  • An above-average attention to detail in all aspects of the job 
  • The ability to look for solutions, self start and be a dynamic part of the programming and overall Turtle Bay team 
  • Flexibility; adept at adapting to changing priorities and multi-tasking as conditions require 
  • High energy, enthusiasm and a can-do attitude 
  • High “emotional IQ”; self-aware, able to manage emotions, and skilled at handling relationships 
  • Sense of humor, valuing a joyful working environment
  • Cultural competence, and the ability to interact effectively with people of varied cultures and socio-economic backgrounds
  • Experience with data entry required, and experience maintaining database systems (particularly FileMaker Pro/StudioSchool Pro) preferred

To Apply:

Please send a resume along with a letter detailing interest to working@tbms.org, Attention: Program Assistant. Turtle Bay Music School is an equal opportunity employer.


Marketing and Communications Associate

STATUS: Part-time salaried

HOURS: 30 hours per week, including some evenings and weekends

The Marketing and Communications Associate (MCA) manages all day-to-day aspects of TBMS marketing and communications, and assists in the development of the annual TBMS Marketing Plan. The MCA works closely with members of the Registration, Community Programs, and Development teams, and with Board members, faculty, and volunteers to assist in the administration, coordination, and implementation of all outward-facing activities.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identify marketing priorities, strategies, and benchmarks for the annual marketing plan to help increase student and community engagement.
  • Ensure all materials reflect the TBMS style and brand.
  • Create print ephemera and web content related to TBMS classes, programs, and events, including course catalogs, posters, invitations, etc.
  • Manage the WordPress website and actively update all social media channels using Hootsuite. Create social media ads.
  • Manage and update Google AdWords account; manage Google Analytics.
  • Develop media content for use in marketing and fundraising campaigns. Create photo and video documentation of community programs, student performances, and concerts.
  • Produce and distribute the weekly digital newsletters using MyEmma.
  • Research new publications and media channels and actively work to develop relationships that will increase TBMS brand awareness to help drive enrollment and donations.
  • Promote Artist Series concerts and other free public events throughout the year using print materials, Eventbrite, and other free online listing databases; draft and distribute press releases as necessary.
  • Create and maintain mail and email lists with the assistance of the registration and development teams.
  • Produce regular analytics across channels to evaluate current strategies.
  • Assist with special events, including TBMS Perform-A-Thon, as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. A major in advertising, marketing, communications, or design is preferred.
  • 1-2 years of experience in an office setting.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite. WordPress experience preferred.
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills required.
  • Experience managing social media platforms and email marketing campaigns preferred.
  • Excellent project management, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work well both independently and with a team in a fast-paced setting.
  • Familiarity or a desire to learn about community arts preferred.

The Marketing and Communications Associate reports to the Development Manager. Salary is commensurate with experience and full health and dental benefits are provided, as well as generous paid vacation time.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume, along with a brief writing sample and an example of design work, to working@tbms.org, Attention: Marketing and Communications Associate. Turtle Bay Music School is an equal opportunity employer.


Piano Faculty Member

STATUS:              Hourly beginning in September 2017
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.