To apply for any of our current job opportunities, please e-mail the requested documents to 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

Director of Education
Orff-Schulwerk Teaching Position
Volunteer Opportunities

Director of Education

STATUS: Full-Time Salaried
BENEFITS: Medical, Dental and Vision
HOURS: 40 hours per week, including some evenings and/or weekends
START DATE: October/November 2018

About Turtle Bay Music School
Founded in 1925, Turtle Bay Music School (TBMS) is one of the oldest community music schools in the United States, and is a 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. Reaching more than 5,000 New Yorkers each year, TBMS believes:

  • Everyone is welcome to share our passion for music, regardless of age, race, 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.

TBMS is in the final phase of relocating to a new, fully accessible facility in Mid-Town Manhattan. This relocation allows TBMS to expand and strengthen its tuition bearing programs as well as grow and deepen its impact through outreach and community based programs in senior centers, public schools and through the Saturday Music Project.

Scope of the Position

The Director of Education provides leadership and strategic direction for all in-house tuition bearing lessons and classes (with the exception of The Preschool at TBMS), as well as Community Partnerships and Outreach. They are responsible for maintaining a cohesive educational vision centered around access, inclusion and excellence. The Director of Education is a compassionate and driven leader with the experience to increase enrollment and improve student experience through effective management, program development, evaluation, and systems thinking.

Primary Responsibilities

    • Oversee TBMS’s education programs with the goal of offering a broad-based continuum to reflect the needs of students of all ages and abilities
    • Manage the program staff and teaching artists
    • Monitor and continually work to improve the systems processes that are necessary to support programming
    • Develop and monitor the program budget to meet strategic educational goals
    • Work with the registration and placement team to grow and monitor enrollment and track trends to inform future program development
    • Measure the success of our programs through evaluation best practices such as faculty and parent surveys and observing student outcomes
    • In collaboration with the Executive Director, plan and oversee professional development opportunities for faculty and staff
    • Explore and maintain educational strategic partnerships with local and regional schools and organizations to grow and expand our programmatic offerings
    • Liaise with the Marketing team to develop and execute a dynamic marketing strategy
    • Partner with the Director of Development in the production and implementation of business, foundation and government grant applications, and strategize to create giving opportunities in support of music education and community programs
    • Cultivates relationships with TBMS families, adult students, potential donors and with other stakeholders including the Board of Trustees
    • Embrace a responsibility for building and deepening a sense of community throughout all levels of the organization
    • Represent TBMS locally and nationally serving as an advocate for arts education

Position requirements and core competencies

    • A Masters degree in Music, Music Education, Arts/Non-profit Administration or comparable degree
    • At least 5 years leadership and or managerial experience in a non-profit arts organization, preferably music-based
    • At least 5 years experience as a music teacher
    • Proven track record of planning and overseeing budgets and growing programs
    • Team builder, strategic and systems thinker, public speaker, listener, communicator
    • Must have sense of humor and warm heart

Compensation and Reporting

The Director of Education reports to the Executive Director, and works full time (40 hours/week). Salary is commensurate with experience. Full health and dental benefits are provided, as well as generous paid vacation time.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter that describes your specific interest in and qualifications for the position. Please send to: Attention: Director of Education 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  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 for information about volunteer opportunities. Thank you for your interest in Turtle Bay Music School.