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Substitute DISC Accompanist
San Francisco Ballet

San Francisco, CA

POSITION:                          Substitute DISC Accompanist
DEPARTMENT:                     Education and Training
REPORTS TO:                      Manager of Youth Programs and Teacher Support
CLASSIFICATION:                Part-time, non-exempt, non-benefited
COMPENSATION:                 Commensurate with Experience
APPLICATION DEADLINE:      Open until filled              

Under supervision of the Manager of Youth Programs and Teacher Support, this position provides musical accompaniment that enhances and supports the dance curriculum for the Dance in Schools and Communities (DISC) youth education programs. DISC accompanists are committed to working with DISC teaching artists to deliver engaging age appropriate musical accompaniment for the DISC Residency Program and other classes and workshops.

SF Ballet is currently seeking Substitute DISC Accompanists for the 2015-16 school year. Applications are currently being received on a rolling basis and ideal candidates will be contacted based on openings and availability. We are looking for percussionists with experience as a dance accompanist with diverse age groups and educations settings. Submit resume and cover letter.


  • Provides musical accompaniment that enhances and supports the Dance in Schools and Communities (DISC) curriculum and class content. Under supervision of the Manager of Youth Programs and Teacher Support, and in collaboration with the DISC teaching artist(s), provides appropriate accompaniment using diverse instruments to enhance the dance education residency program customized to the needs of the participants, partner site, and curricular content.
  • Percussionists are responsible for their own instruments, including set up, take down, and storage of all instruments. 
  • Participates in ongoing DISC professional development activities, orientations, workshops, and meetings. 
  • Performs required administrative duties such as submitting weekly time sheets, lesson plans, school site residency reports, and evaluations. Regular communication with SFB staff regarding all aspects of the DISC Program and timely response to communications from supervisors.
  • Attends and interacts with school groups at Student Matinees. Presentation of a professional demeanor that appropriately represents DISC and SF Ballet. Forms positive relationships with youth participants, classroom teachers, teaching artists, and accompanists.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.


Education and Experience

  • High School Diploma.
  • Experienced musician/teaching artist in percussion and world music.
  • At least three years of experience working in collaborative educational environments with diverse student populations and age groups as a teaching artist or musician.
  • Professional level skills and previous experience accompanying dance classes for youth in diverse educational settings. 
  • Knowledge of elementary music fundamentals.
  • Ability to play a wide range of styles with an ability to improvise and provide musical accompaniment as requested by the teaching artist.
  • Willingness to learn the required DISC curriculum and lesson plans.
  • Knowledge of musical forms from a variety of cultures; skilled in the musical styles and instruments that supports DISC classes.
  • Knowledge of dance terminology, VAPA state standards and national standards is preferred.
Professional Competencies
  • Demonstrates ability to work successfully in a team environment by establishing and maintaining effective relationships with colleagues.
  • Develops and utilizes specialized musical knowledge to offer excellent musical accompaniment.
  • Applies reflective practices that develop greater self-awareness regarding the impact of one’s teaching, providing opportunities for professional growth and development.
  • Actively participates in professional development by participation in educational activities, seminars, staff meetings and discussions.
  • Applies creativity and innovation to work processes.
  • Effectively communicates with teaching artists and K-12 students. Ability to share age appropriate musical concepts from a culturally diverse and historical perspective.
  • Ability to support a safe classroom environment that allows students to explore movement and learn dances. Demonstrate potential of classroom management skills.
  • Effectively communicates on a regular basis with the supervisor and provides key information regarding school site issues to ensure a successful residency.
  • Organizes and prioritizes tasks to meet required deadlines and promote a successful residency.

Physical Demands

  • Plays musical instruments for extended periods and transports musical instruments to and from program sites.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs.

Other Requirements

  • Must be available to work during school hours.
  • Must have reliable transportation to travel to assigned schools in SF.
  • CPR and First Aid certification (paid for by SFB).
  • Satisfactory FBI and California DOJ background check is required of all final candidates in accordance with the Fair Chance Ordinance.


Deadline: 12-15-2015

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