SOUNDS Academy provides multiple opportunities for the public to impact young musicians. Individuals inspire, mentor, sponsor, teach students, and/or volunteer all over the valley. We appreciate the input and expertise of businesses, organizations, and individuals. If you would like to

  • Volunteer at one of our special events
  • Perform for our students
  • Lead a workshop or a masterclass
  • Teach
  • Intern
  • Join our board
  • Sponsor a student or classroom
  • Meet with our Director

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Volunteers & Interns

SOUNDS Academy Volunteers & Interns help further the development of music education to underserved youth and Title 1 schools. This awesome group is comprised of dreamers and doers who see no bounds when given a task and making it happen. They adapt and understand that it can be possible to do the “impossible”. They help to mold the future of the students, which we serve. They are elite examples of creativity, leadership, perseverance, resilience, and teamwork. They don’t make excuses; they make it happen!

SOUNDS Academy Volunteers & Interns move mountains and have a hand in many aspects of the organization. While we attend a lot of events, we believe that SOUNDS Academy Volunteers & Interns can do more than stand at a booth and smile; time can be better spent to create effective change. With these opportunities comes tremendous responsibility. SOUNDS Academy Volunteers & Interns are deeply appreciated and taken very seriously along with their work.

Benefits:

  • Opportunities to meet with expert musicians and music professionals
  • Access to concerts, concert halls, and festivals
  • Network with professionals in a multitude of fields
  • Possibility of working with current SOUNDS Academy teachers and/or students

Time Commitment:
The time commitment for volunteers are dependent upon the availability of the volunteer.
The time commitment for internships are approximately 8-12 hours a week. This is an unpaid position.

Volunteering

Do you like helping?

Would you like to help spread music opportunities for underserved youth?
Are You Available for 2 – 5 hours to volunteer for an event?
Are You Available for 2 – 4 hours during the week to help with administrative tasks?

Then we are looking for YOU!!!

Volunteer Duties include:

1. Helping at our Events

  • Set up venue and break down for events (performance, fundraising, etc.)
  • Photographer and/or Videographer; Photo Booth
  • Student Attendant (Backstage)
  • Be a Stage Director (guide performers on/off stage, set up mics & stands etc.)
  • Work as ushers at events (seat guests, give directions to restrooms)
  • Present awards, prizes etc. to teachers, students etc.
  • Help with raffles prizes & silent auctions
  • Update social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • Serve refreshments

2. Mentoring Students

  • Help with College Prep (Applications, Answering Questions)
  • Prepare Student Speakers (for events)

3. Helping at our Central Office (Phoenix Center For the Arts)

  • Front Desk Greeter (2-4 hours)
  • Data Entry
  • Compile and Organize Packets
  • Contact Parents
  • Prepare awards for students, teachers, etc.
  • Be a room attendant for our end of year exams

Events Include:

  • September: Sounds of Seamus
  • February: Cover the Crescent
  • March: Sounds Kitchen
  • March: McDowell Mountain Music Festival
  • April: kree-ey-tiv-i-tee
  • May: The Benefit Concert
  • Instrument Petting Zoos, Master Classes, School & Community Concerts

Administrative Internship

Working Hours: 9 – 12 Hours Weekly (In home and/or office)

Responsibilities: The Administrative Intern is responsible for assisting the director in providing professional leadership to organize, administer, and provide support for SOUNDS Academy. The primary responsibilities of this position include:
• Work the director to carry out the SOUNDS Academy mission in order to continuously improve student achievements
• Communicate with empathy and understanding in effectively responding to the individual needs of students and families
• Communicate effectively and constructively with teachers, principals, and other key members of SOUNDS Academy programs
• React to change and interruptions in a productive and positive manner, meeting deadlines as assigned.
• Model the SOUNDS Academy character values while implementing the vision and mission of the organization.
• Work independently and without supervision while completing work in an efficient and timely manner.

Knowledge and Skills Required:
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite (Word/Excel/Powerpoint)
• Utilization of proper telephone etiquette
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong editing skills
• Comprehension of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media tools
• Ability to communicate with others in a pleasant and courteous manner
• An ability to follow directions and meticulous attention to detail
• An ability to multi task, work on multiple projects, and meet deadlines
• An ability to be persistent, innovative, and self-reliant
• Willingness to take initiative, learn, and independently complete projects
• A desire for growth and development
• An ability to be flexible and independently problem solve
• Passion and Joy for what you do in order to improve the lives of others
• Fluency in Spanish helpful but not required

Basic Qualifications:
• Graduate or currently enrolled in a two or four year college degree program
• Proficient computer skills
• Experience in a customer service roll

Fundraising Internship

Working Hours: 9 – 12 Hours Weekly (In home and/or office)

Responsibilities: The Fundraising Intern is responsible for increasing the charity efforts and monetary donations of SOUNDS Academy as well as tracking the progress of the donations. The primary responsibilities of this position include:
• Data entry of all donations
• Organization and Implementation of Charity Events
• Create and distribute gift acknowledgements
• Follow up with donors (via letters, e-mails, phone, etc.)
• Research and apply for potential grants
• Research and recruit new potential donors
• Maintain communication with past donors and supporters
• Develop rapport with current and future donors and supporters
• Assistance in soliciting donations for raffles, silent auctions, etc.

Knowledge and Skills Required:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong editing skills
• Excellent comprehension of Microsoft Word and Excel
• Understanding of fundraising and the best practices for raising donations
• Understand of charity events and the best practices for organizing charity events
• An ability to multi task, work on multiple projects, and meet deadlines
• An ability to be persistent, innovative, and self-reliant
• Willingness to take initiative, learn, and independently complete projects
• A desire for growth and development
• An ability to be flexible and independently problem solve
• Tracking and reporting the fundraising growth of SOUNDS Academy
• Passion and Joy for what you do in order to improve the lives of others

Basic Qualifications:
• Graduate or currently enrolled in a two or four year college degree program
• Proficient computer skills
• Experience in a customer service roll

Musical Access Internship

Working Hours: 7 – 10 Hours Weekly (In home and/or office)

Musical Access is a program designed to show and teach children about the different occupations in the field of music. Students get the opportunity to meet music managers and promoters, members of the stage and sound crews, house managers, local and touring musicians, and other professionals in the field of music. Students get the chance to ask questions about their journey as well as hear inspirational stories from the type of people that they strive to be.

Responsibilities: The Musical Access Intern is responsible for connecting professionals in the field of music to SOUNDS Academy and scheduling Musical Access opportunities for children. Additionally, they will be responsible for taking pictures and videos of the experiences. The primary responsibilities of this position include:
• Research and recruit new potential music professionals
• Maintain communication with past music professionals
• Develop rapport with current and future music professionals
• Utilize social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to inform the public of Musical Access events in order to increase awareness of the program
• Uploading and posting appropriate videos, pictures, status updates, etc.
• Create and maintain a Musical Access calendar to include concerts, Q&A Sessions, video interviews, blogs, artist spotlights, newsletters, etc.
• Tracking and reporting the impact of Musical Access

Knowledge and Skills Required:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong editing skills
• Comprehension of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media tools
• Knowledge of digital media, video recording, and video editing software
• An ability to multi task, work on multiple projects, and meet deadlines
• An ability to be persistent, innovative, and self-reliant
• Willingness to take initiative, learn, and independently complete projects
• A desire for growth and development
• An ability to be flexible and independently problem solve
• Passion and Joy for what you do in order to improve the lives of others

Basic Qualifications:
• Graduate or currently enrolled in a two or four year college degree program
• Proficient computer skills
• Experience in a customer service roll

Social Media/Marketing Internship

Working Hours: 7 – 10 Hours Weekly (In home and/or office)

Responsibilities: The Social Media/Marketing Intern is responsible for increasing the social awareness of SOUNDS and driving Internet traffic of the program. The primary responsibilities of this position include:
• Utilize social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) to inform the public of classes, events, news updates, etc. of SOUNDS Academy in order to increase awareness of the program and Internet traffic
• Utilize social media to develop, strengthen, and maintain partnerships with program participants, supporters, organizations, etc.
• Use blogging, SEO, social networking, backlink building, etc. to raise the web presence and placement of SOUNDS Academy
• Create and maintain a social media calendar to include potential posts, video interviews, blogs, student spotlights, newsletters, etc.
• Uploading and posting appropriate blogs, videos, pictures, status updates, etc.
• Tracking and reporting the growth of SOUNDS Academy on various social media vehicles and the Internet

Knowledge and Skills Required:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Strong editing skills
• Comprehension of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and other social media tools
• Understanding of the Internet and best practices in social media marketing
• Knowledge of digital media, video recording, and video editing software
• An ability to multi task, work on multiple projects, and meet deadlines
• An ability to be persistent, innovative, and self-reliant
• Willingness to take initiative, learn, and independently complete projects
• A desire for growth and development
• An ability to be flexible and independently problem solve
• Passion and Joy for what you do in order to improve the lives of others

Basic Qualifications:
• Graduate or currently enrolled in a two or four year college degree program
• Proficient computer skills
• Experience in a customer service roll

School Research Analyst Team

The School Research Analyst Team will work with the Executive Director. They will collect data on the state of music education in Phoenix School Districts. The data will focus on the number of music education opportunities for the children who attend these schools. The team will focus on the status of general, choral, band, and string programs. All information will be reported to the Executive Director. Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Understand and represent the mission, vision and values of SOUNDS Academy
  • Design a template of questions to engage schools and collect data (Create Surveys)
  • Determine which schools have music programs (and what types)
  • Target school districts to research in Phoenix, Arizona
  • Contact schools to retrieve information on music education (Conduct Surveys)
  • Create reports and info-graphs to communicate the findings
  • Revise and execute additional administrative, logistical and operational tasks as needed

In addition the ideal candidate will possess:

  • Unwavering commitment to achieving positive results
  • Passion for music as a medium for positive social change and desire to work with disadvantaged, urban/rural communities
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to demonstrate leadership skills and management experience a plus
  • Ability to flawlessly design and implement multi-faceted simultaneous plans
  • Ability to execute tasks successfully under pressure
  • Ability to work independently with minimum guidance and supervision
  • Ability to find creative solutions to ongoing logistical challenges
  • Willingness to adapt, be flexible, and have a sense of humor

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or pursuing)
  • Experience in similar or related work
  • Knowledge and understanding of school districts
  • Experience in research, info-graphs, and presentations
  • Strong command of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent organizational skills with attention to details

Teaching Artist

JOB DESCRIPTION & LOCATIONS:
• We are looking for inspirational, patient, professional, and enthusiastic teachers to teach private lessons and group classes for children ages 5 – 18. Classes are taught in Avondale, Mesa, and Phoenix, Arizona.

QUALIFICATIONS & REQUIREMENTS:
• Accomplished as a reliable teacher and an enthusiastic performer on a string instrument
• Bachelor’s Degree and minimum of 2 years experience in related field
• Understanding of the needs of school children in underserved communities
• Exceptionally driven
• Strong communication, collaborative, and organization skills
• Positive and fun personality with a professional demeanor
• Highly dynamic and adaptive
• Positive classroom management and student report
• Strong sense of accountability and professional ownership
• Ability to develop and maintain an ongoing professional relationship with parents, teachers, professional musicians, and students
• Special consideration given to candidates possessing one or more of the following: Background in a variety of musical styles, Compositional Skills, Experience in directing youth ensembles, Experience in Recruitment, Spanish Fluency, Suzuki Certification

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Understand and represent SOUNDS Academy philosophies and teaching techniques
• Teach group classes and/or individual lessons
• Submit detailed lesson plans, as requested
• Mentor SOUNDS Academy students
• Coordinate and cooperate with SOUNDS Academy administration in keeping track of students’ attendance and progress
• Aid in defining and assessing musical learning outcomes
• Attend peer exchange and professional development workshops

COMPENSATION:
Compensation is on a volunteer and paid basis dependent on work-load. Compensation is competitive, flexible, and based upon the experience and expertise of the candidate.

To Apply, please send resumes and 3-5 references to: info@soundsacademy.org. Engagement Forms can be found at: www.soundsacademy.org