Please note that the SJMA will no longer be accepting volunteers for the 2016-2017 school year as we are slowly approaching summer vacation. But hey, that’s certainly no reason not to fill out an application form. Get’em done now and we’ll be in touch; save ourselves paperwork-induced headache in the future!
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Nutrition Program Volunteers
We’ve all been there, learning something (or should I say, trying to learn something), especially something as complex and as delicate as that of a musical instrument, on an empty stomach is a downright miserable if not improbable experience. At SJMA, food always comes before music, snack time before class time; so that our students – having already spent an entire work-day’s length huddled up in a box called school – are well-nourished and delightfully content before they clamor off to their individual classes. That’s great, but that also means cooking up over 400 hundred servings of deliciousness each week. So if you want some place to flex those kitchen muscles, whether cutting, cleaning, or serving up a healthy storm, the Nutrition Program is where you want to be.
What you could be doing:
- Snack preparation: washing, cutting, baking, assembling – from quesadillas to grilled cheese sandwiches, there is always something here to feed your culinary urges.
- Serving: food goes onto plates and then into mouths, and that makes you the kids’ favourite person for those few minutes, that is, until you refuse them thirds.
- Clean-Up: somebody has to do it, and it definitely is more fun as a team.
Music Assistant – Group Classes
Musician? Aspiring musician? Rusty yet still passionate musician? Got some musical razzle-dazzle in your repertoire but more importantly, have a set of sturdy ear drums that can withstand shrill screeching (both instrument-made and children-made)? If you have experience with an instrument, playing in an orchestra, singing in a choir, or some other background in this wonderful language of music, we would love to see you put it to work here. No, you don’t have to be VSO-bound in the near future but you do have to be proactive, nurturing, and exceptionally patient.
What you could be doing:
- Kodaly/Dance classes: these are our youngest students, they might be new to music but they sure do know how to make a lot of noise. Now the challenge is to make those noises sound like something bearable to the ears.
- Choir classes: lots of students equals lots of mouths, which means even more mouths to maintain order.
- Orchestra classes: do you play an orchestral instrument? Then we would love to see you sitting next to our students in our orchestra.
Music Assistant – One-on-One Classes
Are you a confident music teacher? Do you want to be one and are looking for somewhere to build some experience? While group and orchestral classes form the core of the SJMA’s programming, we recognize that students may have specific needs that cannot be met in such a format and are committed to ensuring that these students still have opportunities to find success when they come into this space. Our one-on-one Music Assistants are what makes this a possibility. They work closely with individual students, creating the attention and learning environment that they need to become excellent little musicians.
What you could be doing:
- One-on-One instrument lessons: there are those who are a little behind and those who want to get a little bit ahead, whatever the reason, you will make their time at SJMA that much more meaningful and memorable.
- Theory tutoring: know your stuff on pen and paper? Well, there’s much for you to do then.
Walking School Bus Volunteers
There is no SJMA if there are no students, and that is where the Walking School Bus (WSB) comes in. In the infant stages of the organization, it soon became apparent that transportation, for many families, posed as a barrier for their participation. – single-parent families, large families with many little ones to tend to, families with both parents working full-time, and on and on. Then came the invention of the Walking School Bus as a means to improve the accessibility of the SJMA’s programs. Everyday, a team of volunteers, staff, and parents gather in the courtyard of Strathcona Elementary and carry out an impressive operation of walking 50 or more students from the school, through the Downtown Eastside, and to the SJMA.
General Operations Volunteer
This position is what you want it to be. There is an endless mound of work that needs to be done at the SJMA, one that more often than not appears as though it is growing exponentially. Do you love working with children? Are you able to remain calm and composed as a swarm of children descend upon you? Do you have some other valuable skills that you would like to offer? General Operations Volunteers at SJMA make sure that all things are running smoothly, that students are off to their classes instead of roaming the halls, and those trouble-making ones have a somewhat more productive outlet for all that beautiful energy they have.