Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer applications for the 2017-2018 school year are now open! If you’re interested in getting involved, we invite you to fill out an online application so we can be in touch with opportunities that meet your availability.

Fill out an online application form!

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Nutrition Program Volunteers

Monday-Thursday 1:30-3:00 or 2:30-4:00

We all know that little of value ever happens on an empty stomach. At SJMA, food always comes before music, snack time before class time. Our students—having already completed a work-day’s length of learning—have a chance to refuel before they clamor off to their individual classes. That means someone has to cook up meals for over 400 servings of deliciousness each week. If you’re passionate about nutritious food, teamwork, and/or kitchen cleanup, the Nutrition Program just might be the place for you.

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

Monday and Wednesday 3:30-6:30
Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-6:00

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

Monday and Wednesday 3:30-6:30
Tuesday and Thursday 3:30-6:00

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 SJMA programming, some of our students have specific needs that cannot be met in such a format. We are committed to providing these students with opportunities to find success when they come into our space. Our one-on-one Music Assistants make this possible. They work closely with individual students, providing the attention and learning environment they need to become excellent little musicians.

What you could be doing:

  • Piano lessons: A handful of our students are a better fit for one-on-one lessons with fewer classmates. Come join our small piano program for a chance to work closely with these little gems.
  • 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

Monday-Thursday 2:45-3:30

In the infant stages of the organization, it soon became apparent that transportation was one of the primary barriers for families’ participation. That’s when the Walking School Bus (WSB) was invented. Every day, a team of parents, staff, and volunteers gather in the courtyard of Strathcona Elementary and carry out the impressive operation of walking 50 or more students from the school, through the Downtown Eastside, and to the SJMA.

General Operations Volunteer

Monday-Thursday 2:30-6:30

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 mischief-making ones have a somewhat more productive outlet for all that beautiful energy they have.