It’s not necessary to be a musician to volunteer with us, but skilled musicians are always desired as volunteers in each area of our program.  A willingness to help with whatever is needed goes a long way at SJMA!  It’s simply what we do, and we do it with love.  Whether you are a musician or not, volunteering with us is a great way for us to get to know one another – and our volunteer program is one of the ways by which we have come to know some of our most beloved teachers and staff.

From the nutrition team to the walking school bus, our volunteers fill this school with a generous spirit, and we simply couldn’t do it without you! If you are inspired by music and children, and have passion to spare, we would love to have you as part of the team.

Scroll down to learn about specific ways in which your contribution is needed.

Administrative Assistance

Volunteer Duties

  • Assist with administrative support for events and fundraising 
  • Assist with mail-outs and promotional call-outs for the organization
  • Assist with organizing and operations for the big concerts which highlight the Academy’s achievements
  • Familiarity with CRM programs would be an asset, as well as *event photography* and experience in development

General Operations Assistance

Volunteer Duties

  • (NEW) Assist with COVID-related sanitization procedures before, during and after program
  • Work alongside staff to ensure the smooth operations of the program
  • Assist with setup and tear down before and after the program
  • Help students get to and from their classes
  • Assist with instrument needs if students have forgotten their instruments
    Provide coverage and spell off staff at the reception desk

Music Class Assistance

Volunteer Duties

  • Work alongside classroom music teachers, assisting them with choir, orchestra, theory, or group instrument classes, based on your musical abilities
  • Assist with setup and tear down before and after each class
  • Volunteer opportunities for individual music instruction are limited, but interested and qualified candidates with experience assisting in our group music classes may be invited / asked to teach individual lessons on a focus instrument as opportunities arise

Nutrition Program Assistance

Volunteer Duties

  • Under the supervision of our Nutrition Coordinator, work with other volunteers to help prepare and serve the hundreds of creative, delicious and healthy meals that SJMA provides to our students each week
  • Help and maintain and sanitize the SJMA kitchen facility after our daily nutrition program
  • Process incoming food donations to be preserved and stored for use in upcoming meals

Walking School Bus Assistance

Volunteer Duties

  • Meet SJMA staff at a designated area at a local elementary school
  • Help co-lead (with another SJMA-designated adult) a small group of children on a 4 block walk, safely navigating the neighbourhood streets from their school to SJMA


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