Christ UMC Plano: Associate Director of Music for Children & Youth

Date Posted: 5/1/2020


Christ UMC Plano, Plano, TX

Job Description

The Associate Director of Music for Children & Youth will organize, promote and direct a comprehensive music program for young people from Pre-K to 12th grade as an integral part of the overall Music Ministries at Christ United Methodist Church.

With volunteer and staff support, the Associate Director of Music for Children & Youth will serve as primary instructor and leader for all children’s choirs (offered for children from age four through 5th grade) and for all youth choirs (offered for youth in grades 6 through 12).

As a member of Christ United’s music and worship staff, the Associate Director of Music for Children & Youth will work to ensure that musical opportunities are available to young people of all ages at Christ United, offering them musical instruction of the highest caliber that aligns with curricular standards for the state of Texas, and preparing them for multiple opportunities throughout the year to provide musical leadership through meaningful participation in worship.

The Associate Director of Music for Children & Youth is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Music & Worship Ministries.

Responsibilities

  • Serve as primary director for weekly rehearsals of Christ United’s children’s and youth choirs throughout the school year, selecting sacred repertoire appropriate for each ensemble’s level as well as for the musical and spiritual development of its members
  • Expand participation in the children’s and youth music ministry by developing and engaging in recruitment strategies to reach families with children at various points of contact within the life of the church
  • Work with the Director of Music & Worship Ministries to schedule frequent involvement of children’s and youth choirs in Sunday morning worship throughout the school year and at other special services and events
  • Work with the Director of Music & Worship Ministries to design and execute a graded music curriculum ensuring that students receive a high-quality musical education in the context of a diverse, dynamic and supportive faith community 
  • Plan and execute annual summer performance tours for both the middle school and high school youth choirs
  • Plan and execute annual fundraiser to support youth choir touring activities, and an annual children’s Christmas pageant in collaboration with the Director of Children’s Ministries 
  • Communicate regularly with parents regarding the activities of the children’s and youth music ministry in a supportive, encouraging, and informative manner 
  • Participate as a member of the Christ United Sanctuary Choir, leading warm-ups, sectionals and rehearsals as needed and conducting the choir in worship in the absence of the Director of Music & Worship Ministries  
  • Assist the Director of Music & Worship Ministries in developing a new Music Academy at Christ United, serving as a member of its faculty and helping to align its curriculum and activities with the overall standards of the Christ United Music Ministry 
  • Other duties as assigned.  

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in music education or music (preferably with choral conducting emphasis) required. Teacher certification in music preferred
  • Familiarity with the United Methodist Church and Wesleyan choral heritage
  • Significant experience in teaching music to children of all ages and with volunteer choral ensembles as both director and participant
  • Experience in planning, leading and/or participating as a musician in worship
  • Strong aural musicianship skills, with ability to lead rehearsals or sectionals from the keyboard as needed
  • Broad knowledge of sacred worship music from classical to contemporary
  • Ability to select age-appropriate music that enhances worship, incorporates a variety of music genres, and contributes to both curricular and spiritual goals within the children’s and youth music ministry
  • Proven ability and enthusiasm for working with children and youth with varying degrees of musical knowledge and ability
  • Knowledge of vocal pedagogy and sensitivity to the unique features of vocal development of young male and female voices
  • Ability to serve as a positive and healthy vocal model for young voices and a commitment to promoting and teaching musical literacy
  • Strong leadership, communication and organizational skills 

Note: Candidates selected for an interview should be prepared to send additional materials such as letters of recommendation or videos of teaching and rehearsal.

How to Apply

Email a resume and cover letter to Director of Operations Kim Hill at
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 972-596-4303

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