Seeking Awesome Full-Time Suzuki Violin Teacher

Position Name: Full-Time Suzuki Violin Teacher

Location: Western Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, SAR, China

Description: The Hong Kong Suzuki Music Institute (HKSMI) opened its doors in 2015 in an up-and-coming area of Hong Kong Island. We currently have two full-time teachers and two part-time teachers in violin, viola, piano and early childhood. We are seeking another full-time violin teacher to accommodate our growing and dynamic international community. Our faculty consists both of international and local teachers (Canada, Malaysia, China, Hong Kong). We currently have over 50 violin students ranging from pre-twinkles to beyond Book 10, and a brand new piano program. We have over 70 families in total.

HKSMI runs a 3-STEP Family Music Program including early childhood (0-36m), pre-twinkle group (3-year olds), and regular Suzuki lessons starting at 4 years old. We collaborate with the other Suzuki school and studios in the city and hold a joint concert at least once a year. To read about our program please see our website at www.hksuzukimusic.com and our FB page HK Suzuki Music Institute.

Language of instruction is English.

Hong Kong is an exciting and easy place to live with a mix of eastern and western cultures, where English is a widely spoken official language. As a major travel hub, you can travel easily throughout Asia and to Europe or North America. Known as Asia’s World City, Hong Kong has world-class orchestras and performance spaces. Many of the great performing artists come to Hong Kong on tour. There are several part-time professional orchestras in the city and various opportunities for performance of various styles. Hong Kong is a city of contrasts from densely populated urban markets in the tallest high-rise city on earth, to rural farming villages with feral cattle wandering about. In one day you can hike mountains, eat to your hearts delight, and attend a premiere concert in the evening. If you like hiking, Hong Kong is your city. Check out Drone and Phone (no affiliation with HKSMI, just great hiking videos). More information at Hong Kong Tourism

HKSMI itself is located in the western district of Hong Kong Island, the subway (MTR), street cars, and bus routes are just outside our door. We overlook Victoria Harbour. We are in a small neighbourhood called Shek Tong Tsui near Hong Kong University (HKU). Shek Tong Tsui is nestled between the historic and colourful streets of Sai Ying Pun/Sheung and the affluent area of Kennedy Town with its plethora of coffee shops, western style restaurants and young families.

Duties: Basic teaching duties will consist of a maximum of twenty-seven contact teaching hours per week, as well as special events during the regular school year. This teaching may include, but is not limited to: master classes, private lessons, group classes, parent seminars, ensembles, musicianship classes, parent groups/lectures, and assisting with early childhood and/or other classes. If the Teacher is qualified in other areas, they may be asked to teach classes in their specialization. There will be thirty-six teaching weeks spread over 39 or 40 weeks between the middle of August and the end of June each year, plus make-up lesson time in cases of Teacher absence due to illness or travel. The thirty-six weeks will include one week of Parent-Teacher conferences. The summer term will consist of three weeks of teaching in July and/or early August. There are regular concerts and events. Extra optional teaching during holidays is paid on an hourly rate. Hong Kong observes both Chinese and Western holidays so there are breaks four times during the school year. We currently expect to start a new teacher with between 15 and 25 students.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Music degree in Violin; All books up to and including book 4 registered with SAA or other international Suzuki Association, 3 years Suzuki teaching experience. English fluency in speaking, reading and writing as the language of instruction is English. Special consideration for those with a second instrument. We are seeking an enthusiastic and flexible teacher who loves working closely with parents and young children.

Salary: Full Salary Commensurate with experience; medical benefits; work visa; professional development stipend for 2-year contracts. Contract starts August 15th, 2018.

Contact: Kindly contact evelynosborne@hksuzukimusic.com for more information and/or send your CV, links for your teaching videos (preferably Pre-Twinkle/Book 1 and a group class), contact information for three references and a cover letter detailing your teaching philosophy.