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Teachers sought for Vail Valley music program

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VAIL, Colorado – Able to play music on something other than the radio? Then the Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Foundation may well have a way for that musical prowess to benefit the community’s children.

The VVF’s Youth Foundation is seeking to hire individuals to teach music to elementary orchestra students in the nonprofit organization’s First Notes music program at Avon Elementary School. Basic musical knowledge is required and First Notes rehearsals run from 3-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Qualified teachers will receive $26 per hour.

Based on the internationally renowned El Sistema model created in Argentina, First Notes is an after-school music-based program that introduces elementary school students to the world of instrumental music and live performance by putting instruments into their hands.

“First Notes is an incredibly rewarding program,” said Susie Davis, vice president of education for the Vail Valley Foundation. “Research indicates that early access to music instruction enhances memory, math ability, reading skills, vocabulary and spatial temporal skills, while also greatly improving academic performance.”

The program, introduced in the fall of 2009, currently serves 100 students at Avon Elementary, with a goal of reaching all first- through fifth-graders over the course of the next three years. In addition to the instrumental component, the Half Notes choir was added to the program in 2010.

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Those interested in applying for positions as First Notes teachers should contact Lauren DesCombes at the VVF Youth Foundation online at ldescombes@vvf.org or by phone at 970-748-5984.

First Notes and Half Notes are projects of the Vail Valley Foundation’s Youth Foundation’s full slate of valley-wide education initiatives. For information on all of the VVF’s Youth Foundation education programs and projects, visit http://www.vvf.org.

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