Make sure to stop by our table at the Extracurricular Bazaar On Sunday September 4th in Payne Whitney!
Applications are now OPEN for Fall 2016
Please fill out this form to apply!
Lessons take place weekly, generally at the end of the school day, and usually last about 30 minutes although in special cases they may be longer. Each Yale volunteer is paired with one or two students, who are usually in 4th - 8th grade. All volunteers assigned to a specific school have their lessons scheduled at the same time, and a designated session coordinator will arrange group travel to the locations.
Frequently asked questions
Q: What's the time commitment?
A: We ask that you commit only one hour a week for lessons (including travel time) and we will do our best to assign you to a session/school that works for your schedule. However, it is important to know that because these students are counting on you being there, we have a strict absence policy that allows for no more than one absence per semester.
Q: I can't commit to a full semester of weekly lessons. Can I still volunteer with IC?
A: Yes! We encourage people to sign up as substitute teachers for weeks when regular volunteers are unable to attend one of their weekly lessons. We're also looking for Day Coordinators, whose job it is to be the link between the school music directors and volunteers. Day Coordinators are also responsible for arranging group travel to the schools.
Q: Will the students be using my instrument?
A: No. The students will be using their instruments which will be either provided by the school or through arrangements made by Instrumental Connection. However, teachers should bring their instrument (except for drums or piano) to the lessons.
Q: What if I have no musical teaching experience?
A: Have no fear! Students participating in the program are generally beginners on their instruments, so the more important qualities are actually patience and enthusiasm rather than experience!
Q: Can I teach voice lessons?
A: At this time, IC is not involved with voice lessons. However, if we find that there is enough interest in voice lessons, we will look into partnering with schools that are seeking voice teachers.