Work at Villa Musica

Founded as a non-profit corporation in November 2005, Villa Musica is a vibrant gathering place where people can come together to take music lessons, play in an ensemble, or participate in a workshop. Villa Musica Teaching Artists provide instrumental, vocal and/or theoretical training for children and adults of all ages. They may work at a variety of levels teaching different musical skills in either individual or group settings.

Villa Musica inspires people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the joy and lifelong value of music through education, performance and community engagement. Founded as a non-profit corporation in November 2005, Villa Musica is a vibrant community music center where people can come together to take music lessons, play in an ensemble, or participate in a workshop.

Program Coordinator – ENCORE (Part-time)

At Villa Musica we are proud to provide quality music instruction to all San Diegans regardless of age, musical background or ability to pay. Our ENCORE! program is directed specifically toward serving senior adults in our community. Established in 2013, this program strives to offer music education opportunities that inspire senior adults to revisit their former musical interest or ignite a new one.

The hiring of a Program Coordinator will support the expansion of the ENCORE! initiative which seeks to improve the quality of life for senior San Diegans through music exploration and appreciation in a nurturing and supportive environment. ENCORE! currently includes “Lunchtime Lecture Recitals” at senior residences and centers, “Symphonic Discoveries”, a partnership with the San Diego Symphony that brings seniors to open rehearsals and performances and “Musical Biographies”, a partnership with the UCSD Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, which engages people with Alzheimer’s disease, their caregivers and families in a multi-sensorial experience centered around music and memory. Considering the success of these programs and data showing that the population of seniors in San Diego County is expected to double by 2030, Villa Musica seeks to increase the scope and reach of these programs with a goal for reaching twice as many more seniors in San Diego, especially those living in low-income neighborhoods.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop, organize, schedule and facilitate ENCORE programs for Villa Musica – San Diego’s Community Music Center
  • Work with Executive Director, the leadership team, and Director of Community Partnerships, to develop innovative programming to support creative and healthy aging
  • Advertise and promote classes, events, celebrations, presentations, programs
  • Coordinate the staffing and presentation of classes, programs, and services.
  • Monitor the progress and success of all classes, workshops, and events
  • Schedule and facilitate special events / culminating events, such as musical performances, birthday celebrations, art shows, and other presentations
  • Partner with local organizations to produce classes, events, and programs
  • Plan for and purchase supplies for events
  • Based on interests and skill-set, PM’s may also teach/facilitate classes from time to time
  • Must have clean driving record and be willing to drive 14 passenger transit van

Build Relationships

  • Meet regularly with residents to take a pulse on the community’s needs and brainstorm ideas for programs and events; conduct surveys, and develop focus groups
  • Model supportive listening and communication techniques to support community building
  • Meet monthly (or more often as needed) with recreation directors to create a holistic approach to helping participants improve health and wellbeing.

 Maintain regular communication with Senior Living Community/Recreation Director staff

  • Meet with Senior Living Community/Recreation Director staff to discuss participant issues, and collaborate on community building programming ideas
  • Ensure that all ENCORE programming complies with building rules and policies

General Administrative Duties:

  • Write monthly reports including information from teachers, staff, and attendance sheets
  • Monitor program budgets and expenses; appropriately submit credit card expenditures
  • Attend weekly admin team meetings as needed

This is a part-time position (10 hours a week)
Hourly rate range of $18-$21 per hour commensurate with experience.

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume to Villa Musica’s Executive Director, Dr. Fiona Chatwin at

Villa Musica values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. Villa Musica is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

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