Lyra Music Festival and Workshop 2019
Practice Coach and Senior Counselor
Job Opening

About Lyra Music:  Lyra Music Festival and Workshop is a 3-week intensive classical music program for pianists and string players, ages 9-18, in residence at Smith College, Northampton, MA, July 6-27, 2019. Intermediate and advanced level musicians are immersed in a supportive, conservatory-style environment focusing on the study of solo and chamber music repertoire and sharing their performances with the surrounding community. Students have the option to live on or off-campus, though the majority of students choose on-campus housing. Faculty members and staff live on-campus sharing housing facilities and eating meals with students in the on-campus dining hall.

We provide a small, intensive, yet nurturing music camp focused on achieving high standards of development through encouragement rather than competition, and working with the whole individual along with music-making. We maintain an unusually low teacher to student ratio, and love the family-like, supportive atmosphere that results from a small student body. Students participate in private lessons and chamber music coachings on alternate days; as well as group music classes in subjects including theory, history and ear-training; masterclasses with guest artists; and experience multiple performance opportunities. Daily practice is supervised by practice coaches who help students develop practice skills including time management, organization and scheduling, formulating practice goals, selecting effective practice strategies, maintaining focus and concentration. We are enjoying incredible growth, and are excited to continue developing the workshop with integrity and heart. Along with high level musical training, Lyra offers daily recreational activities, evening social activities, and fun regional excursions.

Title: Practice Coach and Senior Counselor
Dates: July 6 - July 27, 2019
Location: Smith College, Northampton, MA

Apply for the position: E-mail resume and cover letter to

Overview: Practice Coach/Senior Counselor will live and work with Lyra Music directors, staff, faculty and approximately 20 classical music students (ages 9-18) on-campus at Smith College in Northampton, MA. Applicant should be a string player or pianist with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) in music performance or music education and possess enthusiasm, high energy, patience, compassion, fairness, strong listening skills and the ability to relate to children as well as a strong desire to contribute to the supportive, engaging, fun spirit of the Lyra experience. The ideal candidate will have some previous teaching or practice supervision experience with young musicians. The Practice Coach/Senior Counselor will serve as a leader and role model and will ensure the overall safety of the students. 

Practice Coach/Senior Counselor Responsibilities:    

  • Daily practice session coaching for Lyra music students

  • Attend and assist at all Lyra Festival/Workshop events (concerts, outreach, masterclasses and excursions)

  • Provide student supervision at all concerts and outings

  • If requested by Lyra, Practice Coach/Senior Counselor will perform in outreach performances

  • Work closely with Lyra Directors to design and develop student social/recreational activities

  • Lead and engage students in daily afternoon and evening group activities

  • Monitor wake-up and bedtime routines and all student meals

  • Oversee student free periods providing guidance and assistance with social engagement

  • Ensure student safety and follow all safety guidelines associated with the program

  • Act as role models for all students

  • Counselors may be asked to provide some additional administrative assistance to directors, faculty and students


  • Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in violin, viola, cello, or piano performance or music education with string instrument concentration

  • Ability to work collaboratively with faculty/staff and to provide support to students to enhance their participation

  • Team player with positive attitude, enthusiasm, sense of humor, integrity and adaptability

  • Enjoy working with children

  • Ability to communicate and work with children across a variety of age and skill levels

  • Ability to lead and engage all students in activities and to manage behavioral issues

  • Self-starter with the ability to accomplish tasks with minimal direct supervision

  • Strong organizational and communication skills

  • Must have the physical ability to lead and participate in recreational activities including, but not limited to: hiking, swimming, physical games, campfire building, etc.  

  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • Must pass background check

  • Must attain First Aid Certification prior to start of Program

  • Must live on campus with Lyra students and staff and be available for the full duration of the program: July 6-27, 2019

Please let us know if you have any of these Additional Qualifications:

  • Education/Teaching background

  • Sports/Athletic background

  • Camp counselor experience

  • Driver’s License



  • On-campus housing for the duration of the program, residing with Lyra Music students, faculty, staff and directors

  • All meals for the duration of the program: beginning the evening of July 6-July 27, 2019

  • Stipend commensurate with experience