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Please note: We offer a sliding scale stipend for our teaching artists upon request, but encourage those who are able to volunteer to do so. Also, if you sign up as a Lead Instructor, you will be responsible for to submitting a lesson plan by June 15, 2017. 

Instrument Instructor

Lead Instructor • Assistant Instructor • Volunteer
M-F, 9:45-11:15

NYC Rock Camp rockers are ages 10-17, and possess a range of skill levels. Some have never touched a musical instrument in their lives, while others are already experts. Classes range from 6-15 students. You may do some collaborative large-group teaching with your co-instuctors, and bigger classes will have an opportunity to split up based on skill level to work in smaller groups. You will meet or email with your fellow instrument instructors at least once before orientation to create a curriculum and get to know each other.
See the "Instruments and Workshops" page for a brief description of each instrument class. 

Required for Lead/Asst: Musical Experience, Teaching Experience

Workshop Instructor

Lead Instructor • Assistant Instructor • Volunteer
M-F, 1:15-2:25

Each of our workshops values developing life skills and self-esteem, as well as encouraging creativity, self-expression, and awareness. This is a great position for multi-talented instrument instructors who would like to stay at camp through the afternoon. Workshops are generally larger than instrument classes, with 10-18 students, and are therefore staffed with a Lead Instructor, an Assistant Instructor, and at least two other volunteers. See the "Instruments and Workshops" page for a brief description of each class.

Required for Lead/Asst: Teaching Experience


M-F, 3:00-4:20

Band Coaches are assigned in teams of two or three to a camper band, with whom they work closely throughout the week. Coaches help their band set up the practice space, guide them through the songwriting process, and facilitate collaboration. Most volunteers have found it to be the most rewarding experience of camp!

Band practice is structured into half "plugged-in" practice, when campers can turn up the volume in a practice space, and half "acoustic" practice, where campers focus on songwriting structure, lyrics, band name, performance strategies, et. Band Coaches travel with the campers to both sections of practice. 

Required Skills: While musical experience is not necessary to band coach, it is certainly useful! Every band needs at least one coach who is familiar with practice gear, and at least one coach who is familiar with the basics of drums, guitar, and piano. But the most important qualities of a band coach are enthusiasm and energy, as well as experience with young people, collaboration, and problem-solving. 

Gear Master,  Sound Engineer

Gear Master: August 1-5 M-F Full Time. Load-in on Friday July 29; Load-out on Monday August 8. 
Sound Engineer: M-F 11:45-1:15

NYC Rock Camp borrows all its gear from the community, so the Gear Master works closely with the Director to coordinate distribution and daily inventorying of all equipment on-site. The Gear Master runs load-in on the Friday before camp, and load-out on Monday morning the week after camp. During the day at camp, the Gear Master is responsible for making sure each class has the necessary equipment, and would ideally run sound for the bands who perform each afternoon.


Load-in • Load-out 

NO MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Roadies assist the Gear Master in setting up the classrooms on the Friday before camp, and/or breaking them down on Monday after camp. Knowledge of equipment (how to set up a PA, put together a drum kit, etc) and/or the capacity for heavy lifting are helpful but not necessary skills. 

Morning Assembly, MUSIC "THEIR-Story"

M-F 9:00-9:40

NO MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NEEDED. Every morning, we start the day by doing rock n' roll warmups to get the campers excited for the day! Leading these exercises is a great way to be a leader and demonstrate positive role modeling. For the second half of morning assembly, we focus on a different moment in rock n' roll history, discussing the ways various artists have overcome the marginalizing forces of the music industry. Volunteer to tell camp about one of your favorite artists one day!

General Counselor

NO MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NEEDED. The position registers students, distributes camp materials, enforces camp guidelines and policies, manages student attendance, supervises students, and generally helps where needed.

Social Media MANAGER

NO MUSICAL EXPERIENCE NEEDED. This position is responsible for updating the various social media during the day at camp. 


Take beautiful photos all day at camp! 


The videographer will film during the days at camp, as well the entire showcase on Sunday August 7th. 

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