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Music and Theater Instructor

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Lights, Camera, Action!

Performing Arts Instructor Description

In our Music & Theater Program, we facilitate the creativity of both campers and staff by playing instruments, writing and performing skits, and practicing improv. Instruments can include the guitar, mandolin, fiddle, piano, dulcimer, drums, and even just our voices. As a camp counselor you’ll help campers find their voices, their musical talents, and bring their characters to life!

Campers have the opportunity to participate in short plays, skits in Morning Assembly, Church, and Campfire, as well as the talent show. In our multi-week sessions, you and the campers can work together to present a longer drama performance on the McGrady Gym stage to the whole camp community. Depending on your music or theater background, you’ll sing, play songs, practice projecting voices, memorizing lines, and improvising. Thanks to your instruction, campers often recognize musical interests and talents on stage that they may not have previously been aware of.

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My son was a Main Camper this year and spent his month learning a new instrument…the piano! He came home from camp so excited about what he’d learned and even asked for a piano for his 13th birthday…a piano and not a video game! We were shocked and absolutely delighted that he found this new passion at camp. I am so grateful to your counselors that made this passion come alive for Cameron. Thank you for providing music as an activity option and making it so fun!

-Sarah N. / Parent from Raleigh, NC

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What’s a Typical Day Like For This Position?

Male camp counselors live in a cabin with one other counselor and eight campers. In addition to their activity instruction, male counselors will have an assortment of responsibilities related to the management of their cabin. Female camp counselors also serve as activity staff, but don’t live in cabins with the campers, and are responsible instead for organizational tasks during the times that male staff are busy with their cabins.

Each day at camp begins with waking up and gathering as a community at Morning Watch. Next we enjoy a hearty breakfast and an exciting Morning Assembly on the porch. Then it’s off to the first three activities of the day, followed by a period of Free Choice before lunch. On a typical day, each counselor will be assigned a specific area to supervise during one Free Choice period, and have the other Free Choice period to themselves as their “Self-Care Time”. Rest Hour happens after lunch, before the three activity periods in the afternoon. Then there is the second Free Choice period, dinner, and a fun Evening Program! A typical day ends with Milk and Cookies, followed by Evening Embers, a discussion time with your cabin mates to talk about the day’s adventures. Everyone is tired and happy by the time it’s Lights Out. On weekends, we take a break from our regular activity instruction, sleep in an extra hour, and play games as a whole camp community.

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At Falling Creek, campers are free to choose the 6 activities they want on their daily schedule. Even though you might have 8 boys in your cabin who are the same age, you’ll be instructing a variety of ages and skill levels throughout the day in your 50 minute long activity periods. On a typical day, you might teach a camper chords on the guitar, jam out with drums and piano, come up with a funny skit to do together at Campfire, create characters and practice improvising scenes, or work on memorizing lines for a talent show play. You and your fellow theater and music instructors will have lesson plans (that you can help build!) that will be tailored for the different levels and abilities in our camper progression system.

Need internship credit?

Many of our counselors who need internship credit to graduate don’t realize that they can earn that credit while working at camp! We can coordinate with your department to tailor a unique learning experience, and have set up internship credit across a wide variety of disciplines. Read more about the value of an internship at camp or how to translate your camp experience to your resume.

Working at camp isn’t just fun and rewarding, it’s also a great way to jumpstart your professional development. The skills critical for success in today’s world are developed and practiced at camp, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and contribution. You’ll make connections with people from a variety of cultural backgrounds, across the country and around the world. Being a Falling Creek alumni also connects you to a network of former staff and parents who are business owners, entrepreneurs, outdoor industry professionals, and employers. We are frequently asked to refer our most talented staff members.

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Why Should You Be a Theater and Music Instructor

Imagine the feeling of bringing a group of campers together in an entertaining musical performance, hearing the audience laughing at the original script you helped write, or helping a young camper overcome his stage fright. Music is known to improve both cognitive and muscle memory, and knowing how to play an instrument is a great skill in social settings. Theater has a youthful energy and gives a sense of empowerment to its participants, who gain self-confidence and communication skills when performing in front of a crowd. Youth theater has been shown to be vital to the personal, social, and aesthetic development of young people. Theater art is a universal expression of human kind and helps young people to find their place and voice in society.

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As a theater and music instructor, you’ll be a role model for the boys both on and off stage, and will gain valuable experience in both teaching and performing. Theater and music instructors play an important role for children learning creative expression, teamwork, quick-thinking, confidence, and inventiveness. If you’re majoring in music, theater, art, or education, being a summer camp music and theater instructor will give you helpful skills for your future career path. Even if your college major is unrelated to theater or music, you’ll still be gaining leadership skills and networking connections that will give you a competitive edge in the job market, no matter where you’re headed next.

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We don’t start you at the bottom and give you busywork; you are directly involved in running camp and helping campers succeed. If you are a male counselor, you’ll be responsible for the eight campers in your cabin, as well as the campers you instruct in your activity(s). Instructing a group of campers will challenge you, but you’ll learn how to be a more engaging and encouraging teacher, better logistics manager, and help boys learn new skills that can easily lead to new passions. At the end of the summer your teaching and leadership skills will become more defined and polished.

What’s My Time-Off Like?

Each week you’ll receive a scheduled time-off period of 34 consecutive hours. In 2023 the time-off period began in the morning around breakfast on the first day, allowed you to be off throughout the reminder of that day and night, and required you to return the following day in late afternoon, around dinner. Staff are also able to take an hour of “self-care time” each day at camp, where you are free to read, workout, nap, or do anything you need to “recharge your batteries” daily. Everyone gets the same amount of time off; the schedule is based on your position and role at camp. Being well-rested and refreshed is a must! (During session changeover weeks, this schedule is altered slightly.)

What Benefits Do I Get?

We offer a competitive and progressive pay schedule that is determined based on your experience, age, education, certifications, and other factors. See the 2024 Estimated Pay Sheet here. Staff working the full summer (Orientation plus 4 sessions) will have a base pay of $4300, not including additional pay, experience, and bonuses.

In addition to housing, food, and pay, each day at camp brings adventure, physical recreation, and endless opportunities for personal and professional growth. You are welcome to use the camp facilities and participate in activities during your free time, so long as it does not take away from a class or camper.

Visit our “What You Get” page to read more about the value of an internship at camp, how to translate your camp experience to your resume, resources, networking, and certifications offered.

When Do I Need To Be Available?

While individual dates may differ based on your personal contract, our summer season is from mid May to mid August, and our preference is to hire for the full season. For the 2024 season, All-Staff Orientation begins on May 30th. Closing day is August 16th after the final session. Depending on your role at camp, you may need to arrive earlier in May for additional training (Lifeguard Training, the WFR Certification Course, Compass Horse Training, Adventure Staff Training, etc.) The WFR training for adventure staff will begin on May 18. You also have the option to extend your contract by joining us for Father/Son Weekends and/or Family Camp.

What Essential Skills Are Needed?

Completed At Least One Year of College and/or At Least 19 Years Old.

Our mission is existing to shepherd the journey of personal growth through love and adventure. Staff must be dedicated to live by the Falling Creek Code.

Patient. Flexible. Team Player. Genuinely Enthusiastic. Friendly. Eager to Grow. Open to Offer and Receive Feedback. Able to Think on Your Feet. Good Decision Maker. Hard Working. Get-It-Done Attitude.

See more on our staff FAQs page.