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Music Lesson Instructor - Violin

College of the Holy Cross
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Jul 1, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Part Time
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Music Lesson Instructor - Violin

About College of the Holy Cross:

Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,100 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at The College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members, students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Job Description:

Job Summary

The College of the Holy Cross seeks a violinist to join the Music Department's roster of instrumental and vocal instructors. Lesson instructors are at-will employees and are compensated $650/semester per student for 10 one-hour lessons and $325/semester per student for 10 one-half-hour lessons.

The successful applicant will be required to complete Holy Cross's Boundary Training for lesson instructors.

The position reports to the Chair of the music department.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Teach individual violin lessons, as needed, to music majors and non-majors.

    Based on the successful candidate's qualification, possible additional ad hoc duties, for which the lesson instructor would receive additional compensation, might include participating in auditions, juries, and coachings.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's Degree in Music Performance
  • Experience teaching violin lessons to college-age students
  • Experience in professional performance activities
  • Willingness to teach all levels of students from beginning to advanced
  • Willingness to work with ensemble directors in order to help support student participation in ensembles.
  • Evidence of being capable of creating an inspiring and productive teaching environment
  • Willingness and ability to accommodate students' needs of individual learning styles
  • Ability to teach students who enroll in Music 331/332 or 431/432 for a full credit and a letter grade, in coordination with the Chair of the Department
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion in repertory, for example, music composed by women, historically and geographically underrepresented identity groups, and unfamiliar musics (old and new)

Preferred Qualifications
  • Evidence of an active performance schedule
  • Interest and/or experience in teaching violin in a liberal arts context

Core Competencies
  • Superb musicianship
  • Understands, values, and respects diversity as an individual, in a team, and within groups while fostering an inclusive and supportive environment
  • Good communications skills
  • Dependability

To mitigate the spread and effects of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, College of the Holy Cross requires that all successful applicants show proof of full, up-to-date vaccination (including a booster dose once eligible) by an FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine before beginning employment, unless an accommodation exempting the applicant from this policy has been granted. Applicants who wish to request an accommodation based on a disability or sincerely-held religious belief should inform Human Resources after an offer of employment is extended; please do not include any medical, genetic, or religious information in your application materials.

Additional Information:

This is a part-time opportunity. Lesson instructors are at-will employees and are compensated $650/semester per student for 10 one-hour lessons and $325/semester per student for 10 one-half-hour lessons.

College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,100 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 200,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities which you can read more about here.

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

Application Instructions:

Electronic applications only. Please submit the following application materials (PDF or MSWord) to Holy Cross Employment Opportunities: CV or resume, teaching philosophy statement, links to websites and/or online resources with representative examples of your performances and/or teaching. All materials must be uploaded to The Interview Exchange platform. No materials may be submitted by email.

Please direct any questions to Chris Arrell, Department of Music, College of the Holy Cross,

Interviews will be conducted remotely. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts ( and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium ( jeid-ca5b36e5ffae714ebdb91180c3753556
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