Starting in the 2023/24 school year, the music department seeks a
passionate and energetic part-time guitar teacher to meet our
students’ needs in general guitar instruction as well as to
expertly teach jazz and one or more of these targeted styles- rock,
pop, blues and R&B. A background playing and instructing both
acoustic and electric guitar is desirable, as is recording studio
experience. We seek colleagues interested in being part of a
collaborative faculty of more than 40 instructors who work with
highly motivated high school students in a diverse, mostly
residential community. The chosen candidate is invited to be part
of the Faculty Jazz Ensemble which performs at least twice per
This is a part-time, nine-month position with some evening and
weekend work as needed. Hours vary according to the size of studio
roster and the needs of the students and the Academy.
- Teach weekly private lessons (50 minutes each) for high school
guitar students from beginner to advanced levels.
- Create a weekly schedule for private lessons and communicate
with students regarding schedule changes. Maintain accurate
rosters, monitor student attendance, enter grades and comments in a
timely manner according to the Academic Advising Calendar.
- Understand the Academy’s calendar and daily schedule and
effectively use Academy systems for communication and course
- Work with students to set goals for private lessons, select
appropriate repertoire, help students procure music. Instruct
students in technique, musicianship, and practice strategies.
Assess and support musical development. Provide appropriate
- Communicate student issues or concerns with Department Chair
and/or student’s advisor when necessary.
- Prepare students for recitals, masterclasses, competitions,
college admission recordings, ensemble music and other needs.
- Engage with diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racist work
specific to the music department.
- Collaborate with colleagues on faculty performances as
- Participate in department meetings and other forms of shared
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Faculty are expected to demonstrate respect for diversity of
identities and experiences, an orientation toward equity and
inclusion, and cultural competency in all aspects of Academy
B.A. or B.M. or equivalent experience is required. A Master’s
degree in music is preferred.
3+ years of successful private studio teaching experience.
3+ years of professional performing experience.
Skills and Knowledge
- Excellent studio teaching ability. Ability to teach technique,
repertoire, and musicianship to guitar students from beginner to
very advanced levels.
- Ability to create a positive and productive learning
environment for high school age students.
- Capacity to teach a variety of styles and genres from a
diversity of backgrounds, especially artists from historically
- Enthusiasm for working with adolescents.
- Commitment to working in and serving the needs of a diverse and
- Diversity or cultural competency education (conferences,
seminars, in-service programs, coursework, independent study).
- Willingness to enforce all school policies and rules governing
- Successful completion of a criminal background check and DMV
check if applicable
- COVID Vaccine Policy: Phillips Exeter Academy requires all
community members without a medical or religious exemption to be
fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and remain up to date with
COVID-19 vaccine boosters