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Piano Instructor

Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 29, 2024
Position Requirements

Starting in the 2024/25 school year, the music department seeks a passionate and energetic part-time piano teacher to meet our students’ needs in classical piano instruction. The ideal candidate will have a substantial background teaching piano from a varied repertoire to both beginner and intermediate students. We will value candidates who can effectively build solo artistry as well as the musical skills required to successfully work with ensembles. 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.


  • Work with students to set goals for private lessons and select repertoire that is broadly representational and musically diverse.
  • Teach weekly private lessons (45 minutes each) for high school piano students from beginner to intermediate 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 and deadlines set by the music department.
  • Understand the Academy’s calendar and daily schedule and effectively use Academy systems for communication and course management.
  • Instruct students in technique, musicianship, and practice strategies.
  • Assess and support musical development by encouraging participation in appropriate performance opportunities.
  • 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 interested/available.
  • Participate in required department meetings and other forms of shared governance.
  • Willingness to enforce all school policies and rules governing student behavior.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Cultural Competency
  • 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 life.
Additional Requirements

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 piano students from beginner to intermediate levels.
  • Ability to create a positive and productive learning environment for high school age students.
  • Demonstrated experience teaching from a musically diverse body of work, including artists from historically marginalized identities.
  • Enthusiasm for working with adolescents.
  • Experience or interest in diversity and cultural competency education (conferences, seminars, in-service programs, coursework, independent study).
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to serving the needs of a diverse community.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check.

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