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Contemporary Voice Instructor

Phillips Exeter Academy
Exeter, New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 23, 2024
Position Requirements

Starting in the 2024/25 school year, the music department seeks a passionate and energetic part-time teacher of Contemporary Voice. The ideal candidate will have a substantial background instructing vocal students in a variety of contemporary, often amplified genres of music (e.g., rock, pop, R&B, jazz and improv, etc.). Experience working with students in both live and recording studio environments is desirable. We will value candidates who can effectively build solo artistry as well as the musical and ensemble skills required to successfully work with bands, combos, and other collaborators. We seek colleagues interested in being part of a team of more than 40 music instructors who work with highly motivated high school students in a diverse, mostly residential community.


  • Teach weekly private lessons (45 minutes each) to high school singers 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 according to the academy deadlines.
  • Understand the Academy’s calendar and daily schedule; effectively use Academy systems for communication and course management.
  • Work with students to set goals for private lessons, and select appropriate repertoire that is broadly representational and musically diverse. Instruct students in technique, musicianship, and practice strategies; assess and support musical development, encourage appropriate performance opportunities.
  • Communicate student issues or concerns with Department Chair and/or student’s advisor or parents 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 department meetings and other forms of shared governance.
  • 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 voice 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 marginalized identities.
  • Diversity or cultural competency education (conferences, seminars, in-service programs, coursework, independent study).
  • Enthusiasm for working with adolescents.
  • Willingness to enforce all school policies and rules governing student behavior.
  • Successful completion of a criminal and driving background check.

To be considered, applications must include the following documents (please upload as two distinct documents):
  • CV or resume.
  • Cover letter indicating a specific interest in teaching at a residential high school that is actively committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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