Private and Group Piano Instructor

Community Music Center of Boston - Boston, Massachusetts

Job Category: Programs

Job Type: Paid

Job Term: Part Time

Compensation: 48/hour

Application Deadline: July 18, 2024

About Our Organization


The Community Music Center of Boston, an arts education nonprofit with a mission to transform lives by providing equitable access to excellent music education and arts experiences, is seeking a motivated and student-centered private and group piano instructor to continue instruction for current and new piano students. This is a great opportunity for candidates with demonstrated teaching experience who are looking for community, growth opportunities, and a compensation structure that also includes paid administrative time and paid professional development opportunities. The ideal candidate will have a inclusive and culturally responsive teaching style that reflects CMCB's three curricular pillars: Musical Artistry, Social-Emotional Development, and Cultural Inclusion. Additional teaching opportunities are available for candidates with the ability to play and teach multiple instruments and/or candidates who are interested in teaching in the public schools.

Job Summary

Status: Part time hourly, exempt

Start Date: Week of August 19, 2024

Schedule: In person, 10-15 hours per week, Monday - Tuesday (3:00PM-8:00PM - full availability) and Saturday (9:00AM-12:30PM, 4 group classes - full availability)


Specific Responsibilities

Group Class Instruction and Management

  • Engage students through supporting a growing love and appreciation of music
  • Develop and implement curriculum that incorporates basic music skills and fundamentals
  • Assist in recruitment activities

Studio Management and Retention

  • Teach students according to curricular guidelines
  • Prepare students for performance events and opportunities
  • Hold at least one studio recital during the school year
  • Complete attendance in registration software accurately
  • Maintain open and regular communication with parents/caregivers and students via email to support educational progress

Communication and Participation

  • Attend Department meetings and the annual all-faculty meeting as scheduled
  • Participate in department events, competitions, recitals, and concerts
  • Facilitate student participation in musical opportunities

Job Qualifications & Requirements



  • Must have Bachelor's degree in music performance/education with knowledge in the field of piano performance/pedagogy or equivalent experience
  • Minimum of 2 years teaching experience, including demonstrated experience teaching ages 4-7 in a private setting, and/or knowledge of early childhood piano pedagogies and general classroom management
  • Must be adept at and comfortable with working in a culturally diverse environment with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as pedagogical and professional values
  • Interest in the following focus areas: Culturally Responsive Teaching, Creative Youth Development - Student Voice/Agency, and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Availability in-person with maximum one pre-planned absence per semester
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Effective communication skills in conversing with students, families, and colleagues
  • Demonstrated ability to actively listen to and learn from others
  • Ability to adapt to individual needs of students and provide constructive feedback
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite (Google Docs, Google Forms, and Google Sheets)


  • Knowledge in a diverse range of styles
  • Fluency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, and/or Chinese (Mandarin/Cantonese) is highly desirable
  • Proficient to strong sight reading skills
  • Experience teaching in a public school or community music school setting

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the person in this position must be able to to remain in a stationary position 50-75% of the time. They need to occasionally move around the space to access teaching supplies and instruments. They must also converse with students in a normal classroom setting and discern and recognize changes in tone, pitch, rhythm, and volume. They may occasionally move or transport supplies and instruments up to 10 pounds.

How to Apply

Application Instructions

Please apply at Please be prepared to submit the below materials (addressed to Jared Field, Associate Director of the Community Music School) as part of your application:

  • A cover letter which addresses your capabilities, experiences, and interests
  • A current resume or CV
  • Names and contact information for at least three (3) references from within the past 5 years, indicating your relationship with each

Incomplete applications may not be considered. Applications will be reviewed beginning June 20 as they are received, and this position will remain open for applications until filled. Please, no phone calls or walk-ins.

Community Music Center of Boston is committed to recruiting and fostering a diverse community of staff and students and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA+ individuals, and members of other historically disenfranchised and marginalized populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.