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Double Bass Instructor

Part-time Position Announcement:

Double Bass Instructor- Private Lessons/Group Class


Merit School of Music is seeking a Double Bass instructor to teach Group Class and Private Lessons through our Merit Music in Communities (MMIC) program, as well as Bass Sectionals and Technique/Excerpts classes in our Alice S. Pfalzer Tuition-free Conservatory Program (TFC). Students in the MMIC program are comprised of beginning through intermediate level in grades 4th – 8th. Qualified candidates may also be considered to teach in Merit’s on-site Private Lesson Program. Students in the TFC program are intermediate to highly advanced level in grades 6th - 12th. Spanish language skills preferred.

Organization Overview

Merit School of Music is a community music school located in Chicago’s West Loop. Our primary goals are to help young people transform their lives and experience personal growth through music by providing access to sustained participation. For more than 40 years, we have been home to a diverse community of talented young musicians and have acted as a springboard for achieving full musical and personal potential. Our 125 passionate and experienced teaching artists provide access to high-quality music education, engaging over 3,000 students annually at our downtown location and in area schools and community centers.

Our students, who reflect the socioeconomic and ethnic diversity of Chicago, have the rare opportunity to learn together, dream together, teach each other, and broaden their horizons as they build inspiring lives through music. Merit develops musicians and provides young people with the tools they need to excel in life, with virtually 100 percent of our graduates going on to conservatory or college.

Merit School of Music is committed to building a world in which historically underrepresented groups can attain access to quality music education. Simultaneously, Merit is continually working towards becoming an organization that is truly reflective of the demographics of the city and the students we serve. Merit is dedicated to being an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and anti-racist organization and continually examining our efforts in this area.

Reporting Relationship

The Double Bass Instructor reports to the Strings and Orchestra Program Director.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities of Double Bass Instructor include, but are not limited to:

• Delivering high-quality instruction to students in weekly lessons or classes

• Communicating with on-site Merit string faculty to determine individual student needs and goals

• Providing Merit staff with student recommendations for additional Merit programming

• Participating in Merit faculty meetings and/or department meetings

• Corresponding with Merit staff and students/families in a timely fashion

• Other projects as assigned

Personal Skills/Attributes/Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

• Proven success teaching Double Bass students at various skill levels from beginner through advanced

• Strong classroom management skills

• Ability to collaborate and work well with colleagues and administrators

• Flexible and adaptive disposition

• A high level of personal musicianship

• Spanish language skills preferred

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent experience/training


• Private Lessons taking place at Chopin Elementary (2450 W. Rice St.) will occur Monday – Friday between 12:00 – 3:45pm and will average 2.5 hours per week.

• Group Classes taking place at Chopin Elementary (2450 W. Rice St.) will occur Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-6pm for a total of 4 hours per week.

• Sectionals and Technique/Excerpt classes taking place at Merit’s Joy Faith Knapp Music Center will occur on Saturday Morning (exact class times TBD) for a total of 1.5 hours a week.

• Private Lessons taking place at Merit’s Joy Faith Knapp Music Center are scheduled based on student-teacher availability.

• Private Lessons may also take place virtually, via Zoom for “on-site” students, and via Google Meet for students at Chopin Elementary.

Compensation and Application

Compensation is $44.00/hour for private lessons regardless of location. Group classes at Merit’s main campus in the West Loop are $49/hour, and MMiC group classes are $50. Off-site private lessons and group classes taking place at MMiC school sites are eligible for mileage reimbursement in accordance with Merit School of Music policies.

To apply, please upload your resume detailing your relevant experience and qualifications for this role using this link. Applications will be accepted through July 5, 2021. Materials should be compatible with Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF. Applicants will receive confirmation of receipt of their materials through Airtable and further guidance and updates about the hiring process by e-mail, with interviews provided for finalists.

ALAANA/BIPOC people, trans and gender nonconforming people, and women are encouraged to apply.

For more information about Merit School of Music, please visit

Merit School of Music is committed to enhancing the diversity of our musical community, recognizing that by providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment for our students, we are preparing them for personal and professional success in an increasingly multicultural and global society. The Merit community recognizes that it has a responsibility for creating and sustaining a learning and working environment where difference is valued, and where equity and inclusion are practiced.

Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago, IL