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Percussion Instructor


Merit School of Music seeks a highly qualified candidate for the position of Percussion Instructor, beginning no later than Saturday, September 24th. The successful candidate will teach three (3) hours of group percussion instruction at Merit's Joy Faith Knapp Music Center per week. Qualified candidates may also be offered additional teaching opportunities in the Conservatory or Merit's Private Lesson Programs.

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. We 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. We engage over 3,000 students annually at our downtown location and in area schools and community centers.

Our students, who reflect Chicago's socioeconomic and ethnic diversity, 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 to a conservatory or college.

Merit School of Music is committed to building a world where historically underrepresented groups can access quality music education. Simultaneously, Merit is continually working towards becoming an organization that reflects the city's demographics 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 Percussion Instructor will report to the Band Program Director.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Percussion Instructor include, but are not limited to:

o Delivering music instruction commensurate with Merit's curricula, teaching philosophy, mission, and values

o Preparing students for performances two to three times per year

o Following Merit's benchmarks for large ensemble instruction

o Supporting students' growth through Merit's continuum of programming

o Completing student attendance during each class or rehearsal

o Attending Merit faculty and departmental meetings

o Demonstrable commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Antiracism (IDEA) work

o Other projects as assigned

Educational Requirements

Bachelor's degree in music or equivalent experience/training.

Personal Skills/Attributes/Qualifications

o Record of excellence in instructing upper-level high school percussion students

o Uphold Merit's professional code of conduct: punctual, polite, responsive, collegial, and collaborative

o A high level of personal musicianship

o Experience working with students of diverse backgrounds

o Ability to collaborate, communicate effectively, and work well with faculty, colleagues, and administrators

o 26 Saturdays from September 24th, 2022, through April 22nd, 2023
o Saturday Schedule:
▪ Wind Symphony Group Class - 1:00-1:45pm
▪ Percussion Ensemble - 2:50pm-3:50pm
o Tuesday Schedule
▪ Sticks & Stones – 5:00pm-6:00pm

*Please note: this position requires candidates to live in the Chicago area.

COVID-19 Precautions

Merit School of Music requires all employees to provide proof of vaccination and booster shots against COVID-19. Please plan accordingly. Merit invested heavily in its HVAC system to improve ventilation throughout the building. Face masks are recommended to everyone who enters the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center. This is an in-person role.

Compensation and Application

• Hourly base rates are calculated using a proprietary method that considers years of experience, recruitment/retention skills, studio size, education, and established success as a teacher

o Base rates range from $40 to $80 per hour for private lessons, with an additional

$2.00 per hour added to the base rate for group classes

• Large ensembles pay 1.5x the group class rate

• Full-time faculty (780 annual teaching hours) qualify for insurance benefits. 401K eligibility begins at 500 annual teaching hours following the first employment anniversary.

To apply, please upload your resume detailing your relevant experience and qualifications for this role using this link. Applications will be accepted through September 18, 2022. Materials should be compatible with Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat PDF. Applicants will not receive confirmation of receipt of their materials. Further guidance and updates about the hiring process will arrive 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