Percussion Instructor

Submitted by HRMerit on Fri, 07/27/2018 - 4:35pm


Merit School of Music seeks a highly qualified percussion teacher to teach percussion technique classes within our prestigious Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory. The Conservatory is in session on Saturdays from September 29 – April 27 at the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center in the West Loop. The Conservatory percussion teacher will also be eligible to teach within our Private Lesson Program.

Organization Overview

Since its founding in 1979, Merit School of Music has successfully motivated and inspired over 50,000 young people with high-quality music instruction. The School’s broad-ranging comprehensive curriculum, extensive level of financial aid, sense of community and the standard of excellence set forth by the faculty and students are major components of its success.

Merit offers a multi-leveled, structured curriculum in a college preparatory environment. Programs take place at the Joy Faith Knapp Music Center in Chicago’s West Loop and at nearly 30 locations in neighborhoods across the City. Instruction is offered to approximately 5,000 students of all ages, from infants to adults, and from beginners to the Juilliard-bound by over 150 accomplished faculty members.

Merit has an annual operating budget of approximately $6 million, of which more than half is supported by contributed revenue, with a third coming from earned revenue, including rental income.


Merit School of Music transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth through removing barriers to high-quality music education.

Reporting Relationship

The Percussion Teacher reports to the Band Program Director

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the Percussion Teacher include, but are not limited to:
Deliver high-quality instruction in weekly classes
Communicating with corresponding band directors to determine individual student needs and goals
Acting as ambassador on Merit’s behalf to recruit students into the percussion studio
Preparing Private Lesson students for annual recitals
Assisting with concerts and other events as needed
Other projects as assigned

Personal Skills/Attributes/Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

Proven success teaching middle and high school percussion students at an advanced level
Strong classroom management skills
Ability to collaborate and work well with colleagues and administrators
Punctual, professional, and collegial
Flexible and adaptive disposition
A high level of personal musicianship

Educational Requirements

Bachelor’s degree in Music or equivalent experience


Conservatory percussion classes meet Saturdays, September 29 – April 27, between 9:15am – 1:30pm.
Private Lessons are scheduled one-on-one between student and instructor


Compensation is $44.00 per hour for Private Lessons; $49.00 per hour for Group Classes

Interested candidates should send résumé to:

No phone calls or faxes please.

For more information about Merit School of Music, please visit

Merit School of Music does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religious belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, veteran status, physical or mental disability or any other protected status in admission or access to, or employment in its programs and activities.