Group Cello Instructor

Submitted by HRMerit on Tue, 11/07/2017 - 2:20pm


Merit School of Music seeks a highly qualified candidate for the position of Group Class Cello Instructor to start no later than November 27th in our Merit Music in Communities Program. The successful candidate will teach 2 hours of weekly group class cello classes at Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy (4420 S. Sacramento, Chicago, IL 60632). Please see below for more details regarding teaching schedule and location. Qualified candidates may be considered to teach in Merit’s 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 $6 million, of which nearly half is supported by contributed revenue.

Merit School of Music transforms the lives of Chicago-area youth by providing the highest quality music education – with a focus on underserved communities – inspiring young people to achieve their full musical and personal potential.

Reporting Relationship

The Group Cello Instructor reports to the Strings and Orchestra Program Director.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities of Group Cello Instructor include, but are not limited to:

Deliver high-quality instruction to Merit Music in Communities classes of 4 to 8 students
Use Merit’s curriculum when constructing lesson plans
Participation in Merit faculty meetings and/or department meetings
Timely correspondence with Merit staff and students/families
Other projects as assigned

Personal Skills/Attributes/Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess the following qualifications:

Proven success teaching cello students at various skill levels and ages in a group setting
Strong classroom management skills
Punctual, professional, and collegial nature
Fantastic communication skills
Flexible and adaptive disposition
A high level of personal musicianship

Educational Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in music or equivalent experience/training

All classes take place at Gunsaulus Scholastic Academy (4420 S. Sacramento, Chicago). The class schedule listed below:
11/27/2017 through 06/11/2017, Mondays & Wednesdays, 3:00pm-4:00pm

Compensation is $50.00 hour. Merit reimburses travel expenses at the standard IRS rate of $0.535 per mile, round trip, as calculated from Merit’s main campus.

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.

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