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Piano Accompanist

Job Description


The position of the District Piano Accompanist is to provide support to the music instructional program through accompaniment, on piano and other keyboard instruments. The accompanist works closely with the music directors during rehearsals and performances that may occur outside of the regular school day; assisting with related tasks; and serving as an instructional resource for students and teachers in the area of fine arts.

Reports to Executive Director of Learning and Innovation and the District Music Coordinator


  • Demonstrates strong piano skills as a soloist and accompanist.
  •  Works collaboratively with choir and instrumental directors.
  •  Rehearses with music classes daily, before and after school, and as specified by the designated music department as required.
  • Accompanies choral groups in a variety of settings (e.g., rehearsals, concerts, competitions, auditions, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring professional musical support for students and instructors.
  • Analyzes and learns multiple pieces of assigned music per quarter and prior to rehearsal and performances (e.g., correct tempos, challenging transitions, dynamics, etc.) for the purpose of enhancing the instructional program and ensuring efficient use of rehearsal time and performance schedules.
  • Assists the teacher in supervising student activities for the purpose of ensuring efficient use of class time and maintaining a positive learning environment.
  • Assists choral Instructors with a variety of student related activities (e.g., records CDs for individual students, practices with individuals or small groups, etc.) for the purpose of supporting and ensuring the success of each program.
  • Attends work on a regular and predictable basis for the purpose of providing students with high quality service and instruction; understands that participating in evening and weekend performance is expected and is willing to work a flexible schedule.
  • Consistent professional interaction with students for the purpose of educating students; exhibits professional and stage etiquette for the purpose of serving as a model of professionalism at musical productions.
  • Participates in team meetings, in-service training, workshops, etc. for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information and supporting District goals.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.


  • The usual and customary methods of performing the position functions require piano dexterity at a professional level. Requires prolonged sitting and standing; use hands to finger, handle, grasp or feel; reach with hands and arms; requires stooping, bending, and lifting; requires physical exertion to manually move, lift, carry, pull, or push heavy objects or materials; must work in stressful and hectic environments; requires the ability to handle multiple tasks with frequent interruptions; may require some travel; requires physical and emotional endurance; must be able to work long and irregular hours; requires regular and consistent attendance and physical presence at the job.


FLSA: Non-Exempt


Education & Experience

  • Targeted, job-related education with study in a job-related area. Bachelor’s degree preferred and certificate of performance or music education.
  • Position-related experience is required.
  • Washington State Patrol and FBI Fingerprint Background Clearance.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to perform as a piano accompanist during music classes and required performances in a variety of environments and settings
  • Ability to analyze musical compositions and arrangements quickly and accurately
  • Ability to work independently within a rehearsal and performance setting
  • Ability to work with a variety of conducting styles
  • Ability to learn multiple pieces of music, and play piano multiple times throughout each day, familiarity with elementary and secondary music literature
  • Ability to maintain advanced piano pedagogy skills
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, students and administration and deal with people beyond giving and receiving instruction

Licenses/Special Requirements

Updated: 10/2021