High School Piano Lab Teacher

Job category: Professional
Exemption Status/Test: Non Exempt
Reports to: Campus Principal/Visual and Performing Arts Director
Date Revised: February 20, 2015
Dept./School: Assigned Campus

Primary purpose

Direct and manage the piano lab for campus and provide students with an opportunity to participate in extracurricular piano activities and performances ensuring compliance with all state, University Interscholastic League (UIL), if applicable, and district requirements



Bachelor’s degree in music from an accredited college or university

Valid Texas teaching certificate in music

ESL Certification preferred


Evidence of successful piano teaching experience preferred

Special knowledge/skills

Knowledge of overall operation of a piano program

Ability to manage budget and working piano lab

Knowledge of state and UIL policies, if applicable

Ability to implement policy, procedures, and data

Strong instructional communication, public relations, organizational, leadership, and interpersonal skills

Willingness to advance knowledge by attending workshops, conventions, and staff development sessions

Adept in piano pedagogy

Major responsibilities and duties

Program Planning

  • Plan/assist in the arrangement of transportation, lodging, and meals for any local or out-of-town events
  • Comply with federal and state laws, State Board of Education rule, UIL & TMEA rules, and board policy in regards to the piano program
  • Coordinate fundraising activities for the development of additional piano activities, competitions, festivals and field trips
  • Establish performance requirements, enforce academic requirements, and verify each student’s eligibility to participate in piano
  • Recommend policies to improve program
  • Schedule regular opportunities for students to perform in the recital setting and area events
  • Promote student success by providing opportunities to perform at district and civic events
  • Assist students in preparing for college/university auditions

 Student Management

  • Apply and enforce student discipline in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and student handbook
  • Accompany and supervise students on in-district, in-town and out-of-town trips


  • Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers
  • Maintain professional relationship with campus and feeder piano programs, colleagues, students, parents, and community members
  • Work in cooperation with the director of fine arts to ensure procedures listed in the fine arts operations and procedures manual are being followed throughout the campus

Budget and Inventory

  • Maintain a current inventory of all fixed assets in the piano lab
  • Help oversee the process of cleaning, repairing, inventory and storage of all piano lab equipment
  • Purchase and maintain music library with beginning, intermediate and advanced materials
  • Ensure that programs are cost-effective and funds are managed wisely
  • Compile budgets and cost estimates based on documented program needs
  • Coordinate fundraising activities and manage funds
  • Purchase instructional materials to meet specific student needs


  • Develop and implement lesson plans that fulfill the requirements of district’s curriculum program and show written evidence of preparation as required
  • Obtain and use evaluative findings (including student achievement and retention data) to determine program effectiveness and ensure program renewal is continuous and responds to student needs
  • Prepare lessons that reflect accommodations for individual student differences
  • Present subject matter according to guidelines established by the Texas Education Agency board policies, and administrative regulations
  • Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect and understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned through the district curriculum and state standards in music
  • Conduct ongoing assessments of student achievement through formal and informal testing
  • Create an environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students
  • Actively participate in district and area music events, including festivals, UIL/TMEA event

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Take all necessary reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Personal computer and peripherals; standard instructional equipment
Prolonged standing; frequent kneeling/squatting, bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting
Frequent walking
Regular light lifting and carrying (less than 15 pounds)
Available to work prolonged and irregular hours
Mental Demands: 
Execute your assigned regular (daily) teaching schedule of classes, ability to maintain emotional control under stress

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.