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National Dance Institute seeks Pianists

NDI is seeking musicians who…

  • Have command of the technical aspects of the piano
  • Have a varied repertoire (pop, classical, funk, jazz, etc.)
  • Play dynamically, expressively, energetically and with a sense of theatricality
  • Can improvise
  • Are able to read music (a plus)
  • Have experience accompanying dance (a plus)
  • Have experience teaching music to children (a plus)
  • Are flexible and able to adapt to the needs of different school communities
  • Are committed to anti-racist education and culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices
  • Are collaborative; thrive in a team dynamic in which power and responsibility are shared
  • Are reliable, consistent, and always on time

  • Accompany in-person classes in NDI partner schools
  • Arrange, compose, and serve as music director for mid-year and culminating performances
  • Participate in required professional development, including a fall retreat, bi-monthly workshops, and all-staff equity trainings
  • Maintain an NDI email account and communicate promptly and professionally with NDI administrative staff, teaching artist teams, and school partners
  • Complete an annual performance review and meet with the NDI music leadership 
  • Submit bi-weekly digital timesheets, adhering to deadlines communicated by NDI


  • Are hired on a part-time basis starting at  $40/class, dependent upon experience 
    • Classes typically run for 45 to 50 minutes, and we generally schedule no fewer than three classes per day in succession at any partner school 
  • Are required to attend paid professional development sessions, including an intensive, multi-day “retreat” at the start of the school year; bi-monthly, all-staff workshops; and specialized trainings for new musicians
  • Will receive a stipend for out-of-school time planning for every residency
  • Will receive additional compensation for evening performances and special projects
  • Will receive paid sick and bereavement leave
  • Eligibility for a pay increase following one year of continuous employment

  • Ability to travel within NYC's boroughs.
  • Candidates are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Offers for employment are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a background check and fingerprinting with the NYC Department of Education (DOE).
  • Must be currently authorized to work in the United States for any employer. No visa sponsorship is available for this position.

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  • Candidates must submit an application by April 21st, 2023
  • NDI will review applications and invite candidates to participate in a workshop at the NDI Center in Harlem, NY on May 3rd, 5:00pm-6:30pm ET. 
  • Final candidates will be selected to participate in NDI’s professional development training this summer, and will receive a stipend of $25/hour for a minimum of 40 training hours; $1,000 minimum stipend.
    • Level One Intensive Training, July 31st - August 11th, Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:30pm in person at NDI. 
  • Hired musicians are required to participate in NDI’s paid Teaching Artist Retreat on September 19-21st.
  • Upon completion of the training, potential job opportunities for the 2023-24 school year will be dependent on the availability of In-School Program work, to begin in late September or early October.

Address 217 West 147th St.

City New York City

State NY

Zip code 10039

Country US

Contact name Sofia Baeta

Contact email

Due date April 21st, 2023

Age range:

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