Accompanist Job Description

Accompanist Job Description

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Accompanist provides piano accompaniment for music students for individual rehearsals and vocal performance classes, and auditions as needed.

Accompanist Duties & Responsibilities

To write an effective accompanist job description, begin by listing detailed duties, responsibilities and expectations. We have included accompanist job description templates that you can modify and use.

Sample responsibilities for this position include:

Accompany modern dance technique class
May chaperone students in special events outside of school
May conduct sectional rehearsals, including playing and teaching individual parts
May attend choir meetings as needed
Perform preparation for concerts, including coordinating guest performers, stage setup, creating programs
Assist in the training of sectional leaders
Assist with preparation of lesson plans and classroom materials, manage music library
Assist teacher with classroom management
Lead choral warm ups and sight reading exercises
Provide clerical support to music department, including record keeping, composing correspondence, collecting fees, issuing receipts, and general clerical duties

Accompanist Qualifications

Qualifications for a job description may include education, certification, and experience.

Education for Accompanist

Typically a job would require a certain level of education.

Employers hiring for the accompanist job most commonly would prefer for their future employee to have a relevant degree such as Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music, Education, Piano, Collaborative Piano, Accompanying, Piano Performance, Music Performance, Teaching, Performance, Graduate

Skills for Accompanist

Desired skills for accompanist include:

Vocal repertoire
Areas of: music repertory for dance and appropriate modes of music improvisation
Classical repertory
Terminology used in technique classes
Current practices in the musical profession and experience performing contemporary
Experimental
Popular and classical repertoires
African Dance rhythms
Follow procedural and policy manual related to the job tasks
General written standards and procedures utilized

Desired experience for accompanist includes:

Provide piano accompaniment to music department for classes, concerts, rehearsals, and festivals
Set up/take down instruments before class beings/after class ends
Attend specified class periods for the duration of the academic term
Accompany dance classes on selected instrument(s)
No convicted sex offenders shall be eligible for employment at City Road Chapel UMC
Must be flexible and open to supervision, recognizing that the unique demands of a church environment often require an ability to adapt as circumstances change

Accompanist Examples

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Accompanist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is hiring for an accompanist. To join our growing team, please review the list of responsibilities and qualifications.
Responsibilities for accompanist
  • Provide organ/piano music for weddings and funerals if available
  • Be responsible for the purchase of all music and music supplies needed to carry out the duties of organist (request and pre-approval required)
  • Ability to work well with the vocal ensemble directors
  • Ability to sight read well is preferred
  • Willingness to assist ensemble directors with rehearsal leadership, sectional rehearsals
  • Must be able to improv on a variety of instruments
  • Must be comfortable accompanying dance and rhythm classes
  • Must be able to interact and communicate well with faculty
  • Must be on time, responsible and able to commit to the schedule in advance
  • Select and play appropriate music for studio lessons
Qualifications for accompanist
  • Candidate must have a demonstrated proficiency on both piano and organ
  • Candidate must be comfortable accompanying vocal and instrumental ensembles
  • Candidate must be capable of working with different styles of music, including both traditional sacred music, contemporary praise music, and gospel
  • Candidate should be proficient in reading music and or lead sheets
  • Preference will be given to candidates with who have skills in improvisation
  • Must be a follower and believer in Jesus Christ, who is pursuing God daily
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Accompanist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our company is growing rapidly and is looking to fill the role of accompanist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for accompanist
  • Improvises, plays from memory or by following score
  • Composes and performs music for student acting programs
  • Accompanying weekly lessons and rehearsal for upper level music students
  • Accompanying senior recitals, YPS, Upper Div, juries, Departmental recitals and freshman auditions
  • Accompanying rehearsals for any musical or opera production
  • Playing for choral or any other ensemble groups when necessary
  • Working in cooperation with the accompanying program coordinator of the school
  • Select and play appropriate music for classes
  • Provide music with appropriate tempo, meter and style for each exercise given to ballet students by instructor
  • Provides musical accompaniment for dance classes, and individual performers during practice sessions and performances
Qualifications for accompanist
  • Must be willing to work most weekends
  • Must be able to exercise initiative and judgment as an independent worker
  • Must be a person of personal integrity, trust, and be able to maintain confidentiality
  • Must be able to maintain appropriate boundaries and be above reproach in all ethical matters
  • Provide accompaniment on the piano/keyboard for all conservatory and non-conservatory singing class
  • Accompany auditions for mainstage productions
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Accompanist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is looking for an accompanist. Thank you in advance for taking a look at the list of responsibilities and qualifications. We look forward to reviewing your resume.
Responsibilities for accompanist
  • Provides musical accompaniment for dance classes
  • Composes or improvises music for dance classes
  • Accompany students in lessons, rehearsals and recitals
  • Participate in Music Division performances and/or additional rehearsals
  • Accompany Visiting Artist masterclasses
  • Mentor students in professional conduct with collaborators
  • Improvises and composes music for interpretive choral music performances
  • Accompanying for rehearsals and performances scheduled before and after school
  • In the absences of the vocal music teacher the accompanist is expected to assume a leadership role in assisting the substitute teacher
  • Play organ/piano music for the traditional Sunday service at 9 am
Qualifications for accompanist
  • Accompany auditions for incoming BFA candidates
  • Lead rehearsals as needed when asked by the Music Director
  • Accompany rehearsals for mainstage productions at the Ring Theatre
  • Accompany production auditions
  • Accompany on-campus BFA auditions
  • Accompany any special events that require an accompanist
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Accompanist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our growing company is looking to fill the role of accompanist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for accompanist
  • Establish a personal weekly rehearsal time at the organ
  • Collaborate with the music team for planning and preparation of worship services and other events
  • Submit the titles and composers of music literature to the church office for inclusion in the Sunday bulletin
  • Additional services that are part of base pay may include special choir concerts, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter service, Christmas Eve services
  • Provide for qualified substitutes for all absences
  • Provide accompaniment for funerals, memorial services, and weddings as able, with fees being paid by participating parties
  • Accompany students during lessons, rehearsals, recitals, and juries
  • Accompany Visiting Artist concerts, clinics, and workshops
  • Mentor students in professional conduct with collaborators and provide a good model to student employee accompanists
  • Improvises new music and plays from memory or by following score to support dance learning
Qualifications for accompanist
  • Listen for accuracy of notes sung by the actors and communicate with the director about correcting notes as needed
  • Understand both music and lyrical intention
  • Be able to improvise and arrange the music extemporaneously to the needs of the student/singer
  • Other duties as assigned by the Music Director
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Music is required
  • Two years of experience at the college level is preferred
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Accompanist Job Description

Job Description Example
Our innovative and growing company is hiring for an accompanist. We appreciate you taking the time to review the list of qualifications and to apply for the position. If you don’t fill all of the qualifications, you may still be considered depending on your level of experience.
Responsibilities for accompanist
  • Assists Music Director with scheduling of accompanists, matching accompanists with needs of instructors
  • Provides work direction and guidance to new accompanists
  • Maintains spaces designated for storage of musical equipment
  • Provides instruction on use of sound system for rehearsals
  • Provides sound technical support for rental clients and hired crew
  • Supervises rented facility spaces during summer rentals in school spaces
  • Assists Instructional Specialist Sr
  • Archives all dance area media used in public performances
  • Assists faculty in teaching music for dance courses and assists staff in running the sound lab as needed
  • Assists faculty and staff with additional tasks related to music for dance as needed
Qualifications for accompanist
  • Previous experience accompanying for Ballet, Modern, or World Dance classes
  • Ability to provide musical accompaniment that supports and enhances the rhythmic and qualitative characteristics of class content
  • Ability to play a wide range of styles with an ability to improvise and provide musical accompaniment that supports and enhances the rhythmic and qualitative characteristics of class movement content
  • Skilled pianist
  • Two or more years of experience as a collaborative pianist preferred
  • High level of technical and musical accomplishment on the piano, determined by an audition

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