Why work at Powers?

It’s easy to jump right in and get to know our small but passionate team here at Powers. Our staff members are creative and innovative (most of us have our own music projects too), always eager to learn and share ideas, and dedicated to improving our students’ and families’ experiences as much as we can. When you join us, your thoughts are encouraged and valued, and you’ll be part of a hard-working team committed to solving problems and making our community better and stronger.

Why teach at Powers?

Here you can meet, talk, and build relationships with some of the area’s most respected music educators and teaching artists. You’ll work for, and with, an organization that values creativity, compassion, and commitment. You’ll meet students wherever they are in their journey and guide them towards their goals in a way that makes sense for them – it’s truly a collaborative and rewarding teaching experience. You’ll also have opportunities to further connect with and impact the Powers community (and beyond!) through summer day programs, workshops, faculty committees, and more.

Please contact gfarrell@powersmusic.org to see how your talents and skills might benefit the Powers community.


open positions:


Piano Instructor, Part-time

Powers Music School seeks an experienced piano instructor to teach on Fridays and/or Saturdays. The ideal candidate will be experienced and comfortable teaching students of all ages and abilities. The current piano department includes thirteen faculty members who teach private lessons, group classes, and chamber music.

– Teach private lessons
– Teach group classes and chamber music, based on department need
– Attend annual faculty meeting and open house

– Master’s degree in performance, pedagogy or equivalent work experience
– Documented successful teaching experience
– Effective communication skills with students, parents, and colleagues

START: Summer or Fall 2023

$48-$55 per hour, based on experience and qualifications.

To apply:
Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references by email to mmiller@powersmusic.org
Dr. Meghan Miller
Associate Director
Powers Music School
PO Box 398
Belmont, MA 02478

Music Therapist, Part-time

Powers Music School seeks an experienced and energetic Board-Certified music therapist with outstanding abilities to work with students of all ages, especially older adults. Currently, Powers employs one music therapist offering weekly individual sessions but is seeking to expand its offerings through on and off-site group instruction and sensory-sensitive performances. This is an ideal opportunity for a creative, self-motivated individual to join and help grow a vibrant department.

– In consultation with department coordinator, develop, plan, and lead group sessions (on or off-site) based on community need
– Lead individual sessions with students of all ages
– Attend annual faculty meeting & open house
– Explore opportunities for enrollment growth

– Board certification
– Documented work experience of at least 3-5 years preferred
– Experience and expertise working with older adult populations
– Effective communication skills with clients, families, and colleagues
– Strong proficiency in multiple instruments – voice, guitar, piano, percussion, etc.

START: Fall 2022


To apply:
Send cover letter, resume, and 3 references by email to mmiller@powersmusic.org
Dr. Meghan Miller
Associate Director
Powers Music School
PO Box 398
Belmont, MA 02478


String Department Chair, Full-time

Powers Music School seeks to hire a full-time String Department Chair who is an experienced teaching artist and arts administrator. The ideal candidate will be organized, collaborative, and proactive. This position will ensure that our school maintains a cohesive string department across all its programs: Suzuki, traditional lessons, Irish fiddle, early music, orchestra, chamber music, Saturday Morning Music School, and our many summer programs. Acting as the liaison between these programs, the department chair will work to establish a clear pathway of study from beginning to advanced levels, ensuring continuity for students’ talent development and program growth. As a team player, the chair will work within the string department to foster a sense of community amongst the faculty, students, and school staff to ensure appropriate placements for new students and timely communication of department offerings and events.

Powers Music School’s string department is comprised of approximately 175 students and 22 faculty members for its on-site classes and lessons and an additional 65 students at Saturday Morning Music School, an offsite program offered in partnership with Belmont Public Schools.

– Teach on-site private lessons and group classes. Group classes could include Suzuki groups, chamber music, or other areas of expertise. (22-25 hrs. per week, 32 weeks per year).
– Teach, and/or lead, within Powers’ six summer day programs as appropriate. (4-8 hrs. per day, 4 to six weeks per year)
– Oversee all department offerings and explore opportunities for growth.
– Work closely with the Associate Director and Registrar to field inquiries and place new students in the appropriate class or lesson.
– Working with the Associate Director, establish a culture of feedback and assessment through the development of a certificate program and faculty evaluation process.
– Lead department faculty meetings at least twice per year.
– Organize department offerings for bi-annual Workshop Weeks and teach at least two workshops per year.
– Periodically assess the school’s string instruments and supplies for repairs and maintenance.
– Substitute as needed.

– Leadership: The ability to assemble and inspire a team of highly qualified faculty.
– Musicianship: Exemplary skills as a musician and teacher with professional performance or teaching credits.
– Flexibility: The ability to adapt to any situation and continue to work at a high level.
– Communication. Speak and write clearly and appropriately with students, parents, and coworkers.
– Proactivity: Anticipate potential problems and conflicts and work to de-escalate situations before they impact others.
– Responsibility: Complete tasks in a timely manner and develop timelines to gather information from others.
– Problem Solving:  Evaluate situations and find effective solutions.
– Teamwork: Thrive in a collaborative environment.
– Commitment to excellence: Consistently evaluate yourself and others, focusing on desired outcomes.
– Collaborative learner:  Working with others to learn and grow on the job.

Powers is a community music school located in Belmont, MA, which is about 10 miles west of downtown Boston. Powers has six full-time staff members and a faculty of over 70 teaching artists. We serve around 900 students each week through private lessons and group classes during the school year. During the summer, we offer six summer programs in addition to private lessons and group classes. Our students range in age from infants to older adults, with the bulk of our students being school-aged children.

Powers has recently relocated to a beautiful new building at 160 Lexington Street, making this the first time in the school’s history that all programs, lessons, and concerts can happen under one roof. Our new space includes a large performance hall, small recital room, rock/percussion room, early music room, and group piano lab. In addition to this location, Powers is out in the community offering programming at Chenery Middle School in Belmont, The Waltham Council on Aging, several local libraries, and The Grove Hall Senior Center in Dorchester.

– Master of Music in Performance, Pedagogy, or Education.
– 10 yrs. teaching experience in a community music school or community division of a university, with a focus on training pre-college-aged students.
– Demonstrated leadership experience and professional performance credits.
– Working knowledge of Google Suite and MS Office is required; familiarity with the ASAP registration system and database is a plus, but not required.
– You must be physically capable of sitting and working at a computer for several hours per day, lifting and carrying up to 20 pounds, and maneuvering up and down stairs without assistance.

This is a full-time 42-46 week per year position that combines teaching and administrative duties. The schedule will be a mix of both onsite and offsite work and will in part be determined by assigned students and class load. That said, we expect the schedule to comprise 4-5 days of on-site teaching while classes are in session similar to the following:

1. Year Round: 10-15 hours per week for administrative work which will vary in type and scope based on the time of year. We expect most of this work will be done off-site.
2. The school year, September through mid-June: 20-25 hours of on-site teaching per week except for school holidays and breaks.
3. Summer: 4-6 weeks of full-day teaching in summer day programs, plus private lessons based on enrollment.

The starting salary is in the range of $55,000-60,000 per year. Powers offers a benefits package that includes 50% health and dental insurance premium sharing, a non-matching 403b retirement plan, paid holidays, and earned sick leave.

Send cover letter, resume, and three professional references by email to mmiller@powersmusic.org
Dr. Meghan Miller
Associate Director
Powers Music School
PO Box 398
Belmont, MA 02478

Application review will begin on April 15th and continue until the position is filled.