Applied Guitar Instructor

Gifted Music School is pleased to announce the opening of an Applied Guitar Instructor faculty position. Duties begin August 2023 or later, as negotiated.*

*Note: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Highly qualified applicants should complete the online application as soon as possible to guarantee consideration. For more information, or to suggest nominations for this position, please contact



Gifted Music School seeks an experienced and engaging Applied Guitar Lesson Instructor to join the Guitar Area Faculty at Gifted Music School in Salt Lake City, UT. The teaching artist would be expected to join a serious teaching team committed to raising, nurturing, and coaching students of all ages and backgrounds. The Guitar Instructor reports to the Preparatory Director and will work in close cooperation with other members of the team. The instructor's primary role is to provide applied guitar lessons on a weekly basis.
Specific responsibilities for the Guitar Instructor will include, but are not limited to:
  • Teach individual lessons to guitar students at beginning through advanced levels.
  • Provide each student a minimum of 38 lessons per school year (15 in the fall, 17 in the spring, and a minimum of 6 lessons in the summer), adhering to the school calendar.
  • Hold one (1) studio recital each fall and spring semester in collaboration with other guitar studios.
  • Prepare students for and adjudicate at Jury Examinations.
  • Actively recruit and maintain a studio of guitar students at Gifted Music School.
  • Coordinate with colleagues across campus (e.g. Chamber Music Coordinator, Choir Director, Conservatory Manager, etc.) and encourage students to audition or apply for classes and performance opportunities as appropriate.
  • Conference with parents and students to address problems or provide counseling on students' musical development.
  • Perform administrative tasks associated with students’ attendance, scheduling, and communications.
  • Report to the department chair and attend, assist, and contribute to school and departmental events.
  • Perform other related duties as requested by the Preparatory Director. Hourly wage is commensurate with experience.
The hours for this position are negotiable and may vary depending on instructor availability and student demand. Eligible for health and dental benefits if workload reaches or exceeds 30 hours per week.


  • Bachelor's degree in guitar performance or related field
  • Demonstrated evidence of effective teaching, beginning through advanced levels - minimum of 3 years experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Demonstrated English proficiency; Spanish or other language would be a strong asset.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above


In particular, we are looking for candidates with:
  • A strong background in teaching beginning students
  • Advanced degrees in music (MM, MMA, or DMA) with significant experience in teaching guitar students
  • An active teaching career and interest in making teaching activities at Gifted Music School a career priority
  • Commitment to maintaining a reliable schedule and adhering to the school calendar
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to contribute to a high-performance team environment while being supportive of colleagues, staff, parents, and students
  • A strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the studio and meeting the needs of a diverse population
  • A strong understanding of the value of comprehensive music instruction

Familiarity with Gifted Music School’s policies and procedures, as well as the school’s systems (i.e. My Music Staff) is preferred but not required.



Step 1) Qualified applicants should upload the following materials to and complete our online application form at
  1. Cover Letter
  2. CV or Résumé
  3. Contact information for 2-3 Professional References from whom we may solicit a recommendation
  4. Two (2) contrasting Video Teaching Samples
  5. (Optional) Teaching Philosophy Statement
Step 2) Upon reviewing your application materials, the search committee may invite you to interview or audition at Gifted Music School and/or provide additional teaching samples. This position may also require the successful completion of a criminal background check.