Job Description – Piano Teacher & Resident Accompanist

The New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) is seeking an experienced and inspirational piano teacher and piano accompanist to join our committed team, supporting and developing our rapidly growing Keyboard Department.

The right person for the job will:

▪ Be committed to music education with at least 2 years of full-time teaching experience (or equivalent) as a studio piano teacher and accompanist, either in a school or as a peripatetic teacher

▪ Hold at least a Bachelor of Music degree or equivalent in piano performance

▪ Have demonstrated experience teaching piano to at least Grade 6 AMEB level (or equivalent)

▪ Have demonstrated ability to accompany students in concerts and examinations from beginner to advanced level

▪ Be a good communicator, with outstanding planning and organisational skills

▪ Be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.

Desirable qualities include:

▪ An ability to teach music theory and musicianship to Grade 6 AMEB level (or equivalent)

▪ Experience in ensemble coaching and/or choral accompanying and conducting

▪ Familiarity with Kodaly and/or Orff teaching methods.

The successful applicant for this role will be expected to:

▪ Teach and support students’ development, primarily at beginner to intermediate levels

▪ Prepare students for performances and examinations

▪ Maintain regular contact with parents and schools regarding attendance and progress of students

▪ Write reports on student progress to be sent to parents

▪ Initiate and participate in performances in the community.

About the Piano Teacher & Resident Accompanist

The Piano Teacher & Resident Accompanist will be based in Armidale, New South Wales, a leading regional centre for education, music, arts and culture.

The role is a unique opportunity in one of the State’s most prolific and flourishing regional conservatoriums. The successful candidate will join our rapidly growing keyboard department and will also work across a range of school and community settings.

The Piano Teacher & Resident Accompanist will prepare solo students and ensembles for performance opportunities facilitated by NECOM, as well as for eisteddfods and exams. They will also be involved in community-based outreach activities such as our Chamber Music in School program, which helps raise the profile and reputation of the New England Conservatorium of Music, promoting music education in the region, and broadening knowledge of, and participation in music-making in the community.

Commencing Term 1 2022, the role is initially offered on a part-time basis, averaging approximately 22 hours per week during school terms, though it is expected to grow quickly. Candidates who can teach music theory / musicianship may be able to take on additional programs and increase their initial part-time loading.

The New England Conservatorium of Music

Resident in the historic Armidale Teachers’ College, the New England Conservatorium of Music is a highly respected cultural institution, founded on the belief that high-quality music education and music performance embedded in a regional community gives it unique cohesion, economic, and social capacity.

A significant contributor to the identity of Armidale and the New England, the Conservatorium delivers 29,000 hours of classroom, ensemble and instrumental programs each year through a unique “conservatorium without walls” model connecting 7500 students across the Northern Tablelands.

The Conservatorium also functions as a local concert presenter, with an annual program of 100 events featuring visiting and local artists for audiences in excess of 19,000 – a significant achievement for a regional centre with a population of only 30,000.

Our Conservatorium was established in 2004 and has grown exponentially since then to provide an outstanding and diverse range of music education and performance programs in the Armidale and broader New England region.

Living and working in Armidale

Widely considered the ‘capital’ of the New England High Country, Armidale is the administrative centre of the Northern Tablelands, centrally located only an hour’s flight from both Sydney and Brisbane. 

With a cosmopolitan culture, it is a university city that prides itself on being dynamic, progressive, and innovative. It is surrounded by national parks, has four distinct seasons due to its altitude, and offers its residents a beautiful, culturally diverse, and friendly regional environment. 

With excellent amenities and lifestyle options, Armidale also enjoys very affordable housing with an average median house price nearly $700,000 below that of Sydney.

Armidale is renowned for its thriving cultural life. Music, both classical and contemporary, contributes enormously to the city’s vibrancy.

For the outdoor enthusiast, Armidale boasts some of Australia’s most stunning and accessible national parks and wilderness areas. In addition, the city offers an array of sports, sporting clubs, and recreational activities.


This position is offered on an initial 3-year, fixed term contract, working not less than 912 hours per year, with an additional 75 hours of paid annual leave. Starting salary will be between $36.45 – $42.52 per hour based on qualifications and experience, plus applicable superannuation payments.

How to apply

Applications should be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer by close of business, Wednesday 10 November, including a cover letter, resume and details of at least two referees who may be contacted during the selection process.

Chris Clark
Chief Executive Officer
New England Conservatorium of Music