Accompanist (Lateral and External) (One or More Positions)

Saddleback College

Mission Viejo, CA

ID: 7075547 (Ref.No. P0003897)
Posted: February 25, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

20-Saddleback College
Classification Benefits:

The District offers a comprehensive package of insurance benefits to eligible employees, which includes medical and dental insurance, a vision-care plan, life insurance and dependent life coverage, accidental death and dismemberment coverage, and a long-term disability income-protection plan. All premiums are fully paid by the District. Mandatory retirement incentive is with California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

Summary Description:

Under direction from higher level academic and administrative staff, provides accompaniment for music instructional classes, recitals, concerts and other special events; and assists individual students in improving musical skills.

Knowledge of:

Methods and techniques of piano accompaniment for a variety of music and musical application. Principles and practices of sight reading for piano accompaniment. Vocal and instrumental repertoire and technique. Music theory, including harmony and notation. Proper diction and understanding of foreign languages.

Ability to:

Play advanced piano pieces.
Explain and instruct students on theoretical concepts and musical techniques.
Sight-read a variety of music.
Play music in a variety of different keys.
Follow vocalist/instrumentalist in rehearsals and performance.
Work with and exhibit sensitivity to and understanding of the varied racial, ethnic, cultural, sexual
orientation, academic, socio-economic, and disabled populations of community college students.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines:

Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.


Equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in music or a related field.


Two years of experience in piano accompaniment and music assistance.

Conditions of Employment:

The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential job functions.

Work Environment:

Work is performed primarily in a classroom setting.

Physical Demands:

Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in a classroom setting; to sit with sustained posture or intense attentiveness for prolonged periods of time; to play a piano requiring repetitive hand movement and finger dexterity; and to verbally communicate to exchange information. Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction. Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide accompaniment and general instruction to students in voice and music classes, and choral ensembles; accompany choral concerts, festivals and music recitals.

Schedule appointments with individual students for vocal and instrumental coaching; reinforce techniques taught in class; teach songs and basic musicianship.

Accompany rehearsals as requested; sight read accompaniments in rehearsals; improvise and transpose music to other keys to fit the vocal range of individual students.

Record accompaniments and/or vocal parts on student practice tapes for outside rehearsal.

Instruct students in the interpretation of various musical styles; coach students in proper diction for songs in foreign languages.

Assist students regarding class assignments; advise students in course offerings and selections; find and obtain music for students as requested.

Respond to inquiries and requests for information from students, faculty and staff regarding concerts, recitals and other events.

Provide musical assistance at a variety of times and locations, as schedules and performances dictate.

May lead vocal warm-ups and sectional rehearsals as requested.

Perform open score reading as necessary.

Perform related duties as required.

At the South Orange County Community College District, our goal as an academic community is to sustain a working environment that fosters and celebrates diversity, promotes and rewards excellence, and is welcoming to all. An exemplary academic community promotes an inclusive environment that best prepares our faculty, staff, and students to live, work, and contribute in a global society. The Plan reflects the District's commitment to equal employment opportunity and outlines the active steps that ensure nondiscriminatory practices.


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