Los Angeles Community College District

Piano Accompanist/Coach (#5378)

$28.37-$35.15 hourly / $4,917.38-$6,091.78 monthly / $59,008.56-$73,101.36 annual


Provides piano accompaniment for music classes, dance classes, choral groups, recitals, concerts, and other special events and provides individual coaching outside of class to improve musical skills.

Typical Duties

Plays accompaniment at sight for designated classes, choral groups, and other performances.

Coaches students individually or in small groups outside of class to improve vocal and/or instrumental skills; recommends modifications to vocal harmonies and encourages student involvement and participation.

Coaches students in proper diction for songs in foreign languages.

Assists students or instructors in planning, reviewing, and selecting music suitable to various occasions.

Illustrates different musical forms in modern dance and theory courses.

Adapts themes to the piano from recorded music.

Composes short music phrases to accompany choreographed dance pieces.

Transposes music from one key to another as needed.

May perform clerical duties such as scheduling piano tuning and repair; preparing performance programs or flyers; ordering, receiving, classifying, cataloging, filing and maintaining a library of music, scores, and audio recordings.

May accompany students in performances.

May answer inquiries from District staff, students, and community members regarding musical performances.

Performs related duties as assigned.

Distinguishing Characteristics

A Piano Accompanist/Coach provides piano accompaniment for music classes, dance and choreography classes, choral groups, and soloists; coaches students outside of class to improve vocal and/or instrumental skills.

An Instructional Assistant, Music, applies knowledge of music in assisting students in the development of perceptive listening skills; schedules and oversees the use of instructional music laboratories and practice rooms; and is responsible for the routine day-to-day business transactions of the music department office.


General supervision is received from a department chair or instructional staff. No supervision is exercised.

Class Qualifications

Knowledge of:

Advanced piano playing

Music theory, harmony, rhythm, composition, and transposition

Meaning of musical terms, signs, and abbreviations

Terminology relating to ballet, jazz, contemporary, and other forms of dance

Popular, semi-classical, and classical music

Vocal techniques

Proper diction and understanding of foreign languages as it relates to musical pieces

Ability to:

Play at sight, with accuracy and feeling, popular, semi-classical and classical music and art songs

Memorize, improvise, adapt and transpose music

Coach students individually or in small groups to improve vocal and/or instrumental skills

Compose short music phrases

Select music suitable to various occasions

Follow a soloist, a conductor, or a dance instructor in performing a musical score

Work effectively and cooperatively with instructors, students, and other staff

Entrance Qualifications

Education and Experience:

Graduation from high school or its equivalent AND two years of full-time paid or unpaid experience accompanying vocal soloists, choral groups, or dancers using a piano. Formal study of the piano may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.


A valid Class ā€œCā€ Driver's License may be required for some positions.

Travel to locations throughout the District may be required for some positions.

Reasonable Accommodations

Our class specification generally describes the duties, responsibilities, and requirements characteristic of the position(s) within this job class. The duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a particular position within this class may vary from the duties of other positions within the class.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Los Angeles Community College District provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with covered disabilities on a case-by-case basis throughout the application, examination, and hiring processes and throughout employment. If an individual is in doubt about his or her ability to perform the duties and responsibilities of a position or possession of any other requirement noted in a class specification or job announcement, he or she should always apply for a position and request reasonable accommodation at the appropriate time.


CLASS: 5378; REV: 9/3/2013;