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We’re seeking violin instructors who can inspire, with a deep love and knowledge of music theory, an appreciation for the wide range of musical genres that violin can participate in, and a keen interest in maintaining their own musical journey.


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Job Description


Violin Teachers

Violin has become a cornerstone musical instrument for early music education, prominent within the Suzuki Method as well as others. Merriam is fortunate to count many violin professionals as long-term members of our staff.

We’re seeking violin instructors who can inspire, with a deep love and knowledge of music theory, an appreciation for the wide range of musical genres that violin can participate in, and a keen interest in maintaining their own musical journey.

Here at Merriam you’ll join our team of pros, and foster your own career at the same time. You’ll have the opportunity to advance within the school and play increasingly important roles in helping to shape students’ lives and the future of the school.

A violin instructor position at Merriam is evidence that a “music teacher job” doesn’t need to be part-time, temporary, or unfulfilling. In fact, it’s entirely the opposite, and to learn more, we hope that you’ll apply to join our team.



Violin Teachers

We welcome all styles of violinist to apply: whether you’re purely classical, have been fiddling since 3, a plug-in for electric stylings a la Trans Siberian Orchestra, or a little jazz in the style of Stéphane Grappelli.

And, we’re seeking out two very unique and valuable types of violinists for our school: full and part-time core instructors, and professional performers who connect less frequently.

Firstly, our academy of music is built upon the long-term commitment of our teaching staff. Many of our core teachers have been with the school for over a decade, and our most engaged and successful teachers consider this a professional home and a place to foster their careers.

But additionally, we are also seeking professional performers with active music-industry careers who find satisfaction in sharing their knowledge and enhancing their income in a flexible, credible way. These artists act as adjudicators, guest lecturers, course contributors, remote coaches for elite students, and content contributors.

Our teachers hail from throughout the GTA, including Etobicoke, Markham, Richmond Hill, North York, Hamilton, Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Toronto, Vaughan, Brampton, Scarborough, and more. As we expand online, however, we’d love to hear from you regardless of where you are, from Dartmouth to Brantford, Guelph to Gatineau, Alberta to Quebec, Stouffville to Saskatoon, Port Coquitlam to Port Dover.

Regardless of what job type you apply for, the age group of the students, your past job titles, or whether you have a bachelor’s degree or doctorate, we value musicianship (not necessarily virtuosity) and a genuine connection with educating above all else. Successful candidates will have post-secondary education, except where recognized success in the music industry or exceptional prior teaching experience provides a similar depth of knowledge.


Merriam Music is an equal opportunity employer that has a long track record of fostering growth for its employees, sculpting job opportunities that build upon each individual’s strengths. While other businesses may claim a similar culture, few can boast that their entire first and second management levels are made up of 10+ year employees. 

Our workplace is supportive, with open-door policies with all direct managers and support for all employees when and where needed. Whether that be mentoring and coaching so that you can achieve maximum job success, or being responsive to personal needs and challenges, our employees are the strength of our business, and we treat you as such.

And finally, you’ll be heard. Ideas are welcomed and encouraged, and the best ideas are adopted regardless of who and where they come from. We all succeed when everyone is supported fairly and genuinely – and you’ll feel it from day one.


Violin Teachers


Please click the link to begin your application process. We ask that you attach a cover letter, and if you don’t have one, you’ll be given an opportunity to write a short introduction about yourself.  You’ll be asked about your schedule preferences, earning expectations, your past experience, your resume, and your musical areas of strength. 



Merriam Music isn’t just on a mission, we’re growing at the same time. And to propel our growth, we want to partner with talented and innovative individuals who will help us get there. You don’t need to be a musician, just someone who understands how powerful music can be.

We have openings in a wide variety of areas, including sales and product specialists, music teachers and coaches, administrators and customer care team members, or creative content producers for written, social, and video communications.




Merriam Music

We’re a company driven by mission, aided by the latest technologies at every turn, and joined in a community of music. Founded by Alan Merriam in 1988, himself a professional musician, this company is built and run by musicians and music lovers at the deepest levels.

Not everyone at Nike runs half-marathons. Not everyone at Boeing flies. But every key employee at Merriam Music has music in their blood at a deep level. The CEO is a pro-level jazz pianist and rhythm aficionado. The director of operations can teach you about subdivision, key signatures, and tonality. Our IT director used to manage one of Toronto’s most famous recording studios. Our Marketing and Sales director is also a professional performer and producer. Our CFO is in a professional bell choir. Our sales team counts no less than 6 professional performers amongst them.

When your product is music, it’s a different kind of company when it’s built and run by musicians.


The Music School

The Merriam School Of Music is known throughout Canada and the United States as a leading institution for early childhood music education, advanced university & college preparation, our r&b and pop band program, and our expansive adult lesson program.

Since 2020, Merriam has applied its 33 years of success and unparalleled growth to our online offering, MMOA (Merriam Music Online Academy). Merriam is also certified by the Government of Ontario to grant full High School Credits in select programs through Merriam High School.

To deliver the enormous range of lessons and programming to our 3000+ students, the school maintains a teaching staff of over 120, with a full-time staff complement of 50+.




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The Piano Stores

Merriam Pianos, started by Alan Merriam concomitantly with the school, has grown from a small retail shop in Mississauga to become one of the largest in the world. We currently operate three marquee showrooms in the Greater Toronto Area (Oakville, Vaughan, Toronto), having recently purchased Robert Lowrey Piano Experts and a major online dealer of pianos as well.

We proudly represent 12 lines of leading acoustic and digital pianos from around the world, maintain an inventory of 500+ pianos at any given time, all made possible by our committed and tireless crew of 15 (and growing).


I'm continually surrounded by people who speak the language of music, and get excited about its impact on people's lives. For those out there looking for a balance of challenge, reward, and musical connection....or to those who simply don't believe it exists...I'd suggest you check us out and start a conversation. You never know where it might lead.
Stu Harrison
Merriam Pianos
If you're looking for vibrant company culture, you will find it here. If you're looking for a meaningful job that makes the world a better place, you will find it here. If you're looking for somewhere to set down roots and change and grow as a person, for lifelong friendships and a place of inspiration to call will find it here. I know I have.
Rumiko Sokolowski
Piano Teacher
Whether it's getting up on stage to perform, helping a student reach a new level or milestone on their journey, or having the privilege to bring a world-class musical instrument into someone's home and life, there isn't much else that can give you that level of euphoria and purpose. If you're looking for a career that you can seriously be proud of, check out Merriam Music
Patrick Panus
Piano & Education Specialist
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