Houston, Texas

At Houston Methodist, the Pianist position is responsible for creating a holistic environment of care for our patients, guests and employees by playing classical, cultural and traditional music selections appropriate for the healing environment. This position performs high quality, purposeful programming, which is presented in public areas throughout the Houston Methodist system. The Pianist position selects music aimed to relieve anxiety by creating a welcoming environment of solace, offering emotional and spiritual inspiration and supporting the journey of healing and caregiving for all. This position remains conscientious of the environment and modifies music selections in regards to audience feedback, activity in the space and environmental disruptions. The Pianist position maintains professional boundaries and connects individuals with other departments like Security, Spiritual Care, and Guest Services when the need arises.


Job responsibilities labeled EF capture those duties that are essential functions of the job.

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  1. Exhibits sensitivity to surroundings and approachability to listeners. (EF)
  2. Responds positively to requests for assistance from customers, employees and visitors, using clear and professional communication to facilitate problem resolution.
  3. Mentor or trains volunteer pianists, as needed.

  1. Provides music as a service to promote the holistic environment of care at Houston Methodist. (EF)
  2. Performs a wide variety of classical, cultural and traditional music selections from sheet music (provided by the employee) or memory. (EF)
  3. Plays for hospital events, as determined by the schedule coordinated with management, multiple times a year. (EF)
  4. Plays piano for 2 and 4 hour shifts with a 15 minute break every hour. (EF)

  1. Contributes to a safe working environment with respect to sound levels and overhead announcements. (EF)
  2. Acts accordingly, displaying sensitivity to the needs of doctors, nurses or chaplains when discussions are taking place with patients and families within close proximity. (EF)

  1. Use resources efficiently; does not waste supplies. Self-motivated to independently manage time effectively and prioritizes department daily tasks, minimizing incidental overtime.
  2. Ensure consistent piano coverage.

  1. Responsible for active development of performance repertoire.
  2. Support hospital and department goals and offers innovative solutions through participation in department projects. Assumes responsibility for self-growth and development by participating in in-services programs and continuing education. (EF)

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive; the employee will also perform other reasonably related business/job duties as assigned. Houston Methodist reserves the right to revise job duties and responsibilities as the need arises.



  • High School diploma or equivalent education (examples include: GED, verification of homeschool equivalency, partial or full completion of post-secondary education, etc.)

  • Professional pianist with 5 years experience


  • None


  • Demonstrates the skills and competencies necessary to safely perform the assigned job, determined through on-going skills, competency assessments, and performance evaluations
  • Sufficient proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language necessary to perform the essential functions of this job, especially with regard to activities impacting patient or employee safety or security
  • Ability to effectively communicate with patients, physicians, family members and co-workers in a manner consistent with a customer service focus and application of positive language principles


Work AttireYes/NoUniform NoScrubsNoBusiness professionalYesOther (dept approved) No
On-Call* No (for Non-Exempt or Exempt jobs)
*Note that employees may be required to be on-call during emergencies (ie. Disaster, Severe Weather Event, etc) regardless of selection above.

May require travel within YesHouston Metropolitan area 
May require travel outside No of Houston Metropolitan area 
**Travel specifications may vary by department.

Please note any other special considerations to this job: __________________________

Company Profile:

Houston Methodist is comprised of a nationally recognized academic medical center and seven community hospitals with a history of health care innovation. We have consistently been recognized by several national organizations as one of the nation's best places to work.

Houston, Texas

At Houston Methodist, Leading Medicine is more than a description of what we do; it's who we are. We take our responsibility as Houston's premier health care system seriously, and with a national reputation for excellence in patient care, innovation and research, we hold ourselves and the careers we build to a higher standard. Our culture is diverse, dynamic and challenging. We believe in our I Care Values and conduct ourselves with Integrity, Compassion, Accountability, Respect for others and a commitment to Excellence. Discover the difference for yourself and join Houston Methodist.

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