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Commercial Music Faculty

Brigham Young University School of Music
Utah, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 21, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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This is a full-time, continuing faculty status (tenure)-track, professorial position.


(1) Master’s degree required; Doctorate preferred or equivalent professional experience on a national/international level;

(2) Teaching experience at university level preferred;

(3) Evidence of an in-depth knowledge of and professional experience in commercial music with its teaching and practices, including subjects such as modern music production techniques, game/media and film scoring, MIDI sequencing, DAW operations, recording, composing, arranging and orchestration, producing, sound design, and performing;

(4) Evidence of a thorough understanding of music business practices such as copyrights, contracts, social marketing and promotion;

(5) Preference given to individuals with a background in jazz.


(1) Teach assigned courses that may include music technology, popular music history, music production and recording, game/media and film scoring, orchestration, music business, and others according to expertise;

(2) Mentor and advise undergraduate students;

(3) Pursue scholarly and creative endeavors which may include composition, music production, music for film and media, publications and reviews, and scholarly research/creative works in accordance with the School of Music Rank and Status Document;

(4) Take an active role in the Commercial Music Division, including the audition/review process of potential students and other responsibilities as assigned;

(5) Cultivate and maintain professional affiliations;

(6) Serve on school, college, and university committees as assigned.

The School of Music at Brigham Young University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and has 450 majors enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The School has 50 full-time and approximately 60 adjunct faculty members and offers instruction leading to a variety of degrees, including the B.A., B.M., B.F.A., M.A., and M.M. Brigham Young University, which is supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has an enrollment of 33,500 students drawn from all over the world. BYU is located 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah.

BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university's honor code and dress and grooming standards. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Brigham Young University School of Music recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to music education. Our mission is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, academic freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; to promote excellence in instruction and creative and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for its students. We recognize and honor the innovation and growth that comes from voices of all kinds, and we celebrate creativity and diversity in the School of Music. We seek applicants who demonstrate a commitment to this perspective or have experience that would further the school's diversity goals. Prospective candidates are invited to include a brief diversity statement with their application.

Application procedure:

  • Submit a university application, cover letter, curriculum vitae, and diversity statement online at
  • Upload transcripts with the application or have the required official transcript for the highest degree received sent to the search committee chair (Ron Saltmarsh,
  • Submit scholarly/creative work by upload with the application or send directly to the search committee chair (Ron Saltmarsh,*:
    1. Three best examples of original creative work including commercial recordings, compositions, arrangements, or other media productions with corresponding online links to recordings, video, or folders containing digital copies of the works, scores, or other materials
    2. A demo reel containing 5+ minutes of music/audio productions with snippets no longer than 30 seconds
    3. If applicable, an example of a recent performance
    4. If applicable, a writing sample of an article or publication relating to commercial music
*Submissions may either be in the form of “links” or on “disks.” “Links” means online links to YouTube, Google Drive, WeTransfer, or other websites containing files or presentations that can be accessed via the internet. Links should be “active” links embedded into a Word or .pdf document that can be readily accessed by clicking on the link within the document. “Disks” may include CD, DVD, USB external hard drives or memory sticks that contain text, audio and video file information that is physically mailed to Ron Saltmarsh, BYU School of Music, C550 HFAC, Provo UT 84602.

  • If applicant is currently teaching or has taught at a college/university, upload with the application an example of teaching such as an in-class video sample or a class syllabus.
  • If applicant is currently teaching at a college/university, submit the last three years of institutional teaching/student ratings either by upload with the application or directly to the search committee chair.
  • All materials must be received by the application deadline: October 1, 2020.

Search committee chair is Professor Ron Saltmarsh, School of Music, C480-A HFAC, BYU, Provo UT 84602;; 801-422-5254.

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