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Faculty - Assistant Professor, Music Theory and Applied Instruction

Utah Valley University
Utah, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Dec 5, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Faculty - Assistant Professor, Music Theory and Applied Instruction

Salary: Depends on Qualifications
Job Type: Faculty
Job Number: FY2401973
Closing: 1/31/2024 11:59 PM Mountain
Location: 800 W University Parkway, Orem
Division: School of the Arts

Position Announcement

Utah Valley University Music Department invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor with a focus on music theory and applied instruction in trombone, or oboe, or bassoon.

The successful candidate will primarily teach courses within the music core curriculum with a focus on music theory and aural skills. They will teach courses within an area related to applied instrument such as applied lessons, performance class, etc. In addition to teaching responsibilities, tenure-track faculty are expected to carry out scholarly/creative works and provide service to the campus and community. The position requires positive mentorship for students from a variety of backgrounds and ability levels who are pursuing a broad range of careers.

Candidates will demonstrate the ability to teach and oversee a rigorous and diverse set of core curriculum courses, specifically music theory and aural skills. Our curriculum requires knowledge of diverse styles and practices, and skill in incorporating this knowledge into core classes is essential.

Additional teaching assignments in the applied area are required. Candidates will demonstrate skill in applied lesson instruction on their primary instrument. Additional knowledge of courses in chamber music, pedagogy and literature, and/or performance class, etc. might be required as teaching load allows.

One of UVU's core values is Exceptional Care. UVU is committed to diverse and inclusive practices in teaching, scholarly/creative works and mentorship. UVU also focuses on engaging students in research and creative works. The candidate is expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence, as well as to teaching diverse learners and modeling inclusive practices. The search committee encourages women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and indigenous persons to apply. We welcome applications from candidates whose record of scholarship, teaching, and/or service strengthens the department's ability to offer diverse perspectives and culturally responsive mentorship to our students.

UVU, located in Orem, Utah, is a comprehensive state institution of higher education with over 40,000 students. Orem is on the western front of the Wasatch Mountains and offers access to numerous outdoor activities including snow sports, hiking, mountain biking, and hunting. The Wasatch Front metropolitan area offers rich cultural opportunities in the arts including the Sundance Film Festival and world-class music and dance companies. The UVU campus is served by a wonderful public transit system, including a rail line that runs along the entire Wasatch Front urban corridor. The UVU School of the Arts has strong ties with other universities and with professionals in the arts in Utah. UVU and the School of the Arts strongly support undergraduate creative activities and high impact practices.

Learn more about the department of music at

Summary of Responsibilities

  • Teaches and supervises courses in the music core curriculum, such as music theory and aural skills
  • Teach courses related to an instrument of specialty such as applied lessons, performance class, etc.
  • Devotes time to creative/scholarly/professional activities.
  • Devotes time to service activities.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation from an accredited institution with a doctorate degree in a field closely related to the field of instruction (or ABD with dissertation defense scheduled. Degree must be in hand by position start date).
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Candidates will have the ability to teach and model professional competency in multiple genres in order to meet the diverse needs of our students and degree programs.
  • Evidence of teaching experience in music theory and/or aural skills, and private instruction.
  • Candidates will provide a record of research related to theory and/or aural skills, which may include publications, presentations at conferences, and/or compositions or arrangements.
Application Materials
All candidates will be asked to submit the following:
  1. CV
  2. Cover letter
  3. Candidates will provide a record of research related to theory and/or aural skills, which may include publications, presentations at conferences, and/or compositions or arrangements. Candidates will also demonstrate performance skills in diverse styles on their applied instrument.
Semi-finalist candidates will be contacted to submit the following:
  • 15-minute video of class instruction in music theory or aural skills
  • 15-minute video of private lesson instruction video
  • 3-5 representative examples of performances in diverse styles on main instrument (in audio or video format)

  • Knowledge, Skill, and Abilities

    • Knowledge of the principles and pedagogy of music theory and aural skills classes
    • Knowledge of the core curriculum in music
    • Knowledge of the principles and pedagogy of applied instruction within an instrumental area
    • Performance abilities on a primary instrument, either bassoon, oboe, or trombone
    • Knowledge in student management, motivation, and evaluation techniques
    • Skills as a practicing researcher and performer in music
    • Skills in classroom instruction in the music core
    • Skills in applied instruction and related area courses such as chamber music, performance class, and pedagogy and literature, etc.
    • Skills in curriculum design
    • Skills in fostering student success through engaged learning practices
    • Skills in interpersonal relationships, communication, problem solving, and decision making
    • Work collaboratively with students, colleagues, school personnel, and community
    • Provide timely and effective feedback
    • Recruit and retain students
    • Work effectively in an environment that values exceptional care, exceptional accountability, and exceptional results
    • Cultural competencies to work effectively with diverse students and colleagues
    • Uphold professional and ethical teaching standards

    EEO Statement:

    UVU employment decisions are made on the basis of an applicant's qualifications and ability to perform the job without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 and over), disability, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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