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Assistant Professor of Music - Piano/Theory

Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
Commensurate with Experience
Date posted
Feb 13, 2024

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

Job Details

The Fine Arts Division of Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University seeks a pianist with strong experience in the collaborative arts and a significant pedagogical background in Music Theory beginning August 1, 2024. This faculty member will teach private lessons in piano and courses in the music theory core curriculum. The position will provide service to the Fine Arts Division and Seaver College, as appropriate. As a member of the Music Program, the position will participate in recruiting piano students, coordinate chamber music in collaboration with other instrumental faculty, participate in the oversight of recitals, juries, and the instrumental music curriculum, and assign student and staff pianists to private music lessons across the program. DMA, Ph.D., or equivalent in Music, required.

While developing and maintaining a regional and national reputation as an artist/teacher, the successful candidate will show a clear artistic and scholarly agenda and be able to articulate how those goals serve the mission of a liberal arts music program.  The exceptional candidate will show an ability to prepare and teach students in a manner that reflects the diverse range of musical opportunities of the 21st century. As teaching is our foremost emphasis at Seaver College, candidates should also demonstrate exceptional interest and effectiveness in mentoring undergraduate students.

Successful candidates will demonstrate an active commitment to Pepperdine University's Christian mission and the Mission of Seaver College. The Fine Arts Division and University are broadly committed to belonging, equity, and inclusion and we especially welcome applications from candidates who are dedicated to advancing these ideals. Pepperdine University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

Please submit all application materials by clicking [Apply on Website] at the top or bottom of this page or visit Seaver Faculty Employment Opportunities for additional information and a link to apply. Application review will begin October 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check will be required as a condition of employment.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Ryan Board (
Fine Arts Division, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263


Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University was established in 1937 by Mr. George Pepperdine, a Christian businessman, who stressed the desirability of a complete education built on a Christian value system. The institution is committed to the ideals of the founder. Pepperdine's Seaver College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with approximately 3,550 students. Successful candidates must demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian mission of the University and the mission of Seaver College. Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Pepperdine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Pepperdine is committed to providing a work environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. Engaging in unlawful discrimination or harassment will result in appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Pepperdine pursues the very highest employment and academic standards within a context that celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith. While students, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Regents represent many religious backgrounds, Pepperdine reserves the right to seek, hire and promote persons who support the goals and mission of the institution, including the right to prefer co-religionists. It is the intent of the University to create and promote a diverse work force consistent with its stated goals and mission. 

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