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Assistant Professor Music (Voice Instruction)

Kentucky State University
Frankfort, Kentucky, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jun 13, 2024
TITLE: Assistant Professor of Music (Voice)

DEPARTMENT: College of Arts and Sciences

REPORTS TO: Chair of the School of Humanities

CLASSIFICATION: Faculty-9 months


STANDARD WORK HOURS: 40 hours per week




The Assistant Professor of Voice Instruction position is a full-time, tenure-track appointment in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kentucky State University. We seek a passionate and dynamic voice instructor committed to excellence in teaching, performance, and scholarly activities. The successful candidate will be an integral part of our vibrant music community, contributing to both the academic and artistic development of our students.

The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for significant contributions to the field through research and creative activity.

Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to developing a studio of undergraduates, including a multicultural population of first-generation students within the context of a Historically Black, (HBCU), Land Grant, Liberal Arts University.


Teaching and Student Development
  • Provide high-quality individual voice instruction to undergraduate and graduate students across a variety of styles and genres.
  • Teach courses in voice pedagogy, diction, vocal literature, and performance techniques as needed by the department.
  • Advise and mentor students in their academic, artistic, and professional development, including guiding them through recitals, juries, competitions, and auditions.
  • Recruit and retain excellent students
Performance and Creative Activity
  • Maintain an active performance schedule, both as a soloist and in collaboration with other artists, ensembles, and organizations.
  • Engage in scholarly and creative activities that contribute to the advancement of the field and the reputation of the department.
  • Encourage and facilitate student participation in recitals, ensembles, and other performance opportunities within the university and the community.
Curriculum Development and Assessment
  • Participate in the development and revision of the voice curriculum to ensure it meets the evolving needs of students and aligns with contemporary practices in voice instruction.
  • Contribute to the assessment and evaluation of student performance and progress, providing constructive feedback and support for continuous improvement.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of departmental initiatives that enhance the learning environment and educational outcomes.
Service and Community Engagement
  • Serve on departmental, school, and university committees, contributing to the governance and development of the academic community.
  • Participate in outreach activities, including recruitment, auditions, and community engagement events that promote the department and its programs.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to support interdisciplinary projects and initiatives that advance the mission of the [Department/School/University].

  • Outstanding vocal technique and performance skills, with the ability to inspire and develop students’ vocal abilities.
  • Strong pedagogical skills in voice instruction, with a commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment.
  • Proficiency in teaching vocal pedagogy, diction, and vocal literature, with the ability to adapt teaching methods to diverse student needs.
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, with a collaborative approach to working with colleagues and students.
  • Ability to integrate technology into teaching and performance to enhance the learning experience and support student engagement.
  • This position does not have supervisory responsibility.

  • Vocal Demonstration: Regularly demonstrate vocal techniques and exercises, requiring sustained use of voice and breath control.
  • Extended Use of Voice: Engage in prolonged periods of speaking and singing during individual and group lessons, which may lead to vocal strain.
  • Movement and Posture: Frequently stand and move around the classroom or rehearsal space, maintaining good posture to support vocal health and effective teaching.
  • Repetitive Actions: Perform repetitive vocal demonstrations and exercises, necessitating careful management to avoid physical fatigue.
  • Conducting and Gesturing: Lead students in rehearsals and performances with physical gestures and conducting, which can be physically demanding.
  • Physical Stamina: Maintain the physical stamina necessary for participation in rehearsals and performances, often outside regular working hours.
  • Academic Environment: Work primarily within university or college settings, including classrooms, rehearsal spaces, and performance halls.

  • Additional duties maybe assigned. commensurate with the candidate’s expertise and the department’s curricular, service, and community outreach needs.

  • Doctoral degree (DMA, PhD, or equivalent) in Voice, Vocal Performance, or a related field. ABD candidates nearing completion may be considered. Terminal degree must be conferred by the contract start date
  • Demonstrated success in recruiting and teaching at the college level
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching voice at the college or university level, with a record of successful student outcomes.
  • A proven track record of solo and collaborative performance experience across a range of musical styles and genres.
  • Evidence of ongoing scholarly or creative activities, such as performances, recordings, publications, or conference presentations.
  • Demonstrated interest in a broad representation of vocal literature through performance, effective communication skills, a record of performance activity in professional music venues and organizations, and demonstration of ancillary benefits to the department in cross-curricular interests, community engagement, or other skills
Licensing and Certifications: NA

Internal Candidates are Encouraged to Apply

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States. At this time, Kentucky State University is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa

KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.

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