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Head of New Music: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Music
University of Canterbury

  • Jan. 8, 2018
  • Jan. 28, 2018
  • Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
    Senior Lecturer
    Associate Professor
    Department Head/Head/Chair
  • Music - General
    Music Education
    Music - Composition
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Head of New Music : Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Music

College of Arts

School of Music

  • Full-time 37.5hrs (1 FTE)
  • Continuing (permanent)

The School of Music at UC has a long tradition in classical music education, and recently emerged identity specialising in performer-composers that cross stylistic boundaries. Current staff combine the roles of musical leaders, researchers, composers and performers across genres, and the School is seeking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Professor who will be a good fit for this approach, and who will lead the New Music programmes within the School.

This role will have input across the School with responsibilities for administration, leadership, and developing synergies in teaching and research interests relating to contemporary practice. There will be substantial involvement in teaching and co-ordinating the teaching of New Music within the MusB and MusB(Hons), BA(Music), MMus, PhD and DMA programmes.

The appointee’s principal research responsibilities will be the creation of their own music, and engagement in /development of local, national and international relationships that facilitate performances of their work and that of their students. The appointee will be expected to deliver and support the teaching of music creation across a broad range of styles and forms including notated music, technology-based music, orchestration and arranging, and performer-composer collaborations. A strong understanding of recent music technologies and their application is essential, particularly the capacity to engage with students whose background is as likely to be at the experimental end of jazz, rock, popular and/or world music as well as classical.

The role will involve the coordination and delivery of music courses at a range of levels, the regular output of refereed research, and supervision and guidance of research students and thesis writers. Other responsibilities will include pastoral care of students, administrative tasks, outreach into schools and the community, supervision of tutors, as well as leadership that contributes to the College of Arts’ strategic direction.

Candidates for this position will normally have a doctoral degree in music or a closely-related field, with a research profile in a field related to theoretical and applied creation of contemporary music across styles and formats. The ability to develop links with other academic units and research centres of the College, which cover a comprehensive range of offerings in the humanities, creative arts and social sciences, is desirable. Applicants should demonstrate teaching experience at tertiary level, including the ability to integrate technology into teaching, effective interpersonal skills, and a demonstrated ability to excite and engage students and audiences.

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of ‘People Prepared to Make a Difference’ .You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

For information about the range of benefits in joining UC please visit us online at:

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 28 January 2017.

Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume and any additional attachments combined into one document and submitted online.

Should you wish to e-mail any additional attachments or have queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to

Further information about this role can be obtained by contacting Associate Professor Glenda Keam, Head of Music

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