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Instructor of Music Theory
Arizona State University

Date Posted Apr. 23, 2019
Title Instructor of Music Theory
University Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ, United States
Department School of Music
Application Deadline May 7, 2019
Position Start Date August 2019
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Music - Scientific Study/Theory
    Music - Composition
    Music - General

The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks an instructor of music theory for a one-year, full-time, benefits eligible position for the 2019-20 academic year. The position is an academic year (nine month), non-tenure track position. Anticipated start date is August 16, 2019.

The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate fundamentals of music theory, analysis, and aural skills courses, and advanced undergraduate and graduate theory courses in the instructor’s area of specialization with consideration for departmental needs. Our undergraduate and graduate curricula allow for a range of teaching interests.

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With nearly 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit

Located in one of the most expansive metropolitan centers in the United States and situated in the Sonoran desert, the ASU School of Music supports a broad range of inquiry. Programs within the School of Music lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music with an optional concentration in Music and Culture; Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music with concentrations in music performance, jazz studies, music theatre, music education, music theory and composition, music therapy as well as three minors in music theatre, music studies and music performance; Master of Arts (MA) in Music with concentrations in ethnomusicology or musicology; and Master of Music (MM) in composition, conducting, music education, music performance, performance pedagogy and music therapy. In addition, the school offers a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in composition, conducting and performance and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a concentration in music education or musicology, as well as a graduate certificate in theory pedagogy. With one of the largest comprehensive music programs in a public research university in the United States, the ASU School of Music plays a prominent role within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and is located on the ASU Tempe campus. For more information on the School of Music, please visit

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in music theory or DMA in music composition, ABD considered
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching undergraduate core theory and aural skills classes
  • Demonstrated ability to teach in at least one of these three areas: music of the Baroque,
    19th- to early 20th-century music, analytical techniques
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in teaching and service

Desired Qualifications:

  • PhD degree in music theory preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at multiple levels, including undergraduate courses, advanced undergraduate electives, and courses for graduate students
  • Demonstrated interest and engagement with current topics in the field of music theory
  • Demonstrated interest in innovative course development and/or creative approaches to teaching.
  • Demonstrated expertise and interest in music theory pedagogy preferred
  • Expertise in current and innovative uses of technology in the classroom and in the delivery of course content
  • Strong keyboard and musicianship skills

Instructions to Apply: Candidates must submit: 1) a cover letter stating qualifications and teaching interests; 2) a teaching philosophy statement that also addresses your commitment to diversity (1-2 pages); 3) curriculum vitae or resume; 4) a video recording of at least 15 minutes demonstrating theory teaching to a group of students; 5) a representative piece of scholarly research; and 6) contact information for three professional references (including the nature of their relationship to applicant).

All applications must be submitted electronically via

Application deadline: is May 7, 2019, 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time; if not filled, applications will be reviewed every week thereafter until search is closed.

  • ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

    Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement at See ASU’s Title IX policy at

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Contact Information

  • Adrienne Goglia, Business Operations Specialist
    School of Music
    Arizona State University
    ASU School of Music
    50 E Gammage Parkway E185
    Tempe, AZ 85287-0405
  • 480-965-2819


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