Assistant Professor of Jazz Theory

Announcement of Full-time Faculty Position

Assistant Professor of Jazz Theory


Appointment: September, 2014

Responsibilities: Teach and coordinate undergraduate core courses in the School of Music’s Bachelor’s degree programs. These subject areas include music theory, musicianship, jazz theory, jazz ear training, jazz improvisation, and class jazz piano. Depending on the interests and expertise of the successful candidate, additional teaching activities in related areas such as applied (instrumental, vocal, or composition), ensemble, or an interdisciplinary interest may be included. Preference will be given to those with a background in jazz and contemporary music composition. Responsibilities will include student advising and curricular development.                                  

Qualifications: Master’s Degree required; significant experience that reflects a record of excellence in creative and scholarly achievement, and proven success teaching at the college level is essential; knowledge in, and experience with contemporary and traditional undergraduate music core subjects appropriate to a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies degree program; demonstrated ability to work collegially with faculty, staff, and guest artists; a background of contribution to the academic and performance fabric of a contemporary music school in a collaborative all-arts university environment.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and rank. 

The University of the Arts School of Music was founded in 1870 as the Philadelphia Musical Academy, and is located in the heart of center-city Philadelphia on the “Avenue of the Arts”.  The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The music program is distinguished by its emphasis on Jazz and contemporary American music idioms. The School offers a BM in Jazz Studies with majors in performance (instrumental or voice), and composition; a BS in Music Business, Entrepreneurship, and Technology; an MM and a GD in Jazz Studies; an MAT in Music Education; an MM in Music Education; and undergraduate minors in MBET, Music Education, Musical Theater, and Songwriting. There are approximately 340 music majors, and 2,200 full-time students University-wide. The University of the Arts is a private institution offering 39 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its College of Art, Media & Design, College of Performing Arts and Division of Liberal Arts. Schools within the colleges include: School of Art, School of Design, School of Film, School of Dance, Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, and the School of Music. The University of the Arts is the only University in the nation devoted exclusively to education and professional training in the performing, visual, and media arts.

Application:     Applicants should send a letter of application, CV and/or resume, audio and/or video recordings, and contact information for three professional references to:

                                School of Music Search Committee, Jazz Theory

                                c/o Amanda Melczer, Administrative Assistant

                                The University of the Arts

                                320 S. Broad Street

                                Philadelphia, PA  19102


Full consideration will be given to applications received by February 17, 2014; position will remain open until filled.