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Position Detail - Lecturer in Music: Theory

Lecturer in Music: Theory

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Work type: Faculty Full-time
Location: South Hadley, MA
Categories: Faculty

The Department of Music at Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a full-time lecturer position in Music Theory beginning July 1, 2023.

We are interested in innovative teacher-scholar-performers who engage in both creative and scholarly work and are committed to developing a vision for Mount Holyoke College's music theory curriculum in collaboration with other Music faculty members. The successful candidate will teach recurring courses in music theory and musicianship and will work with the department to expand the theory curriculum to encompass music traditions, idioms and practices beyond the European-American classical canon, incorporating areas such as global, vernacular, popular, jazz, and Indigenous music; contemporary sonic arts; etc.

Additional expertise in the area of keyboard performance, music technology, or any other area of music or interdisciplinary music studies would be an advantage. The teaching expectation is five courses per academic year, in a 3/2 course load.

Candidates from historically underrepresented or marginalized groups are encouraged to apply. The appointee will teach and mentor students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. 

Required Qualifications:

Terminal/Master’s degree or equivalent 

Teaching experience - college-level teaching experience related to the subjects listed above

Developing/promising creative and professional record

Application Material:

Please submit a letter of application directly addressing the expectations of the position, a C.V., and three one-page statements concerning (1) teaching philosophy, (2) research interests, and (3) mentoring a diverse student body. Other documents to be provided are as follows: graduate transcripts, samples of syllabi from two or more courses related to the topics above, and a sample of writing or other creative work. Also, please provide contact information for three references in your application. Reference letters will be requested at a later date in the search process. We will begin reviewing applications on December 1.

The Department:

The department's robust program comprises performance, theory, history, composition, ethnomusicology, and music technology ( 

In line with curricular expectations of a liberal arts college, our courses are designed to help students make connections between theory and performance and understand how historical and cultural contexts shape musical styles and practices. The diversity of our course offerings is reflected in the scope of the musical traditions that we teach, including popular music, jazz, Western classical music, non-Western music traditions, and electronic and computer music. 

Mount Holyoke is an undergraduate liberal arts college with 2,200 students and 220 faculty. Over half the faculty are women; one-fourth are persons of color. Mount Holyoke College is located about 90 miles west of Boston in the Connecticut River valley, and is a member of the Five College Consortium consisting of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts.

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the finalist successfully passing a background (including criminal records) check.

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