Adjunct Faculty, Music Theory

Job description

With approximately 300 music majors, The University of Denvers Lamont School of Music in The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a highly selective and nationally renowned music program. An accredited institutional member of NASM, Lamont is distinguished by an exceptionally talented and diverse student body as well as a faculty recognized nationally and internationally who tour, record, perform, publish, present scholarly work, and compose at the highest professional levels. Residing in the acclaimed Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the music program offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Jazz Studies, Composition, and Recording and Production; Master of Music degrees in Performance, Composition, Conducting, and Pedagogy; Master of Arts degrees in Music Theory and Musicology; and other certificates and Artist Diplomas.

The culturally vibrant city of Denver is located in the beautiful Front Range region of the Rocky Mountains. With a metropolitan population of more than 2 million, it has a robust and diverse arts community that boasts outstanding professional ensembles across all music genres. Denver is within easy driving distance to festivals in Aspen, Breckenridge, Vail, Steamboat Springs, and others. For a more detailed description of the school as well as a listing of events, performances, and recordings visit

Position Summary

The Lamont School of Music seeks adjunct faculty for Academic Year 2021-2022 to teach one section of a graduate review course in Music Theory, two sections of first-year Music Theory in Fall quarter 2021, and two sections of first-year Music Theory in Spring quarter 2022. Graduate Music Theory Review will be eight meetings during the Fall quarter, tentatively Tuesdays 6:00-7:50 p.m. Music Theory I will be Fall and Spring quarters on Tuesdays/Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 12 noon.

Essential Functions

  • Teaching and grading.
  • Maintain office hours, supervise Graduate Teaching Assistants for Theory I.
  • Courses may be split between different instructors depending upon scheduling and expertise.
  • Teaching is expected to be in person, with the exception of potential tightened COVID restrictions that may result in online or hybrid instruction.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to teach undergraduate and graduate music majors.
  • Awareness and demonstrated competence in contemporary approaches to music theory pedagogy.

Required Qualifications

  • Masters degree in Music Theory or Composition.
  • Prior teaching experience at the university level, graduate student teaching included.
  • Experience and knowledge with music pedagogical technology and the Canvas online learning platform.

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD or ABD in Music Theory or Composition.
  • 2-4 years of successful teaching experience at the university level, graduate student teaching included.

Course Rate

Graduate Music Theory Review Course $2,500

Music Theory 1 $2,116.50 per section (total of four sections)

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidates sex or any other protected status.


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Application Deadline

For best consideration, applications should be submitted by June 28, 2021.

For full consideration, please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover letter speaking to your qualifications for the position
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A sample syllabus or syllabi; the committee may ask for access to online course materials later.
  4. One-page statement about your experience with and commitment to inclusive excellence. Explain how you can contribute to DUs values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusivity, and how you can work effectively with ethnically and racially diverse populations.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 493857
Posted: 6/4/2021
Application Due: 8/3/2021
Work Type: Full Time
Salary: Negotiable