Lecturer in Music
University of Southern California
United States

Lecturer in Music

School of Dramatic Arts Faculty Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts (SDA) Musical Theatre Program invites applicants for a Part-Time Adjunct Lecturer in Vocal Performance beginning August 16, 2023 and ending December 31, 2023.


We seek a collaborative, student-centered artist/scholar who can join our dynamic undergraduate Musical Theatre training program dedicated to changing the face of musical theatre training for the 21st Century. We will achieve our mission by cultivating and training the multi-hyphenate artist/scholar/creator/innovator.


The USC School of Dramatic Arts BFA in Musical Theatre Program welcomes and educates performers from all backgrounds and experiences to change the face of musical theatre for the 21st Century. This radically inclusive training program celebrates the rich diversity of our globalized world. The inspiring global mosaic includes race and nationality, ability status, body type, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and many other aspects of human diversity and the various emerging performance platforms to tell these stories. We seek to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible, reflecting the broad diversity of identities and experiences that comprise our world today.


The successful candidate will have the following:

  • At the time of hire, a completed a degree in music, musical theatre, vocal performance, vocal pedagogy, or a related discipline.
  • Experience teaching vocal techniques, emphasizing prudent vocal health and wellness strategies. 
  • Expertise in and comprehensive knowledge of various musical theatre repertoire (including classic and contemporary musical theatre) and general vocal literature.
  • Piano accompaniment skills adequate to facilitate private voice lessons and warmup activities are desirable (an accompanist is provided for students' juries/performances).
  • Commitment to promoting equity for all marginalized groups traditionally not seen in musical theatre. The candidates will have experience with inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogy and can join our school in building a more just, inclusive, and equitable future in the performing arts.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching vocal pedagogy associated with contemporary musical styles.
  • Flexibility in teaching students who may demonstrate various musical abilities, from experienced singers to novice vocalists.



To apply, candidates are asked to provide the following:

  • An application letter indicating interest in the position, detailing how the candidate's teaching, service, and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from underrepresented populations in musical theater. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further the University of Southern California's commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume.
  • A statement of teaching philosophy that includes the candidate's professional interests and ways in which their cultural, professional, and academic background would complement the School of Dramatic Arts.
  • Link to a teaching video of 30 -50 minutes in length.
  • Contact information for three references.


Salary Range:  $70-$80 per hour


The USC School of Dramatic Arts, founded in 1945, is recognized internationally as a leader in theatre education.  The School offers innovative programs and curricula in acting, playwriting, design, critical studies, sound design, stage management and technical direction.  With a faculty of artists working at the highest level of their profession, the School offers BA, BFA and MFA degrees and has an active production program of more than 20 shows with a population of 550 undergraduate and graduate students combined.


The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which comprises the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.


USC and SDA are committed to fostering an inclusive environment that affirms identity, embraces our university's core values of wellness, equity, and civility, and celebrates the unique dimensions of every Trojan.  USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. 


The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.


REQ20134222 Posted Date: 06/29/2023 - Thru date - 2023-07-05

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