Lecturer in Music
University of Southern California
United States

Lecturer in Music

Thornton School of Music Faculty Los Angeles, California

The University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music invites applications for a Part-Time Lecturer in Keyboard Studies to begin on August 16, 2023.  This is a one-semester, fixed term position ending December 31, 2023.  The position is not renewable in subsequent semesters.


Combining the benefits of a world-class conservatory and a leading research university, the USC Thornton School of Music offers students the opportunity to pursue a thorough music education in a real-world context. A new educational model for undergraduates in the Classical Performance & Composition Division, launched in fall 2019, renews Thornton’s commitment to a virtuosic education and asks students to reimagine what it means to be a classical musician in the 21st century. Thornton offers students a full range of musical disciplines across a demanding innovative curriculum, and the opportunity to work with a faculty of national and international renown.   For more information, please visit us at http://music.usc.edu/.


With a student cohort that is largely BIPOC, gender expansive, and with a wide range of ages and experience, the applicant must be adept at teaching, communicating and empathizing with an extraordinarily diverse student population. The University’s commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we encourage applications from candidates who identify with groups that are historically underrepresented in the academy.




Principal duties will include teaching individual instruction in keyboard at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  As currently projected, this position will teach a studio of approximately 6 - 8 students.  The actual teaching load will depend on enrollment and may vary.  Additional duties include participation in department meetings and end-of-semester juries, as needed and requested.   




The ideal candidate will have a record of success in teaching individual studio instruction in keyboard (solo repertoire) at the collegiate or pre-professional level, and demonstrated excellence as a distinguished performer.  

  • Minimum Education:  Bachelor of Music Degree, or Performance Certificate in Keyboard Performance.

  • Minimum Experience:  A record of successful teaching of advanced students, either in a private studio setting or within a university or conservatory.  Consideration may be given for extensive professional experience in lieu of other qualifications, if appropriate.

  • Preferred Education:  Master’s Degree in Keyboard Performance, or closely related field.

  • Preferred Experience:  A record of success as a teacher of conservatory or university-level solo and collaborative keyboard students at the advanced level.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Review of applications will commence in July 2023 and the position will remain open until filled.


The base salary range for this position is $15,000 – $20,000 for the semester, based on the projected enrollment indicated. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the actual number of students assigned to the studio, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.


To Apply


Interested candidates must apply through the USC online system. Candidates are asked to provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and email addresses for three references.  Do not send recordings and other supporting materials unless requested.  Materials will not be returned.


USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting uschr@usc.edu.

REQ20136388 Posted Date: 07/16/2023

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