Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition
University of California Berkeley Department of Music
United States

Lecturer in Music Theory and Composition - Department of Music

Job #JPF02600
  • College of Letters & Science - Arts & Humanities - Music

Recruitment Period

Open date: May 8th, 2020

Next review date: Friday, May 22, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley, is generating an applicant pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach a range of theory and composition courses in the Music Department during the fall, spring and/or summer sessions.

These courses include, but not limited to the following:

• 20A Musicianship I
• 25 Music Theory II
• 52A Musicianship
• 52B Musicianship
• 53A Harmony I
• 53B Harmony II
• 152A Advanced Musicianship I
• 152B Advanced Musicianship II
• 153A Advanced Tonal Harmony I
• 153B Advanced Tonal Harmony II
• 154A Counterpoint
• 154B Counterpoint
• 155 Music Composition
• 156 Studies in Musical Analysis
• 157A Orchestration
• 157B Orchestration

Music 20A, Basic Musicianship I: Fundamentals of music, including notation, sight singing, ear training, and beginning linear analysis. For general students.

Music 25, Introduction to Music Theory: A writing course based on traditional harmony. Beginning linear and vertical analysis. Emphasis on written exercises.

Music 52A, Musicianship I: Diatonic sight singing, ear training, and keyboard harmony.

Music 52B, Musicianship II: Continuation of diatonic sight singing and ear training, introduction to chromatic sight singing, ear training, keyboard harmony, and score reading.

Music 53A , Harmony I: Diatonic harmony, chorale harmonization, and analytical studies. Emphasis on written exercises.

Music 53B, , Harmony II: Introduction to chromatic harmony and analytical studies. Emphasis on written exercises.

Music 153A, Advanced Tonal Harmony I: Advanced chromatic harmony, advanced modulation, altered chords, linear chromatic harmony, and analytical studies.

Music 153B, Advanced Tonal Harmony II: Materials and techniques of 20th-century music.

Music 154A, Counterpoint: A study of species counterpoint. Regular exercises in two and three voices required. Group discussion and analysis.

Music 154B, Counterpoint: A study of 18th-century counterpoint. Analysis of chorale preludes, two- and three-part inventions, canons, and fugue expositions.

Music 155, Music Composition: A study of formal problems using contemporary composition techniques.

Music 156, Studies in Musical Analysis: The study of various analytical techniques and their application to important works of music.

Music 157A,Orchestration: A study of instrumentation--the construction capabilities and idiomatic qualities of all of the individual instruments which comprise the contemporary symphony orchestra followed by a study of the 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century orchestrational technique.

Music 157B, Orchestration: A study of instrumentation--the construction capabilities and idiomatic qualities of all of the individual instruments which comprise the contemporary symphony orchestra followed by a study of the 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century orchestrational technique.

In addition to teaching responsibilities, general duties include office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and interacting with students outside of class time via email and/or bCourses. Some courses may require supervision of discussion sections taught by graduate students

Minimum Basic Qualifications Required by time of application: MA (or international equivalent degree), by the time of application.

Additional Qualifications by start date: One year of teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications by start date: PhD (or international equivalent degree) in music theory or music composition, and experience with teaching in a university setting, in subject matter, are preferred.

Annual, Full-time Salary: $56,381-$62,232; commensurate with experience. Appointments range from 33% to 100% time.

Please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02600

References: Letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Appointments for fall semester are usually reviewed in April, spring semester in October, and summer sessions in March.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

We are not able to sponsor visas or pay for costs associated with visas, and pay for any moving expenses.

Please direct questions to Kris Andrews, Academic HR Analyst, at musichr@berkeley.edu, Department of Music, 104 Morrison Hall #1200, Berkeley, CA 94720-1200.

The Department seeks candidates whose teaching, performance and service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion and to increasing the participation of individuals from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.

The University of California 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, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Job location

Berkeley, CA

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More information about this recruitment: http://music.berkeley.edu/


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to https://ofew.berkeley.edu/recruitment/contributions-diversity).
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