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Assistant Professor of Music: Director of Instrumental Music and Music Education


Concordia University Texas invites applications for a full-time instructional faculty position in Music at the starting rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in July of 2021. The candidate will demonstrate excellence in building musical communities, in academic teaching, and in developing curriculum for a music education program within the traditional Music major.


  • This instructional faculty position has an expected annual teaching load of 30 load hours in music (24 instructional hours plus 6 in service). This position will teach courses in music pedagogy and instrumental music methods, as well as at least one Core music class (Written or Aural Theory, History, or Technology).
  • As approximately half of the faculty member’s load, this position will direct a wind ensemble at Concordia and associated small ensembles, oversee instrumental performance adjunct faculty for private instruction and additional ensembles (strings, jazz, percussion, and other chamber music), and direct the Music Education specialization of the Music major in accordance with national standards and comparable programs.
  • In conversation with the chair of Music, this faculty member will supervise the recruiting process of the Music major, assist in scheduling auditions, and consult on the scholarship process for incoming Music majors.
  • The faculty member will coordinate with the College of Education to facilitate teacher EC-12 All Level Music certification.
  • This position requires an active connection to local and regional high school and other educational programs, recruiting students to serve as players in the ensembles as well as music majors.
  • Faculty member will advise and support Music majors within the Music Education degree plan, serve on university committees, attend Division, College, and Faculty meetings; and participate in commencement ceremonies and other official events of the institution.


  • A MM in conducting or equivalent degree in Music Education is required. A DMA or PhD is preferred.
  • 3 years of secondary or other non-collegiate teaching experience with demonstrated ability to build lead on and off the podium, with some collegiate-level conducting strongly preferred.
  • A passion for engaging students of a variety of ability levels, and an ability to build excellence in beginning ensembles as well as professional-quality players.
  • Certified in (or highly familiar with) the Texas EC-12 All-Level Music certification, and a knowledge of the TEKS and other requirements for Texas teachers.
  • A thorough knowledge of current research in music pedagogy.
  • A demonstrated and active Christian faith.


This position is a regular, full-time instructional faculty position that will be hired into an Initial Level term contract (normally starting with a 2-year term). Thereafter, faculty are eligible for consideration for a modified tenure level appointment and will be assigned the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, depending upon credentials and experience and eligibility for advancement in rank. Advancement requires a completed terminal degree (DMA or PhD).

This instructional faculty position has an expected annual teaching load of 24 load hours, which must span at least two academic terms. The successful candidate must possess a commitment to teaching and student learning and be a practicing Christian.

All faculty are expected to embrace the distinctives of Lutheran higher education that guide the university’s mission to empower students of all backgrounds to live lives of critical thought, compassionate action, and courageous leadership.

Full-time faculty are expected to communicate regularly with other instructors; serve on university committees; attend School, College, and Faculty meetings; advise and interact with students; and participate in commencement ceremonies and other official events of the institution. Faculty members are expected to continually work to enrich their teaching strategies and be available for development and administrative projects during the summer. Full-time faculty are expected to maintain effective academic advising and regular office hours and are expected to be an active member of the university community, which includes attendance and participation in students’ extracurricular events such as concerts, athletic events, art shows, etc.

In addition to the required teaching load, 6 equivalent load hours of service are expected annually, 2 load hours each in: scholarship and professional development, faculty service, and service to the University.


Review of applications will begin March 15, 2021 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified.


Salary depends upon rank, credentials, and experience and is competitive with similar institutions.

Commitment to the Concordia Mission

Concordia University Texas is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. Concordia University Texas empowers students of all backgrounds to lead lives of critical thought, compassionate action and courageous leadership. As a liberal arts university, Concordia develops the mind, heart, soul, and body, preparing leaders for lives of service. As a private, faith-based university, employees must be supportive of our mission. We actively seek candidates who have professional skills, experience, and willingness to strengthen campus diversity, equity, and inclusion in support of our mission as an institution and our strategic plan. To the extent allowed by law, we reserve the right to give preference in employment based upon religion. Concordia does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, and any other basis protected by law.

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