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


The College of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University Texas invites applications for a full-time instructional faculty position in Music at the starting rank of Assistant Professor, beginning in August of 2018. The candidate must be able to demonstrate excellence in building musical ensembles, academic teaching, and in developing curriculum for a music education program within the traditional Music major. Applicants must hold or will soon hold a DMA or PhD in conducting or music education, or a related field.


  • Develop and direct a wind ensemble at Concordia, building the ensemble into one that serves the university’s mission and promotes the arts at Concordia.
  • Oversee instrumental performance adjunct faculty for private instruction and other ensembles (strings, jazz, percussion, and other chamber music).
  • Develop and direct the Music Education specialization of the Music major in accordance with national standards and comparable programs, in coordination with the College of Education to facilitate teacher EC-12 All Level Music certification.
  • Maintain an active connection to local and regional high school programs, recruiting students to serve as players in the ensembles as well as music majors.
  • Teach courses in music pedagogy and instrumental music methods, as well as at least one Core music class (Theory, History, or Technology).


  • DMA or PhD in conducting or music education (ABD considered).
  • 3 years of secondary (preferred) or other non-collegiate teaching experience with demonstrated ability to build lead on and off the podium, with some collegiate-level conduction 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.


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 (4+4), which must span at least two academic terms. The successful candidate must possess a commitment to teaching, student learning, and Christian principles. Courses will be assigned in collaboration with the Chair and Dean. A background in music education and directing musical ensembles, procedures, administration, and ethics is required. Experience teaching music at the secondary or elementary level is desirable.  Concordia expects a high level of quality interaction between students and faculty as part of its definition of teaching excellence.

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. All faculty are expected to embrace the distinctives of Lutheran higher education that underpin the university’s commitment to the mission of “developing Christian leaders.”

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. The successful candidate will demonstrate a commitment to research and scholarship compatible with Boyer’s model of scholarship. 


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


Review of applications will begin March 1, 2018 and will continue until a successful candidate is identified. 


Concordia University Texas offers an all-inclusive benefits package to eligible employees. For additional information click here: Benefits

Commitment to the Concordia Mission

Concordia University Texas is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). As a private, faith-based University, employees must be supportive of our mission of Developing Christian Leaders and our spiritual principles and values as a Lutheran institution of higher education. To the extent allowed by law, we reserve the right to give preference in employment based upon religion.

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