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For Music Theory and Composition jobs that begin in 2018.

Last year's page, for jobs that start in 2017: Music Theory/Composition 2016–2017

Music Theory/Composition 2016-17 (2 years ago)

Music Theory/Composition 2015-16 (3 years ago)

Music Theory/Composition 2014-15 (4 years ago)


See also: Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2017-18


RECENT ACTIVITY on the Music Theory/Composition WikiEdit

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Theory OnlyEdit

Christopher Newport University (deadline 10/27) Assistant Professor of Music (Music Theory)

Elon University (deadline 12/1) Assistant Professor, Music (Music Theory)

Indiana University (deadline 10/2) Assistant Professor, Music (Music Theory)

New York University (deadline 11/15, but review begins immediately) Assistant Professor of Music Theory, non-tenure track

Northwestern University (deadline 9/15) Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Music Theory and Cognition

  • Does anyone know why this position is available? Are they expanding or has someone retired?
  • Someone is retiring in the program. 
  • The position was changed to open rank on 1 September.
  • 9/1 Changed the above link to point to the updated position description on the Northwestern website.

Raritan Valley Community College (open until filled, posted 10/5) Adjunct Instructor, Music Theory/Musicianship (Spring 2018)

Stetson University (deadline 10/15) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

SUNY Albany (deadline 12/31) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

University of Alabama (deadline 10/16) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

University of Delaware (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

University of Northern Colorado (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley (deadline 1/8) Assistant Professor in Music Theory

Wabash College (review begins immediately, posted 6/7) Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor of Music Theory (part-time, Spring 2018)

  • 10/16 Offered and accepted, Chris Renk, D.M. Indiana University.

Theory/Performance, etc.Edit

Coventry University (deadline 11/9) Senior Lecturer in Music

  • "Successful candidates will undertake teaching assessment and delivery within our BA Music course. A particular focus on new, emerging and innovative forms of music practice and theory across a range of areas such as composition, performance, pedagogy, and musicology."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2017-18.

NUI Galway (deadline 8/10) Senior Lecturer in Music

  • "The Senior Lecturer must have an ability and willingness to provide teaching in at least two of the areas required by Ireland’s Teaching Council: Instrumental and/or Vocal Performance; Harmony; Composition; Aural, Basic Keyboard and Music Technology Skills; Western Art Music and/or Irish Traditional Music"
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2017-18.

National Sun Yat-sen University (deadline 8/31) Full-time Faculty in Music

Rochester Institute of Technology (deadline 8/21) Assistant Professor, Music Studies

  • "DMA or PhD. in Music Studies, completed prior to date of hire. Significant prior teaching experience at the college level. Research interests in music theory, music history and practice, pedagogy and new trends. College level orchestral directing experience. A willingness to collaborate with music related initiatives across the institute including IGM (Interactive Games and Media) and composing for media classes at CIAS (College of Imaging Arts & Sciences) ... "
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2017-18.

Saint Anselm College (deadline 10/1) Assistant Professor in Music

  • "Primary teaching responsibilities will depend on the candidate’s area of expertise, but could include introductory music courses, music history and theory sequence (including aural skills), individual music lessons, Computer Music, World Music, and interdisciplinary seminars for non-majors."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2017-18.

Stony Brook University (deadline 11/3) Tenured or Tenure-Track Position in Music History/Theory/Ethnomusicology

  • "We have a particular interest in applicants whose research specialties intersect with one or more of these areas: music before 1600, gender and sexuality, critical race studies, or digital and new media practices. Candidates must hold a Ph.D, or have advanced ABD status, in Music History, Theory, or Ethnomusicology, and should be well-versed in both historical and theoretical domains."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2017-18.

Western Illinois University (deadline 11/1) Music Assistant Professor, Theory/Class Piano

  • "RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach written and/or aural theory and class piano. Additional teaching assignments dependent upon qualifications and departmental need."
  • Also posted at Piano 2017-18.


Theory/Composition, etc.Edit

Columbia University (deadline 10/10) Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow/Lecturer

Gonzaga University (deadline 11/1) Assistant Professor, Music

Longy School of Music (review begins immediately, posted 10/5) Chair, Composition and Theory Department (part-time)

Williams College (deadline 11/3) Visiting Assistant Professor in Composition and Music Theory

Western Illinois University (deadline 11/1) Music Assistant Professor, Theory/Composition

Texas Tech University (deadline 11/10) Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory (full-time, tenure track) - link coming soon

Texas Tech University (no deadline listed, posted 10/10/17) Associate Professor of Composition

  • As of 10/18 I can't find this posting on the Texas Tech job site anymore.

Composition OnlyEdit

Berklee College of Music (deadline 10/2) Full-time Faculty, Composition Department

Colgate University (deadline 10/21) Assistant Professor of Composition

Knox College (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor of Music Composition

Harvard University (deadline 11/17) Assistant Professor in Composition

Louisiana State University (deadline 11/15) Assistant/Associate Professor - Composition

Penn State University (review begins immediately, posted 9/21) Interim Instructor in Music Composition (Spring 2018)

Stanford University (deadline 10/1) Assistant Professor of Composition

  • (10/17) Request for additional materials

University of Chicago (deadline 11/15) CCCC 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Music Composition

University of Liverpool (deadline 8/31) Lecturer in Composition Grade 7 (0.25 fte)

University of Missouri (no deadline listed, posted 10/17) Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Assistant Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative

University of Northern Colorado (deadline 10/1) Assistant Professor of Jazz Composition

Valparaiso University (deadline 12/11) Assistant Professor of Music (Theory/Composition)

Composition/Music TechnologyEdit

California State University, East Bay (deadline 10/2) Assistant Professor of Music (Musicianship/Composition/Technology)

Carleton College (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor of Music (Composition/Music Technology)

Colorado College (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor, Music Technology

Massey University (deadline 8/23) Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Music Technology

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (deadline 8/6) Lecturer in Music (Interactive Composition)

MIT (deadline 12/1) Assistant Professor - Design and Arts

  • "The Media Lab welcomes applications from candidates interested in establishing research programs in: music, performance, arts, design, food, fashion, architecture, games, narratives, experiences (healing, transformational, connective, etc.), things we have not thought of, or any combination thereof."

Montclair State University (open until filled, posted 8/28) Assistant Professor of Music Technology

New College of Florida (deadline 11/1) Assistant Professor of Digital Media Arts

The New School (no deadline listed, posted 8/25) Assistant Professor of Music Technology (non-tenure track)

New York University (deadline 12/1, but review begins immediately) Assistant Professor of Music Technology

Northeastern University (deadline 11/03) Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, Music Technology

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (deadline 9/1) Associate Professor in Music Technology

Ulster University (deadline 9/8) Lecturer in Music

  • "The postholder will undertake teaching, research, and administrative duties across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, with particular responsibilities in Community Music. S/he will have an additional specialism in at least one of the following: Music Technology, Musicology, Music Psychology, Composition, Performance."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2017-18.

University of California, Berkeley (deadline 11/20) Assistant Professor - Music Technology

University of Edinburgh (deadline 9/25) Teaching Fellow in Music - Sound and Algorithmic Composition

University of Wolverhampton (deadline 8/17) Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Music Technology (.5 FTE)

Wabash College (review begins immediately, posted 6/7) Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor of Electronic Music (part-time, Spring 2018)

  • 10/16 Offered and accepted, Chris Renk, D.M. Indiana University.

General DiscussionEdit

  • 8/10: In case anyone is wanting to keep track there's a music administration wiki now as well.
  • 8/13: Question: is there a collated list of music fields with a jobs Wiki?
  • 8/14: The most complete list is here (all disciplines): Application Year 2017-18. For music, there are wikis for Theory/Composition, Musicology/Ethnomusicology, Piano, and now Music Administration. Last year there was a Percussion wiki but it didn't get used much and I'm not sure if it will continue into this year.
  • 9/25: Question: Can we add a counter like the Musicology Job Wiki for demographics?
  • 9/25: Done - added below. Please add any other categories that you would find useful to track. -5120j
  • 9/26: Could guidelines be given for what counts as "a recent PhD"?
  • 9/27: The musicology wiki has never spelled this out specifically so I'm not sure ... maybe, degree granted within the last three academic years? -5120j
  • 10/5: I've updated the counter to distinguish between DMAs and PhDs. You may need to change your response if you assumed "PhD" included all doctorates.
  • 10/6: From the moderator: Since there is no way that all 30-something people who have already voted are going to come back and update their votes, I've changed the wording to show that "PhD" included/includes both PhDs and DMAs. For next year's hiring cycle, I will separate out the degrees from the beginning, but for this year, trying to change it at this point will render the numbers meaningless. -5120j

School-Specific DiscussionEdit

  • 8/24 I removed the listing for Pacific Lutheran University (Assistant Professor & Director of Jazz Studies) as it is outside the scope of this wiki. If anyone is interested, here is the job (deadline 11/1): Pacific Lutheran University
  • 8/24 (2) I wouldn't presume to do it myself, but perhaps an "Etc." category by itself is in order. I'm thinking of jobs that have tangential requirements for either theory or composition in the descriptions. The job above, with expertise in jazz theory/history among the desired interests, would then apply. 
  • 8/25 I do already post some jobs like this under "Theory/Performance, Etc." My rule of thumb is that the job has to require that the applicant has a degree in either Music Theory or Composition. If the job requires that the applicant have a degree in something else (Jazz, in the current example) with Music Theory or Composition as a secondary area (like as a doctoral minor field), I don't post it, since I believe that the primary audience for this wiki is people who hold a PhD or DMA in the two areas mentioned in the title (Music Theory and Composition). If I'm incorrect about the wiki audience and there is interest in tracking jobs where music theory and/or composition are more secondary - where the primary degree required is in performance or something else - I'm willing to change the current policy. But the number of jobs eligible for posting at that point will increase exponentially. Personally I think the wiki is more useful when its scope is kept narrowly defined. -5120j (moderator)


Wiki CounterEdit

  • Check all that apply

I am a theorist: 17

I am a composer: 19

I am a little of both: 8

I am currently in a TT position: 12

I am currently in a VAP/Lecturer position: 7

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and on the market:

I am currently adjuncting and on the market: 9

I am a recent PhD/DMA and on the market: 9

I am a no-longer-so-recent PhD/DMA and on the market: 11

I was denied tenure and am back on the market:

I am a senior tenured scholar looking for a better position:

I am a tenured or tenure-track professor whose position has been cut:

I am working outside of the academy: 7

I am ABD and on the market: 11

I am ABD and no longer on the market:

I am not on the market but am an interested observer: 5

I am a member of a search committee: 1

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