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Searches for academic positions in Percussion in 2016-17. This page is for jobs that begin in 2017.

This wiki welcomes postings about collegiate percussion jobs from institutions around the world, including but not limited to: full-time tenure track faculty, non-tenure track full-time university faculty, lecturer positions, and part-time/adjunct work at colleges and universities.


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Schools with Accepted OffersEdit

Format for this section:

University: Name (Current Position [if applicable], DMA-GRANTING INSTITUTION, and year, if known)

University of Texas-San Antonio: Jonathan Tirado (Marching Percussion Specialist)

Jobs for 2017Edit

Lebanon Valley College: Adjunct Instructor of Drumset (Deadline: 01 November 2016)Edit

  • The Department of Music at Lebanon Valley College seeks an adjunct instructor of drum set. The successful candidate will teach individual lessons in drum set styles and techniques. *Responsibilities include: develop appropriate course syllabi, teach 30- or 60-minute weekly drum set lessons to undergraduate students (music majors and non-majors), prepare select students for recitals, work in conjunction with jazz ensemble directors on repertoire, and participate in biannual teaching evaluations (juries).
  • Qualifications include a master's degree in music or equivalent professional experience; college-level teaching experience; extensive live and/or recording performance experience; and knowledge of jazz, pop/rock, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban genres are required. Not required, but preferred is the ability to teach hand drums, Latin percussion, and tabla.
  • Application Instructions: For best consideration, a cover letter should address the candidate's general qualifications for the position. The application should include a curriculum vitae (resume and selected discography), evidence of successful teaching experience as a private studio instructor of drum set, and evidence of successful performance experience (links to video). The application must be accompanied by two letters of support, a statement on teaching philosophy, and unofficial academic transcripts. Applications should be submitted through Interfolio by November 1, 2016.

University of Central Florida: Assistant Professor, Jazz Studies (Drumset) (Deadline: 12 January 2017)Edit

  • The School of Performing Arts is seeking a world class artist/scholar to join the nascent jazz studies program at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The position will entail recruiting and teaching jazz drum set students, the drum set master class, and teaching the Music Business and Industry course, serving the jazz studies and entertainment management degree programs. The successful candidate will possess a background as a highly established jazz drum set performer and have active empirical experience in current industry trends.
  • Position Minimum Qualifications: Significant professional performance experience as a jazz drum set artist that demonstrates a clear capacity for academic advancement commensurate with a tenure-earning position. Master’s degree in music from an accredited institution and significant professional experience as a recording and performing jazz musician. A demonstrated ability to utilize empirical experience and entrepreneurial expertise to teach the Music Business and Industry Course.
  • Preferences: Doctorate in music from an accredited institution. The ability to teach additional coursework in jazz studies including jazz chamber groups, styles and analysis, jazz theory, or other jazz related courses. Acumen with online instruction for the possibility of teaching the Music Business and Industry course online or in mixed mode. Evidence of success at university-level teaching, recruiting and mentoring. We are especially interested in a candidate who can contribute through their teaching, performing, recruiting, and service to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at UCF.
  • Additional Application Materials Required: The university requires that all candidates apply at In addition to the online application, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three current letters of recommendation, and the names and contact information of three current professional references. The selected candidate will need to provide official transcripts.
  • Note: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit at a later date.
  • Candidates must also send current recordings in CD, DVD format, or via an online platform. Materials will not be returned and become property of the university. Send recordings or any search related questions to: Professor Jeff Rupert, Chair, Jazz Drum Set Search, University of Central Florida, Department of Music, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL 32816-1354 or For full consideration submit a complete application and materials by January 12, 2017.

University of North Texas: Assistant/Associate Professor in Jazz Drumset (Deadline: 15 October 2016)Edit

  • System Identification Number: 6001292
  • Department: Jazz Studies (134330)
  • College/School: College of Music
  • Rank/Title: Open Rank (Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor)
  • Hiring at Full Professor is dependent on sufficient funding.
  • Job Summary/Basic Function: Teach jazz drumset lessons and rhythm section master class. Maintain a national profile as a jazz drumset performer. Recruit and retain highly qualified students. Collaborate with percussion area.
  • Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in relevant field of music; professional experience may be considered in place of earned degrees. Documented experience and accomplishments as jazz drummer in the context of small group and big band. Documented excellence in the teaching of rhythmic improvisation in a variety of styles, historically and musically.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Doctoral degree in relevant field of music desirable; professional experience may be considered in place of earned degrees.
  • Area of Specialty: Jazz Drumset
  • Position Type: Faculty
  • Tenure Status: Tenure Track
  • Appointment Basis: 9 Months
  • Review of Applications Begins: 10-15-2016
  • Required Applicant Documents: Curriculum Vita, Cover Letter, List of Names and Contact Information of Three References
  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Prepare a representative collection of samples of your work in audio or video and contact the search chair at to arrange to send it electronically.

University of Texas at San Antonio: Music Specialist - Percussion (Deadline: Open until filled, posted 02 August 2016)Edit

  • Title of Position: Music Specialist - Percussion
  • Requisition Number: BES20160429P
  • Position Type: This is a Classified, benefits eligible, position.
  • Hours per week: 40
  • Recruiting Rate: $35,000/Annualized
  • Beginning Salary Flexibility: Yes
  • Required Education: Bachelor's Degree
  • Preferred Education: Master's Degree
  • Field of Study: Prefer Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Music.
  • Experience and Other Skills Required: Two years professional experience arranging and teaching high school or college band students and/or drum & bugle corps. Strong analysis, assessment/evaluation, and organizational skills. Strong verbal and written communication skills. Strong problem identification and resolution skills.
  • Other Skills Preferred: Three or more years professional experience arranging and teaching high school or college band students and/or drum & bugle corps. Extensive experience composing/writing and teaching clinics in pursuit of maintaining an active performing career and/or program of appropriate research/creative activity.
  • Description of Job Duties: Coordinate, arrange for, and rehearse percussion section UTSA “Spirit of San Antonio” marching band. Develop spring performing ensemble and UTSA Drum line. Assist with concert percussion sectionals as assigned. Work with and recruit undergraduate and graduate percussion students as needed. Assist with percussion studio activities as assigned. Assist with administrative needs and logistics of athletic ensembles. Serve on committees and engage in other appropriate activities to develop marching band presence within university. Perform additional duties as assigned.
  • Posting Open Date: 08/02/2016
  • Open Until Filled: Yes

University of Toronto: Associate Professor of Percussion (Deadline: 28 November 2016)Edit

  • Associate Professor - Percussion - 1601499
  • Job Field: Tenure Stream
  • Faculty / Division: Faculty of Music
  • Department: Faculty of Music
  • Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
  • Job Posting: Oct 21, 2016
  • Job Closing: Nov 28, 2016 Open Until Filled.
  • Description: The Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time, tenure-stream position at the rank of Associate Professor in the area of Percussion beginning July 1, 2017.
  • Applicants must have experience and demonstrated excellence in working with percussionists at the undergraduate and graduate levels as well as a superior performing profile. Excellence in research is required as demonstrated by evidence of solo performances in major venues, collaborations with major artists and ensembles, public presence through broadcasts and recordings, recognition through critical reception, positive reviews and arts grant support, as well as strong endorsements by referees of high international standing. The successful candidate will also have expertise in at least one complementary area, such as chamber music, orchestral performance, contemporary music, world music, improvisation, and music production. Teaching excellence will be demonstrated through experience with individual studio lessons, chamber music coaching, and masterclass teaching; classroom teaching experience is desirable. The successful candidate will be expected to take the lead role in the administration of the percussion area. A DMA or comparable professional performance experience is required by the time of appointment. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy), a statement outlining current and future research interests, and samples of work. All application materials should be submitted online. If you have questions about this position or the application process, please contact Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF or MS Word format.
  • Applicants should also ask three referees to send signed letters on letterhead directly to the search committee via email to: Prof. Ryan McClelland, Search Committee Chair and Acting Dean, Faculty of Music, by the closing date of November 28, 2016.
  • Review of applications will begin after November 28, 2016, and the position will remain open until filled

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania: Percussion Specialist (Open Until Filled)Edit

  • Job Posting: Oct 28, 2016
  • Part-time, temporary position for the 2017 Spring term
  • Responsibilities include teaching applied percussion lessons and/or ensembles as assigned
  • Minimum requirements include a Masters in Music, Music Performance, or related field. Successful interview and demonstration of teaching & performance ability will be required.
  • Review of applications to begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Application materials include letter of application, current resume, transcripts (copies accepted), and list of at least three references.
  • Send all materials to: Percussion Search Committee, Department of Music, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA  19530
  • Electronic submissions may be send to with "Percussion Search - Applicant's Last Name" as subject.

Western Carolina University: Assistant Professor of Percussion (Deadline: Open until filled, posted 28 November 2016)Edit

  • Posting Number: FAC129P
  • Working Title: Assistant Professor of Percussion #000770
  • Department: School of Music
  • Position Summary: This position is tenure track at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 1, 2017. This position will teach applied studio percussion lessons; percussion methods course; direct university percussion ensembles; oversee the percussion equipment needs of the School of Music in terms of purchasing and maintenance of a large inventory of equipment; maintain a quality studio. Non-instructional duties such as recruiting, advising students, committee participation, and other tasks may be assigned by the department head commensurate with the abilities of the faculty and the needs of the department.
  • Minimum Qualifications: Terminal degree must be in hand by July 1, 2018. University teaching experience required. Individual should be an active solo and/or chamber performing artist.
  • Preferred Qualifications: A DMA in percussion performance is preferred. ABD will be considered.
  • Performance credentials and scholarly performance agenda should include orchestral or classical percussion, and/or contemporary art music, as well as varied stylistically based engagements such as world music and drum set. We are very interested in the individual having a comprehensive and holistic approach to the percussive arts, realizing that the modern percussion performer and educator is expected to have exceptional knowledge in multiple genres.
  • The individual should have knowledge of the percussion ensemble literature from an historical/scholarly perspective, as well as contemporary and forward thinking percussion ensemble repertoire as this art form continues to grow in the 21st Century. Engagement in scholarship, departmental, institutional, and regional service will be required.
  • Position Type: Permanent Full-Time
  • Number of Months Per Year: 9
  • Open Date: 11/28/2016
  • Open Until Filled: Yes
  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Application must be made online. Please submit the following with your application, Cover Letter, Vita, three (3) Reference Letters, three (3) Hard Copy Programs of personal performances, three (3) Hard Copy Programs of ensemble conducting performances, three (3) Youtube Links to Personal Performances and three (3) Youtube Links to Ensemble Conducting Performances. For more information please contact Matt Henley, Percussion Chair at or 828-227-2998.

University of Central Missouri: Assistant Professor in Music - Percussion (Deadline: Open until filled, review begins 15 January 2017)Edit

  • Position Number: 998379
  • Working Title: Assistant Professor in Music - Percussion
  • Department: 220610-Music Department
  • Position Type: Permanent Full-time
  • Position Summary: Percussion Artist/Teacher: Teach all levels of applied percussion, marching percussion, drum set, percussion methods classes, and percussion literature and pedagogy. Coordinate all percussion studio activities, with a strong emphasis on recruiting. Assist with the marching band. Teach a secondary area, depending on candidate’s strengths and interests as well as the department’s needs.
  • Education & Formal Training: Completed doctorate in percussion preferred. ABD with specific completion date will be considered.
  • Experience: Evidence of a high level of performance and successful teaching at the collegiate level. Experience with marching percussion including writing, preparation, and teaching of all battery and front ensemble percussion arrangements. The candidate is expected to continue an active performing career both at and beyond UCM. Candidates should have an established national reputation for performance, or show clear indications of developing such a reputation.
  • Special Skills & Knowledge: Attention to detail, Communication skills, including oral, written, and/or nonverbal, Knowledge of a University environment preferred, Human Relations/Interpersonal skills, Leadership skills: organization/meeting facilitation/project leadership, Supervisory skills, including motivation, delegation of duties, evaluation, etc, Management and/or administration skills, Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and meet deadlines, Maintain confidentiality.
  • Application Process: Note: A background check is required for the selected candidate of this position and any job offer is contingent on the results of this check. Candidates must complete an on-line faculty profile found at and apply to position 998379. Candidates should submit (1) a cover letter (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts; and (4) include on faculty profile the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of a minimum of three professional references. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts showing degree completions will be required later in the search process. Additional supporting materials, such as performance video, letters of reference, may be requested at a later time.
  • Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2017 and continues until the position is filled. The desired starting date for this appointment is August 14, 2017. Direct inquiries regarding this position to: Dr. David Aaberg, Percussion Search Committee Chair: . For information about the on-line application process contact Human Resources at or (660)543-4255. UCM requires that all faculty applicants complete the on-line faculty profile. All documents requested must be attached to the profile at the time of application. Only completed faculty profiles with attached documents will be accepted for this position.The University of Central Missouri is an AA/EEO/ADA employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Winston-Salem State University - Music, Adjunct Faculty: Percussion (Deadline: Open until filled, review begins 16 December 2016)Edit

  • Position number: CA9001
  • Working title: Music, Adjunct Faculty
  • Appointment type: Temporary (4-6 months)
  • Primary purpose of the position: To teach all percussion instruments to all undergraduate students. Direct Percussion Ensemble and to teach percussion techniques course for music education majors, and other duties as assigned by Department of Music Chair.
  • Primary function of organizational unit: The music program offers a broad range of learning experiences inside and outside the classroom to diverse students. Our music curriculum prepares students to meet opportunities in an evolving global marketplace critically, creatively, and/or artistically. Program completion will lead to careers as well as advanced studies in music and/or other disciplines.
  • Minimum experience/education: Master’s degree from an accredited institution. A Doctorate in Music is preferred. Must have at least 2 to 3 years of experience in related field.
  • Preferred experience/education: Master’s degree required. Doctorate preferred. Evidence of 2 years successful teaching at the university level. An outstanding performer on all percussion instruments.
  • Department-required skills: The department also provides instruction in music to students majoring in other disciplines as part of the university’s general education requirements and in an effort to promote the study and enjoyment of music as necessary for healthy and enriched living. Instruction is provided by faculty committed to teaching effectiveness, scholarship, and service toward the enhancement of the artistic and cultural life of the university and the greater community.
  • Primary responsibilities and duties: This position requires the ability to teach undergraduate percussion instruments to all interested students. Must be able to teach percussion class to Music Education majors. Must be able to teach other courses as assigned by the Department of Music Chair. Candidate must be responsible for timely submission of mid-term and end of semester grades.
  • Special Instructions: Please Note: A criminal background check will be conducted on candidate finalist prior to the offer of employment. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing an electronic application. The application must be competed in full detail (including work history) for your qualifications to be considered.

    Failure to complete the application completely may result in you not being considered for the vacant position.

Your application for the position will not be complete until you receive an online confirmation number at the end of the process of applying for a position.

Winston-Salem State University is dedicated to providing equal opportunity in admissions and employment based on merit, and without discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, according to state and federal laws. Individuals desiring disability accommodations in the application and search process should contact Mrs. Myra Waddell at 336-750-8658 or

  • Application documents required: Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, Letter of Recommendation

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