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Searches for academic positions in Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and Collaborative Piano in 2016-17. This page is for jobs that begin in 2017.

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

Jobs for 2017Edit

Baylor University: Lecturer in Piano (Deadline: 20 October 2016)Edit

  • Type: Non tenure track
  • Salary: Commensurate with experience
  • Employment Type: Full-time
  • Responsibilities: Teach class piano for music majors; teach applied lessons to secondary piano students; perform as soloist and collaborative artist for faculty recitals; participate in the musical and academic life of the School of Music; and perform other duties, as determined by departmental needs.
  • Qualifications: Doctorate preferred; master’s degree required; experience in studio and group teaching at the collegiate level; accomplished solo and collaborative performer.
  • Rank and salary: Appointment at Lecturer rank; full-time, continuing annual appointment based on merit; promotion to Senior Lecturer rank possible in six years; salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Application procedures: Review of applications will begin on October 20, 2016, and continue until the position is filled. Email a letter of application, curriculum vitae, complete transcripts of academic work, and three current letters of recommendation, but please do not send audio recordings or videos of teaching until requested. Application materials should be sent, via email, to:
  • To learn more about this position, you are invited to visit:

Berklee College of Music: Chair of Piano Department (Deadline: Open until filled)Edit

  • Tracking Code: 988-215
  • Job Description: Berklee College of Music invites nominations and applications for the position of Piano Department Chair. Located in Boston, Massachusetts, Berklee is the world's largest independent music college and the premier institution for the study of contemporary music. The Berklee community consists of 4,500 talented and diverse students, 630 internationally respected faculty, over 500 dedicated staff, and an extended family of alumni, whose numerous Grammy awards testify to their contributions to the music of our time.
  • The Piano Department includes 50 faculty providing private lessons, lab instruction and basic keyboard classes to over 1,000 Berklee students. Departmental curriculum for piano and performance supports developing good technique and an awareness of performance health. Also included is intensive training in reading and interpreting music from both a traditionally notated score and a chord-symbol notated lead sheet. Special focus is placed upon stylistic interpretation, improvisational skills, and overall performance skills as applied to contemporary musical styles. An ideal candidate is well versed in both the classical and jazz tradition.
  • The candidate should be an excellent pianist, experienced educator and effective administrator with a background of successful employment in a collegiate setting. Thorough understanding of all contemporary musical styles and national recognition as a musician are essential. A Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience is required.
  • Responsibilities : Work with the Assistant Chair to manage the following responsibilities
faculty supervision, evaluation, and development
faculty scheduling and advising
student advising
supervision of the administrative assistant and coordination of his/her duties
management of department budget and facilities
management of department concerts and clinics
supervision of the department’s musical and educational direction, including development and implementation of department goals and objectives, curriculum management and development, and technology support
  • Electronic applications only. Please submit the following materials through this website,, in Word or PDF format. Address your materials to: Piano Chair Search Committee, ATTN: Matt Marvuglio, Dean, Performance Division, Berklee College of Music.
A letter of application
A current resume or CV
Letters of recommendation from at least two (2) references
Links to websites or online resources with representative samples of your performances
  • This is a twelve-month position with a renewable contract. The start date for the position is September 1, 2017, or earlier depending on availability. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled.
  • Job Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Position Type: Full-Time/Regular

Brigham Young University-Idaho: Music (Piano) Full-time faculty (Deadline: 05 September 2016)Edit

  • Official Title: Music (Piano) Full-time Faculty - Anticipated for Fall 2017
  • Position Summary: Responsibilities include instruction in applied music lessons (piano) and teaching courses from the following areas: Piano Pedagogy, Piano Literature, and Collaborative Piano. Other duties may include, but are not limited to, instruction in core musicianship classes (Aural Skills and Theory), Music History / Literature and other music courses as needed, and teaching Foundations (general education) courses on a periodic basis.
  • Additional responsibilities include advising students and other department and university assignments. Qualified candidates must be fully supportive of and prepared to endorse the mission of the university and outcomes of the Department of Music. Significant value will be placed on candidates who demonstrate understanding the need and a willingness to prepare music majors and students from other disciplines for successful career options. Commitment to integrated and interdisciplinary approaches of program design, implementation, and educational experience for a broad range of students is essential.
  • Throughout their careers, all BYU-Idaho faculty are expected to participate in teaching Foundations (general education) courses on a periodic basis. They are also expected to actively pursue professional development opportunities in learning and teaching and ongoing scholarly development within their discipline. To learn more about teaching at BYU–Idaho go to BYU-Idaho Faculty
  • Knowledge, Skills and Experience: Advanced Degree required (masters minimum); Doctorate degree preferred or equivalent professional experience with the stipulation that continued employment may be contingent upon completion of doctoral studies, to be determined according to individual experience and qualifications. Applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to and evidence of excellence in performance, musicianship, and teaching. Applicants are also expected to actively pursue professional development opportunities in learning and teaching and ongoing scholarly development within their discipline. As an educational institution affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU–Idaho prefers to hire qualified members of the Church in good standing as authorized under Title 41 CFR § 60-1.5 (a)(6).
  • Anticipated Start Date: 8/23/2017
  • Pay Rate: Will be discussed during the formal interview process and is based on your education and experience.
  • Posting Date: 07/01/2016
  • Closing Date: 09/05/2016
  • Special Instructions: RESUME and CURRICULUM VITAE: A document in the resume section is required. The curriculum vitae section is optional. If only a curriculum vitae is attached, it must be attached in the required resume section.
  • COVER LETTER: Address the salutation to Mr. Kelly T. Burgener, Associate Academic Vice President for Instruction, 210 KIM, BYU-Idaho, Rexburg, Idaho, 83460-1690 and upload to the required cover letter section.
  • TEACHING EVALUATIONS: Please attach your most recent Teaching Evaluation, if applicable. Upload as “Other Document.”
  • TRANSCRIPTS: Unofficial transcripts for all degrees need to be attached; three transcript links are provided. Please be aware that at the time a formal on-campus interview is scheduled, candidates will be required to provide an official transcript or a secure electronic PDF transcript of your terminal degree.
  • CONFIDENTIAL LETTERS OF REFERENCE: Three electronic reference letters are required. The e-mail address for each reference is submitted in the Reference Letters section. Both the requests for letters and the reference responses are submitted electronically through the application system.
  • REFERENCES: References are individuals who know you well professionally or personally. As a courtesy, please let your reference providers know that they will be receiving an e-mail from the BYU-Idaho online application system requesting a confidential response. If they encounter any difficulties, please encourage them to contact us at 208-496-1716 or Thank you.
  • OTHER DOCUMENT SECTION: This optional section allows attachment of documents such as course evaluations (either student or peer), additional transcripts, etc.

Delaware State University: Staff Piano Accompanist (Deadline: Open until filled)Edit

  • The Delaware State University Department of Music seeks to hire a full-time (9-month) professional staff piano accompanist.
  • RESPONSIBILITIES: Accompany instrumental and vocal student recitals as well as applied lessons as needed. Accompany instrumental and vocal faculty recitals. Accompany departmental juries, master classes, choral rehearsals, concerts (includes traveling), and other assigned events.
  • QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree in music preferred. College level instrumental and vocal accompanying experience preferred. A good knowledge of the voice is highly desired.
  • Applicants should send sample recordings of instrumental and vocal accompanying performances, list of representative accompaniments performed, and three letters of recommendations to:
Dr. Francine Edwards, Dean and Interim Chair of Music
College of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences
Delaware State University
1200 North DuPont Highway
Education Humanities Building
Dover, Delaware 19901

Eastern Mennonite University: Tenure-track (open-rank) Faculty in Piano (Deadline: 01 November 2016)Edit

  • POSITION: Full-time tenure track faculty position (open rank) in piano instruction and performing with possible additional responsibilities in areas such as music history, music theory, choral conducting or music education. *QUALIFICATIONS: DMA in Music required (ABD seriously considered). Christian faith with strong affinity for the values espoused by EMU that draw from its Anabaptist/Mennonite heritage, performing and teaching experience, and ability to contribute to university and departmental service expected. Ability and willingness to provide departmental leadership desirable.
  • RESPONSIBILITIES: Teach private and group piano at university level and in Preparatory Music Program, and teach collegiate piano pedagogy course. Teach courses in music history and/or appreciation, music theory, music education or choral conducting, according to interest of faculty member. Perform with faculty in collaborative and solo settings. Oversee piano maintenance schedule and piano accompanying program.
  • COMPENSATION: Nine-month contract. Salary determined by education and experience. Eastern Mennonite University uses a tenure-with-review contract system.
  • APPOINTMENT DATE: Position begins mid-August 2017. EMU reserves the right to fill the position at any time or keep the position open.
  • INQUIRIES: Application review begins November 1, 2016.
  • Applicants will be asked to respond to questions specific to EMU’s mission after the initial inquiry. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable), and three reference letters to:
Dr. Deirdre L. Smeltzer, Vice President & Undergraduate Academic Dean
Eastern Mennonite University
1200 Park Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Eastman School of Music: Artist/Teacher of Piano (open rank, 2 positions) (Deadline: 14 October 2016)Edit

  • The Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester invites nominations and applications for two full-time tenure-track positions as Artist/Teacher and Performer of Piano, beginning fall semester 2017.
  • Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates should have strong reputations as performers on the national or international level, in addition to a proven record of successful recruiting and teaching of outstanding students in a conservatory or university music school.
  • Responsibilities: Teach applied-music majors (undergraduate and graduate); maintain international standing as a performing artist and teacher. Contribute to the musical life of the Eastman School of Music, including participating in recruitment, auditions, juries, and recitals; secondary responsibilities possible depending on applicants' area(s) of expertise. *Review of applications begins October 14, 2016. To receive full consideration, please apply online and submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, names of three prominent performer/teacher references, and a recording of performances with the subject Piano Search via attachment to . Candidates should be prepared to submit additional materials upon request.
  • 2 positions? Is someone retiring? 

Keene State College: Assistant Professor - Piano / Collaborative Piano (Deadline: 21 October 2016)Edit

  • The Music Department at Keene State College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level beginning August 2017. We seek a distinguished performer and teacher of piano with a demonstrated record of classroom and studio teaching at the collegiate level.
  • Primary responsibilities include the coordination of all aspects of the Music Department’s keyboard curriculum including applied study, collaborative piano, piano proficiency exams, class piano, inventories and maintenance, and end-of-semester juries. The candidate will serve as collaborative pianist and style coach, and must therefore display artistic achievement in piano performance, collaborative piano, and pedagogy, with skill and interest in vocal and chamber music coaching. Additional keyboard skills (e.g. harpsichord, organ) are desirable. The position includes various departmental co-curricular and service duties, including academic advising, entrance auditions, active recruiting for the department, coordination of staff collaborative pianist assignments, recital juries, and departmental committees. Other responsibilities include participating in campus-wide committees, maintaining an active record of performance and scholarship, and mentoring undergraduate research/creative activity.
  • Faculty positions include teaching 12 credits per semester, academic advising, scholarly/professional activity (including performance), and committee service. Faculty may also have an opportunity to teach courses in the College’s Integrative Studies Program. For more information about this program, please see: Our students come from diverse socio-economic and educational backgrounds, with a high percentage of first generation college students. By the time Keene State College students complete their undergraduate experience they develop critical thinking, creative inquiry, intercultural competence, civic engagement, and commitment to well-being that will serve them as active citizens and lifelong learners. We strongly encourage individuals to apply who will support the College’s ongoing efforts to help students become responsible global citizens.
  • Additional Job Information: Applicants should be prepared to provide the contact information for three professional references and upload the following documents when applying online:
Letter of application addressing the above responsibilities
Curriculum Vitae
Statement of Teaching Philosophy
Three (3) letters of current reference, one of which must address teaching
  • Please do not send recordings at this time. Semi-finalists will be expected to submit a sample of their work and a repertoire list of both solo and collaborative material.
  • Application Deadline: Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled or otherwise closed at the College’s discretion. For full consideration, please submit materials by October 21, 2016.
  • Posting Number/Job Order #: PF0016FY17
  • Acceptable Minimum Qualifications: An appropriate terminal degree (DMA, DM, PhD, or equivalent) is required at the time of appointment. Evidence of teaching at the collegiate level Artistic achievement in solo and/or collaborative piano performance. Skill and interest in collaborative piano duties.
  • Salary Information: Salary will be based on Collective Bargaining Unit Agreement, and was at $66,800 minimum for the rank of Assistant Professor in Fall 2016. Salary is complemented by a generous benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.
  • 9/20 Internal candidate

Oberlin Conservatory: Faculty Vacancy in Piano (Deadline: None listed, posted 21 September 2016)Edit

  • The Oberlin Conservatory of Music invites applications for a continuing full-time tenure-track position in the Piano Department, beginning in the 2017-18 academic year.
  • Responsibilities: The successful applicant will teach a studio of undergraduate pianists, with the possibility of teaching Artist-Diploma students in the Oberlin-Como Piano Academy and some chamber music coaching. Active participation is expected in recruiting, as well as in departmental hearings, juries, auditions, and meetings.
  • Qualifications: We seek an Artist-Teacher with an established national/international reputation and a proven record of successful teaching and performance, and who shares Oberlin’s commitment to the highest standards in undergraduate musical training. An advanced degree in piano is desired but not necessary if an applicant has outstanding professional recognition.
  • Compensation: The appointment is to be filled at a rank and salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Pacific Lutheran University: Assistant Professor of Music-Piano (Deadline: 01 November 2016)Edit

  • The Department of Music at Pacific Lutheran University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Music – Piano, beginning September 1, 2017.
  • Essential Functions and Responsibilities:
Teach a four-semester sequence of functional keyboarding classes, an essential component of the core program for all music majors and minors; provide leadership for the keyboard skills sequence.
Oversee the accompanying program, working with piano majors to support the accompanist needs in various applied studios.
Teach private piano lessons and chamber music at the undergraduate level.
Perform regularly on campus; specifically in collaboration with colleagues.
Actively recruit piano students and participate in department recruiting activities (e.g. department scholarship auditions); develop strong relationships with area private instructors; participate in applicable local, regional and national teacher/performer organizations.
Share advising responsibilities for majors in performance, Bachelor of Arts, and Bachelor of Musical Arts programs.
Participate in School of Arts and Communication and Department of Music faculty activities.
Other duties/teaching as assigned based on the appointee’s strengths and department’s needs.
  • Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of current trends and teaching techniques in class piano, piano performance, and related areas.
  • Required Qualifications:
Terminal degree (DMA or PhD) in Piano Pedagogy, Piano Performance, or Collaborative Piano. ABD will be considered, but degree must be completed by September 1, 2017. Master’s degree plus justifiable professional experience and recognition may substitute for the terminal degree.
Demonstrated competence in teaching courses in class piano, piano performance, and collaborative piano.
Evidence of active scholarly or comparable artistic activity.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
Terminal degree (DMA or PhD) in Piano Pedagogy, Piano Performance, or Collaborative Piano.
Demonstrated collaborative skill working with diverse faculty, staff and student populations.
Prior teaching experience at the college level.
  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and full contact information for three references by clicking on the “Apply” button above. Documents should address specifically an interest in, and qualifications for, the job responsibilities listed above. No recordings, videos, syllabi, or course evaluations at this time.
  • For questions or more information, please contact Brian Galante, Search Chair, at
  • Posting Date: 08/12/2016
  • Closing Date: Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016, but the position will remain open until filled.

Savannah State University: Instructor - Music (Keyboard and Music Technology) (Deadline: Review begins immediately, posted 9/20/16)Edit

  • The Department of Fine Arts, Humanities & Wellness at Savannah State University seeks a full-time instructor of Keyboard & Music Technology qualified to teach music appreciation, keyboard, music theory, ensemble, applied lessons, and music technology courses. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically delineated in this description. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Minimum Qualifications; Master’s degree in Music or related field and a minimum of 18 graduate credit hours in Music; 18 credit hours in Keyboard preferred. Two years college level teaching experience in theory, music appreciation and class keyboard. Background and/or credit check may be required.
  • Complete application online; submit letter of application, current vitae, official transcripts, and name, address, telephone number and email address of three references to Music Instructor search, Fine Arts, Humanities, Wellness Chair; Savannah State University, Box 20034, Savannah, GA 31404
  • Review of applications will begin upon receipt and continue until the position is filled
  • Also posted at Music Theory/Composition 2016-2017.

Texas Woman's University: Assistant Professor of Music - Piano Pedagogy (Deadline: 15 October 2016)Edit

  • Texas Woman's University - Denton Campus
  • Department: Music and Drama
  • Title: Assistant Professor of Music - Tenure-track
  • Job Code: 16AS-MU03
  • Date Closed: Review of applications will begin October 15, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copy of graduate transcripts, audio or video recordings of piano performances and video recordings of teaching (via internet link), and names with email address and phone numbers of three references via email to (e-mail Header or Subject line must include job title and job code number 16AS-MU03).
  • JOB DESCRIPTION: The successful candidate will:
1. Teach applied lessons to piano majors and piano concentrations;
2. Teach class piano and functional piano;
3. Develop the piano pedagogy program and teach classes related to piano pedagogy;
4. Plan and organize events on campus and in the community, such as master classes, workshops, conferences, etc.;
5. Recruit and retain piano and piano pedagogy students;
6. Develop outreach programs for piano instructors in the DFW area;
7. Help create teaching opportunities for TWU pedagogy students;
8. Serve on department, college, and university committees; and
9. Actively participate in professional music organizations on the state and national levels.
1. Hold a PhD or DMA in Piano Pedagogy
2. Record of research in piano pedagogy;
3. Demonstrated effectiveness as a classroom and studio teacher;
4. Demonstrated ability to recruit and retain university students;
5. Evidence of successful and accomplished performing;
6. Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a collegial environment; and
7. Collegiate-level teaching experience preferred.

Western Michigan University: Assistant Professor - Keyboard (Deadline: Open until filled)Edit

  • Title: Assistant Professor - Keyboard - Tenure Track
  • Posting Number: 0603688
  • Salary Range: $55,000 to $60,000
  • Major Duties:
Teaching primary and secondary applied piano.
Coaching chamber ensembles.
Serving as the advisor for and teaching in the basic keyboard curriculum.
Other duties as appropriate to the qualifications of the candidate and the needs of the School, including teaching courses such as Piano Pedagogy, Keyboard Literature, and Accompanying.
Recruitment and service appropriate for a university faculty member required.
  • Minimum Qualifications:
Master's degree in music with significant progress toward the doctorate, or professional experience equivalent to doctoral work.
Applicant must demonstrate excellence in, and commitment to, performance as both a soloist and collaborative artist.
Demonstrated success in the applied studio and in the classroom.
Background in pedagogy.
The successful candidate will be expected to have strong interpersonal, communication, and collaborative skills.
  • Desired Qualifications:
Doctorate in music.
Teaching experience at the university level.
Demonstrated expertise in pedagogy.
Proven ability to recruit.
  • Required Applicant Documents: Cover Letter highlighting your qualifications, Curriculum Vitae, List of References
  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Please send 3 current letters of recommendation electronically to (Interfolio preferred, if possible):
  • Or, by mail:
Attn: Keyboard Search
WMU School of Music
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5434
  • Do not send any recordings at this time.
  • Additional Position Information: Expected Start Date: August 2017
  • GO TO: for benefits and other information
  • External Posting Date: 09-16-2016
  • External Closing Date: Open Until Filled
  • If direct link to job ad doesn't work, search for posting #0603688

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