The Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach Music 116A and 116B (Jazz, Theory and Performance) should an opening arise. The pool will remain in place for two calendar years; those interested in remaining in the pool beyond that time must reapply. Screening of applicants begins immediately and will continue as needed; some appointments may begin in the fall 2015 semester. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department. This is a 33% (variable) FTE position.
Music 116A (level 1) includes an introductory systematic study of jazz theory including scales, chords, keyboard voicings, solo transcription, and tune study approached through playing, singing, listening, writing, improvisation, analysis, and small ensemble playing.
Music 116B (level 2) covers advanced concepts in theory and performance in the jazz vernacular tradition, including melodic minor and diminished chords and scales, reharmonization, I Got Rhythm changes, Coltrane changes, use of pentatonics and 4ths, playing outside, solo analysis, piano voicings, and an introduction to jazz arranging and composition. Activities will include short writing and playing exercises, transcription and analysis, historical and analytical readings, arranging and composition projects for small ensemble, and three hours of small ensemble rehearsal per week.
The instructors are welcome to design and implement their own curriculum in accordance with these descriptions and their own experience. Inclusion of non-mainstream approaches to jazz theory and performance are encouraged at all levels. Music 116A and B are prerequisites for MU 164 and 165, which cover innovations in jazz from the 1960s to the present.
The Music department offers these courses as a series every year as part of the elective undergraduate curriculum. Qualified candidates may be eligible to teach more than one of these courses.
Responsibilities include conducting auditions at the beginning of the semester, classroom teaching for 4 hours per week during scheduled course times, holding two office hours per week, grading class assignments, giving and grading exams. Final performances are encouraged, but not required.
Minimum Basic qualifications: BA or BM or equivalent in Music and/or five plus years of professional experience in jazz is required by the time of application.
Additional Qualifications: Proficiency in jazz theory, performance, ensemble coaching and other skills appropriate to the Jazz Theory and Performance sequence, such as composition and arranging.
Preferred Qualifications: Experience with teaching in a university setting (especially in this subject area) is preferred.
Annual, Full-time Base Salary: $49,012-$54,100; commensurate with experience.
HOW TO APPLY:
- Create an Applicant ID
- Provide required information and documents
- Provide required reference information
Applicants should submit the following:
- Cover letter
- Current Curriculum Vitae
- Statement of Teaching
- Three letters of recommendation
All recommendation letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality: http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html.
You may direct questions to Nanette Hara at email@example.com
The initial review date for submissions for fall 2015 is 4/16/2015, but the posting will remain open until 3/16/2017 to accommodate upcoming needs and new applicants. Applications received by the initial review date will receive priority for fall 2015; to receive full consideration, please submit all materials prior to this date. Appointments for fall semester are usually reviewed in March and for spring semester in August (if applicable). The pool will close on 3/16/2017; if you would like to remain in the pool after that time you will need to submit a new application.
The Department seeks candidate whose teaching, performance and service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion and to increasing the participation of individuals from groups historically underrepresented in higher education.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct. The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching.