Position Description: Â Part-Time lecturer to teach individual instruction to students of popular music strings who are interested in augmenting their performance skills to include essential forms and techniques and practices associated with working in the professional contemporary music industry. Appointment begins in late August of 2019.
Combining the benefits of a world-class conservatory and a leading research university, the USC Thornton School of Music offers students the opportunity to pursue a thorough music education in a real-world context. We offer students a full range of musical disciplines across a demanding innovative curriculum, and the opportunity to work with a faculty of national and international renown. Thornton is committed to building a diverse and pluralistic faculty that is committed to teaching in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.
The USC Thornton Popular Music Program is widely recognized as a leader in the development of Popular Music curriculum through highly successful, groundbreaking and innovative practices preparing students for careers as successful working musicians. With a faculty comprised of working professionals experienced in many areas of the music industry, a focus is on the development of strong musicianship and poised professionalism.
Principal duties will include 1) teaching individual instruction within the popular music strings program focusing on sound production, stylistic accuracy, improvisation and technique. 2) leadership and development of the Pop Strings ensemble. 3)outreach and recruitment including but not limited to attending assigned strings conventions 4)coaching strings students in Pop Music Performance classes and events including recording classes, arranging classes, screen scoring sessions and USC special events. 5)collaborating in the development of the popular music strings program.
The ideal candidate will have a successful career in popular music strings performance including motion picture studio orchestras, recordings, television and pit orchestras in the context of pop, rock or jazz features; the ability to arrange for small string ensembles (with or without a rhythm section); knowledge of classical technique, traditional strings pedagogy, contemporary bowing styles and technique; skills necessary to teach and demonstrate concepts of improvisation over harmonic changes in various contemporary styles; knowledge of rhythmic and stylists nuances of swing, groove, jazz, rock, latin, bluegrass and R&B. The successful candidate will also possess experience teaching at the college-level. Candidates with experience in electronics and music technology including Sibelius, Finale, Logis, ProTools or other digital recording media are encouraged to apply.
Interested candidates must apply through the USC online system (www.usc.edu/jobs).Â Candidates should provide a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Do not send other supporting materials unless requested. Materials will not be returned.
USC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from female and under-represented minority candidates.
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