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Nov 1 2021

Faculty Music Theory Faculty

Cleveland Institute of Music Cleveland, Ohio, United States

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), a private, independent conservatory, announces a full-time faculty opening in Music Theory to begin in Fall 2022. CIM has a 100-year history of providing classical musical training at the highest level for both undergraduate and graduate populations. As it moves into its second century, CIM actively embraces the challenges and opportunities of the ever-changing musical and social landscape in preparing its students for musical careers of distinction and impact. Further information on the school, faculty, students, and programs may be found at

We seek a colleague who is passionate about teaching within an integrated and rigorous skills-based undergraduate core which is focused primarily on preparing our students to perform or compose with technical prowess and informed, compelling artistry in the relentless quest for the highest level of excellence. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will be forward-thinking in their pedagogy and enhance our identity as a leading American conservatory committed to graduating young artists who will be the future of classical music. Although candidates with post-tonal expertise are preferred, all specialties are welcome and will receive full consideration.

Required Qualifications:

  • A completed Ph.D. (or ABD) in music theory, or a completed terminal degree in a related field
  • A proven record of university-level teaching

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with synchronous and asynchronous digital teaching platforms, formats, and practices
  • Understanding of different cultural traditions and perspectives in music theory
  • Active performance, composing, writing, or other professional musical activity
  • Experience working with diverse populations

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • A skills-focused undergraduate core of written theory, keyboard, singing, and dictation
  • Upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Mentoring of undergraduate theses
  • Seminars
  • Teaching assignments may include in-person, hybrid, and remote classes

Additional Notes:

  • CIM does not employ a traditional rank-and-tenure system.
  • Due to the nature of our undergraduate core curriculum, candidates should be prepared to demonstrate excellence in keyboard harmony, sight singing, and aural skills at an early stage of the interview process.

Additional duties, pending candidate interest, may include (but are not limited to): serving on CIM faculty and DMA-examination committees, developing and/or teaching coursework in CIM’s new general-education curriculum, and developing collaborative projects with Case Western Reserve University and/or the Cleveland Institute of Art.

Review of applications begins 1 December 2021. Candidates should submit a CV, cover letter, a URL to a teaching video, and the names and contact information for three references. Please submit all application materials online at , and direct any questions related to the search to Sam Bivens (, chair of the Theory Faculty Search Committee.

The Cleveland Institute of Music embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will create an inclusive climate for students of all races, ethnicities, and genders. We strongly encourage women and underrepresented minorities to apply. CIM is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer; we support and practice non-discrimination in all areas of employment regarding gender, race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or military status.

Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Faculty.

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