Assistant Professor

  • SUNY Purchase
  • Purchase, NY
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full time Music

Job Description

Posting Number: F023P


Founded on the principle that artists and scholars are indispensable to each other and to an enlightened society, Purchase College combines professional conservatory programs in the visual and performing arts and distinguished programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Located 25 miles north of Manhattan in Westchester County, the campus celebrates individuality, diversity, and creativity as we encourage students to Think Wide Open. At Purchase College, the arts play a special role - liberal education infuses the arts and the arts infuse the campus. Purchase College is part of the State University of New York system.

The Conservatory of Music has four Boards of Study: Classical, Jazz, Music and Technology (which includes Studio Composition and Studio Production) and Music Academics (theory, history, ear training). The Music and Technology division comprises two MusB programs and an MM program in Studio Composition. There are approximately 140 students in the Music and Technology Board of Study.

The qualified candidate will teach courses in the "studio composition" area (part of the Music and Technology Board of Study), such as songwriting and lyrics writing, and courses in the practical aspects of touring and promoting oneself as an independent artist. The faculty member will work with students in private study and master class (small group) environments on developing their work as composers and performers.

The qualified candidate will expand the Music and Technology Board of Study's offerings to include new classes for students that are also open to students in the Classical and Jazz, such as a cross-genre performance class. This person would also be tasked with expanding online and in-person performance opportunities for Studio Comp and Production students.

The qualified candidate will be responsible for recruiting and reviewing applicants to the Studio Comp program (both undergraduate and graduate), and advising current students. Finally, this person would be instrumental in helping the Board of Study develop "flexible delivery" options for certain classes where appropriate, as a means to expand enrollment in the division over the coming years.


Bachelor's degree in music. At least five years of relevant teaching experience, plus "in the field" experience as a professional musician. The qualified candidate will have extensive songwriting and production experience, including multiple styles of songwriting. They will be fluid and experienced in analog as well as modern digital recording techniques, able to teach Logic and ProTools, and will be experienced with studio and live mic placement, overdubbing, digital instruments (MIDI) and mixing/mastering. The qualified candidate will have producing skills that include leading a session; coaching ensembles; arranging; instrumentation; sound design; transcription and chart writing for live and studio rhythm sections; and vocal production and coaching. They will have live performance experience that includes tour management, mainstage programming, and acting as music director as well as tour musician. They will have music business promotion experience including styling for photo shoots, graphic design for promotion materials, Photoshop skills, and 'DIY' publicist skills including website design and social media promotion. The qualified candidate will have experience running their own music business and will be able to share aspects of that with students, including booking musicians for sessions, chart writing, advancing shows, booking and routing tours, dealing with management/promoters/labels, and keeping track of income. Ideally, the qualified candidate will be proficient in multiple instruments, and will be able to teach guitar, piano, and voice.

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