Assistant Professor of Music Education, General

  • University of Memphis, School of Music
  • Memphis, TN, USA
  • Sep 21, 2023
Full time Music

Job Description


The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis seeks an engaging and collaborative elementary/general music education specialist for a full-time, tenure-track faculty appointment, to begin August 2024. The Music Education Area is a highly collaborative, multidimensional unit of the Academic Studies Division offering Bachelor of Music, Master of Music (traditional, online, and Orff Schulwerk), and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. At the core of the work of the Music Education Area is our belief in the richness of cultural, social, and intellectual diversity, our commitment to blending cutting-edge research insights and practical teaching techniques, and our dedication to providing a quality musical education to all people, regardless of circumstance.
A complete search profile for the Assistant Professor of Music Education position is posted online.


  • Teach undergraduate and graduate music education courses (online and on-campus);
  • Supervise music education residents;
  • Pursue scholarly research and creative activity resulting in regional, national, and international visibility in publications, presentations, and other peer-reviewed outputs;
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students including those of diverse backgrounds, especially first-generation college students;
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with area PreK-12 music educators and school district liaisons;
  • Actively participate in the recruitment of prospective music education students;
  • Engage in School of Music, College, University, and professional service.
The School of Music: The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music enjoys a proud 75-year history of producing successful and accomplished music professionals. Anchored in the culturally diverse and musically rich, cosmopolitan city of Memphis, the School’s inclusive programs are purposely designed to inspire, train, and launch sustainable careers for musicians, scholars, and industry professionals of tomorrow. Instructing over 450 students in 26 degree areas, the School’s 70 full- and part-time faculty are focused on student success inside and outside the classroom. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music also distinguishes itself as the only doctoral-granting institution in the state of Tennessee. The school’s immersive and forward-thinking curriculum along with broad community partnerships create unrivaled local and global opportunities for students and faculty. A wealth of public, charter, and private school educational partners including Memphis-Shelby County Schools and the University’s own network of on-campus PreK-12 schools enable music education students and faculty to enjoy a wealth of comprehensive practicum and research opportunities throughout the Mid-South. With the opening of the new Scheidt Family Music Center in 2022, the School has solidified its place as the most comprehensive school of music in the region. The 82,000 square-foot Music Center boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including a 900+ seat concert hall. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and is housed in the College of Communication and Fine Arts. .

The University: Founded in 1912, the University of Memphis welcomes more than 22,000 students to campus every year. Diversity is one of the University’s strengths. Students and faculty come from all over the world to be a part of the UofM experience. As an internationally recognized, urban public research university, UofM provides the highest quality education in one of the world’s most musically active communities

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree in music education (ABD considered; please provide anticipated graduation date);
  • Minimum three years of documented school music teaching experience at the elementary level;
  • Demonstrated potential for scholarly research leading to peer-reviewed publications and presentations at the national/international level;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment;
The accomplishments of candidates for this position must reflect their commitment to working with an inclusive student population, and their ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and collective mission, vision and operating standards of the School of Music.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Minimum two years of successful collegiate teaching experience in music education or a related field;
  • Documented record of scholarly/creative achievement, including publications, presentations, and/or creative outputs;
  • Experience establishing relationships with PreK-12 partners, placing students for fieldwork, and supervising student teaching residencies;
  • Experience with or certification in Orff Schulwerk, although other methodological specializations and/or certifications are welcome;
  • Although applicants’ primary specialization should be elementary/general music, those with one or more areas of additional expertise are encouraged to apply; these may include but are not limited to: early childhood music, urban education, world music/ethnomusicology, strings, community engagement, music cognition, popular/vernacular music, music technology and production, composition/songwriting, etc.

Application Details (to apply use the Apply Now button below.)

Application: Candidates should go to to submit an application.
Additional items required at the time of application are as follows:
  • cover letter describing your qualifications for the position;
  • curriculum vitae;
  • unofficial transcripts for all collegiate degrees earned
  • a one- to three-page statement articulating your (a) music teaching philosophy, (b) approach to fostering an equitable, inclusive learning environment, and © proposed research agenda;
  • complete contact information (address, phone, and email) for four professional references.
Additional materials and/or documentation of teaching, creative, and/or scholarly activity may be requested at a later date, including links to teaching videos. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Preference will be given to candidates who apply by November 3, 2023. Review of applications may continue until an appropriate pool of finalists is identified.
For further information, contact:
Dr. Josef Hanson
Chair, Music Education Search Committee
Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music
Josef.Hanson [at]

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