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Assistant Professor of Practice, Studio Guitar and Popular Music Performance

Thornton School of Music - Studio Guitar and Popular Music Performance Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California

Flora L. Thornton School of Music

Division of Contemporary Music

Popular Music, Music Technology, Jazz Studies and Studio Guitar

Assistant Professor of Practice, Studio Guitar and Popular Music Performance


The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music invites applicants for the full-time position Assistant Professor of Practice, Studio Guitar and Popular Music Performance in the departments of Popular Music, Music Technology, Jazz Studies and Studio Guitar. The appointment is non-tenure track and begins August 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. The new educational model, launching in Fall 2019 for undergraduates in the Classical Performance & Composition Division, renews Thornton’s commitment to a virtuosic education and asks students to reimagine what it means to be a classical musician in the 21st century. Thornton offers 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.

The student body at USC is extraordinarily diverse: it is racially and ethnically a majority/minority population with a full range of expressions of gender, ability and sexual identities which we embrace as a source of institutional strength and community pride. The University’s commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we are seeking to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible; one which reflects the broad diversity of identities and experiences that comprise the country as well as the field of music technology.

The Division of Contemporary Music offers a diverse offering of guitar throughout the various programs as well as through non-major courses.


Principal duties will include individual and classroom instruction throughout the Division of Contemporary Music. 1) Individual instruction will include guitar for non-majors (at all levels including beginners), secondary instrument instruction for music majors, guitar emphasis for undergraduate majors, and lessons for students at the graduate and DMA level. 2) Classroom instruction will include teaching non-music major popular music performance class as well as production coursework for Music Technology and other related study as needed. 3) Additional responsibilities include supervision of recitals, directed research projects, mentoring for capstone projects, attending juries and auditions, as well as serving on School and University committees.  4) Other additional assignments may be assigned by the Chair.   


The ideal candidate for this position is a pedagogue of outstanding ability who is willing to contribute fully to the artistic and intellectual life of the Thornton School. A successful candidate will be capable of versatility in genres and at varying student skill levels, have exceptional working knowledge and skill with current music technology and production, have demonstrated professional success and a record of experience and accomplishment working in a highly diverse environment, and of promoting equity and inclusion in their work and approach to the profession.

Preferred qualifications: a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience (master’s preferred) in a related music field and experience teaching at the college or university level in the areas of music and guitar.


Interested candidates must apply through the USC online system at Candidates are asked to provide:

  • A letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three references

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

USC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from female and under-represented minority candidates.

REQ20069607 Posted Date: 01/09/2019

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