Association of British Orchestras

Academic professor (Musicianship, Improvisation, Aural)

Royal College of Music £54.82 per hour Closing date 01 June 2023
The Royal College of Music (RCM) is one of the world's greatest conservatoires. Our excellence was recognised by the 2023 QS World University Rankings, in which we ranked as the top institution for performing arts in the world for the second year running.

At the RCM we are passionate about equipping our students with the skills to flourish as 21st Century musicians. Our provision in musicianship and improvisation is expanding, and we are seeking an experienced and inspirational individual to contribute to teaching in this area.

As an Academic professor you will teach on the undergraduate core modules in Musicianship and Improvisation and/or Applied Aural Skills. Experience in all three disciplines—musicianship, improvisation and aural—is desirable but not essential. The Musicianship and Improvisation core modules deliver elements of applied music theory through stylistic harmony/counterpoint tasks, analysis, and practical Baroque improvisation (e.g. ground bass, figured bass, ornamentation). Other modules in this curriculum area cover stylistic composition, analysis and improvisation from different periods, including free/contemporary). Additional teaching in these areas may be offered according to your specialism.

You will be an experienced practitioner or theorist with a track record of working in classical music, with advanced understanding of music theory. You will be an outstanding communicator who is able to design and deliver engaging learning activities, both theoretical and practice led. You will have previous experience of teaching and assessment at undergraduate level and awareness of inclusive approaches when teaching at this level.

We particularly welcome applications from black, ethnically diverse and female applicants, as these groups are currently under-represented in this area at the College.

This role is available from September 2023, with teaching commencing during w/c 18 September 2023. Classes for Academic modules are timetabled on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays; you will be expected to work on at least one of these days.

For full details of this position please read the Applicant Information Pack, available to download from the RCM website.

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