Lecturer AY - Music Lecturer

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Work type: Instructional Faculty - Temporary/Lecturer
Location: Channel Islands
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Temporary, Part Time

Program:  Performing Arts- Music
Rank: Lecturer Faculty

Title: Music Lecturer

About the University: 

California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) opened in 2002 as the newest campus in the California State University system. Since that time, the University has grown and developed into one of the premier public universities, not only in the California State University system, but also in the nation. Indeed, U.S. News & World Report listed CSUCI as 29th among “Regional Universities West” in its 2023 edition of Best Colleges Rankings. In 2023, CollegeNET ranked CSUCI 71st out of over 1,400 schools in its “Social Mobility Index.” In 2020, Money Magazine rated CSUCI as the 15th “Most Transformative College” in the nation.

CSUCI is a public comprehensive university that engages students in critical inquiry and is dedicated to educating leaders for a global society. The University is located in Ventura County and is home to more than 4,959 undergraduate and 168 graduate students. Approximately 48% of CSUCI’s students are Pell Grant eligible, and approximately 60% are first-generation college students. CSUCI is also proud to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), with 61% of its undergraduate students self-identifying as Latinx, 23% as White, 6% as Asian/Asian American, 4% as multiracial, and 2% as Black/African American. In 2022, CSUCI was among the first institutions to be recertified with Excelencia in Education’s "Seal of Excelencia” for its facilitation of Latinx student success.

CSUCI is committed to diversifying its faculty in order to address students’ ever-changing needs in the 21st century. The University is also taking steps to confront racism and to advocate for social justice. To this end, CSUCI encourages applicants to apply who are motivated to serve and contribute to the university’s tenure-track body, which self-identifies as 54% White, 24% Latinx, 11% Asian/Asian American, and 4% Black/African America.

Diversity Statement: 

CSUCI is committed to recruiting individuals who are dedicated to furthering inclusive excellence in our campus community. We seek to enhance our diverse University population by welcoming people from all backgrounds, and by working to sustain an environment where colleagues can not only work and learn, but also create and thrive.

CSUCI Mission Statement:

Placing students at the center of the educational experience, California State University Channel Islands provides undergraduate and graduate education that facilitates learning within and across disciplines through integrative approaches, emphasizes experiential and service learning, and graduates students with multicultural and international perspectives.

CSUCI’s Commitment to You:

CSUCI is committed to helping newly hired faculty develop a sense of belonging in a collaborative and supportive community dedicated to providing resources and opportunities for establishing and sustaining a research agenda and engaging in continuous improvement in equitable teaching and learning.

About the Program: 

The B.A. in Music degree at CSUCI offers a broad, integrated undergraduate experience in music that specializes in individualized attention from exceptional faculty who challenge students to achieve their best. The diverse curriculum design offers students the necessary skills to be at the forefront of the music industry in the twenty-first century and emphasizes the multicultural global perspectives that are the hallmarks of CI.

The B.A. in Music degree will prepare students for a career in a wide array of music-related opportunities including: professional musicians, studio engineers, music educators, music industry positions, composers/arrangers/songwriters and graduate studies in music.

About the Position: 

The Music Program (MUS) at CI invites qualified applicants to teach Private Lessons in Voice and/or instruments to both music majors and non-majors in person on campus, according to program needs. Preferred qualifications include teaching Private Lessons in Piano as well as Voice. Additional opportunities to teach other MUS courses in the future are dependent on qualifications, budget, and enrollment growth.

  • This is a part-time faculty pool for available assignments during the academic year. Applications are considered throughout the year and reviewed based on Performing Arts-Music (MUS) Program need. Here is a current list of courses taught within the MUS program. People with expertise and ability within and beyond the current course offerings are encouraged to apply. Your application status will be updated throughout the review process. If your application is still in progress, your application has not been reviewed by the hiring department. Should a review of your application result in the intent to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone for an interview.

Minimum Degree Requirements:

A Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Music or a related field, OR a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in Music and significant professional experience in one or more relevant fields. Degree requirements can vary depending on courses taught.

Required Qualifications:

  • 1+ years teaching vocal and/or instrumental lessons. All cultures, genres, styles, of vocal and instrumental pedagogical practices are welcome and encouraged to apply.
  • Current knowledge of and demonstrated proficiency and experience in vocal and instrumental private and group lessons.
  • Innovative approaches to vocal and instrumental pedagogy and practice reflecting the ability to effectively teach in diverse genres and styles of music.
  • Highly effective interpersonal skills.
  • Applicants must demonstrate successful experience teaching private voice and instrumental lessons and an acute awareness of the course content taught.
  • Applicants should demonstrate the commitment to effectively work with and engage a diverse student population and evidence of how they would successfully mentor minoritized students with special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander students. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Master’s or Doctoral degree, or other terminal degree in a closely related field or Bachelor’s in Music with significant professional experience in a relevant field. Experience teaching online/ hybrid or face to face. Demonstrate successful experience teaching private voice and instrumental lessons at the college or university level.

  • Applicants must demonstrate successful experience teaching private voice or instrumental lessons at the college or university level.
  • Two + years teaching music in higher education.
  • Recognized extensive participation in their respective music practice, creative activities, and/or scholarship.
  • Highly effective oral, written, digital communication skills, including the ability to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.
  • Demonstrated culturally-relevant, responsive and sustaining pedagogy in their syllabi, curriculum, and interactions with students, faculty, staff, and/or community members who span a diverse range of languages, nationalities, ethnicities, socio-economic levels, ages, identities, abilities and/or educational experiences

  • The ability to teach other MUS prefix courses in future semesters depend on qualifications, budget, enrollment, and program needs.

  1. Teach private lessons in voice and/or instrumental music. Additional duties could include teaching other music courses depending on qualifications, budget, enrollment, and program needs.

Application Deadline: 

Screening of applications will begin January 10, 2024. Priority will be given to applicants who submit applications prior to the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Applicants must submit the following materials: 

  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • A statement describing your experience mentoring and/or working with minoritized students with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander and American Indian students, and
  • A teaching philosophy describing how you plan to engage and interact with students, with a special focus on Latinx, Black/African American, Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander, and American Indian students.

In later phases of the search process, applicants may be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates.

Submit all required materials to the CSUCI Careers application web address below:


California State University Lecturer Salary (Academic Year) Schedules can be found at

Placement into a range is based on qualifications and experience. Initial assignments are typically at the bottom third of the salary range. The full-time (15 units per semester) monthly base salaries indicated in the schedules above are prorated to the number of units worked and are paid in six monthly payments for each full semester.

The University offers excellent fringe benefits.

General Information:

Evidence of degree(s) required at time of hire.

At time of appointment, the successful candidate, if not a U.S. citizen, must have authorization from the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to work in the United States.

The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

CSUCI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096.

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Faculty Affairs at academicpersonnel@csuci.edu.  


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