Information & Responsibilities
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS
THE HERB ALPERT SCHOOL OF MUSIC AT CALARTS
The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts seeks to appoint a full-time faculty member to its innovative community of creative music artists, with primary responsibilities anchored in the School’s InstrumentalArts Percussion Specialization. She/He/They must be a percussionist who is comfortable performing and teaching a blend of techniques applicable to the practice of standard orchestral percussion repertoire as well as those required of future percussion artists in both the creation and performance of solo, mixed ensemble, interdisciplinary and experimental popular forms. Percussionists at CalArts often traverse concentrations in Western percussion, electronic percussion and various areas of World Percussion. A successful candidate will be able to contribute to the school’s broadly integrated subject areas on all degree levels, addressing the diverse range of musical styles and sources of inspiration exhibited among the student body. CalArts faculty are recognized pioneers in their fields.
Duties may include:
• Organizing, teaching and directing percussion ensembles,
• Teaching classes in percussion, writing for percussion, performer-composer and related areas, and core curriculum subjects in theory, skills, literature, analysis, and new and emerging forms of music,
• Performing in CalArts’ large and small ensembles of various configurations,
• Giving individualized instruction in percussion, performer-composer, and related areas,
• Overseeing projects at DMA, MFA and BFA levels,
• Serving as artistic and academic mentor for students,
• Helping guide curriculum development and
• Contributing to program administration.
CalArts prides itself on its faculty profiles—that blend innovative and exploratory creative work with demonstrated accomplishments as artist-teachers and aptitudes for administrative effectiveness. A deep and comprehensive understanding of their fields, from historical, aesthetic and practical realms combined with ability to lead next-generation students in synthesizing practices among all the School’s programs is paramount. CalArts is known for its teaching with experimental models for training, research, creative facilitation and learning. Our faculty are expected to contribute to the dynamic and creative vitality of the CalArts community as artists, educators and participants in the evolution of the Institution.
- Masters degree or higher
- Two years of college-level teaching experience.
How to Apply
Applications should include:
• Letter describing professional background and artistic and educational philosophies,
• Detailed curriculum vitae,
• Three letters of recommendation and
• List of courses or subject areas previously taught or within the candidate’s ability to teach and any related administrative experience.
Do not send work samples at this time.
Audition/Interview: A search committee will evaluate applications and may request work samples from selected candidates. A short list of finalists may be invited to CalArts for interviews with the search committee and administrators and to give presentations about their work for the CalArts community. Application screening will begin in February 2018, and the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date for the position is September 2018.
Electronic submissions should be sent via email as PDF files to firstname.lastname@example.org with PERCUSSION ARTIST in the subject line.
Equity & Diversity
CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A
commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work
to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts
through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the
complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor
and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure
necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and
opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United
States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees
in all areas of visual and performing arts.
The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts offers BFA and MFA Programs in Music with Specializations in Performer-Composer, Composition and Experimental Sound Practices, Jazz, InstrumentalArts (all standard instruments), VoiceArts and Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design. World Music Performance and Musical Arts/Experimental Pop Specializations are also offered on the BFA level. African Music and Dance, Indonesian Music and Dance, North Indian Music and World Percussion Specializations are also offered on the MFA level. Finally, a unique DMA Performer-Composer Program brings very advanced practitioners into this community of artists. The school supports curriculum integration among these programs. Certificate and Advanced Certificate pathways are also available. See website for further information about the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts: http://music.calarts.edu/