Director of Instrumental Music, Assistant/Associate Professor of Music

The University of Pikeville in Pikeville, Kentucky seeks a dynamic and creative professional interested in directing, managing, and growing the University’s instrumental music program. This position will be a nine-month faculty contract with additional paid summer duties.   The Director is responsible for the band program at the University, providing students with an opportunity to participate in extracurricular band activities and ensure compliance with all state and university requirements. The position may also include teaching a course(s) in the music area as well as providing support for private instrumental lessons as needed. The Director of Instrumental Music will contribute to a dynamic team and help the growth of the Music program.

The successful candidate will hold a Master’s in Musical Arts degree -- a Doctoral Degree is preferred -- in Instrumental Conducting or a related field or degree from a nationally accredited institution of higher education.  2-4 years teaching experience at the college or high school level is preferred, either concurrent to or following graduate studies. Extensive professional performing experience as a conductor/performer is also favored.

Position Responsibilities:

  1. Teach applied lessons.
  2. Manage program budget and scholarship budget.
  3. Teach as needed in the music program.
  4. Recruit and teach private instrumental students in support of music major/minor.
  5. Develop a schedule of performances by semester.
  6. Select appropriate music and modify musical arrangements as needed.
  7. Retain and graduate a satisfactory number of students.
  8. Oversee the band program budget, inventory, and maintenance.
  9. Participate in the overall governance of the music department.
  10. Choreograph a marching band show.
  11. Recruit, retain, and support students on their path to graduation.
  12. Recruit and maintain appropriate instrumentation for a balanced band program.
  13. Work with colleagues in a team atmosphere.
  14. Implement practices and band development programs including majorettes & color guard.
  15. Develop a program that is competitive and engaging for students.
  16. Organize & lead appropriate rehearsals to prepare for school year activities & football season.
  17. Plan appropriate tours (fundraising, friend raising, and recruiting) and travel.
  18. Participate in community and campus life opportunities.
  19. Other duties as assigned.

Faculty responsibilities:

  1. Create and maintain an environment that is conducive to innovative teaching and active learning.
  2. Emphasize broadly trained skills and a strong passion for excellence in teaching, service, and scholarship.
  3. Develop, communicate, and fulfill effective course learning outcomes.
  4. Teach courses utilizing no-cost course materials and Open Educational Resources (OERs).
  5. Compose and publish syllabi containing the items listed in the approved syllabus rubric.
  6. Teaching courses for both majors and non-majors.
  7. Advising students, providing service to the University community, assisting with divisional activities, and continuing scholarly growth and development.
  8. Ability to instruct classes using face-to-face, hybrid, and fully online modalities.
  9. Establish mutual respect with students through effective and timely communication including expectations, deadlines, and feedback on work completed.
  10. Maintain good working relationships with faculty and administration in all academic and non-academic sectors.
  11. Communicate effectively with constituents within the University, surrounding community, and State regarding the University.
  12. Utilize the Learning Management System (LMS) to support classroom instruction.

Position requires daily contact with faculty, staff, students, and community members in order to exchange information.  These relationships are maintained through e-mail, telephone, and person-to-person contact.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b)-retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, and dependent care accounts. 

Important Notes: Resume and other application materials will be reviewed to determine if you meet the required qualifications for the position. If it is determined that you meet the required qualifications, your application materials will be used to identify a top group of the most highly qualified candidates. Please specifically address the qualifications, competencies and desired qualifications in your resume and application materials. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  

The University of Pikeville is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students.  

For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach to their application a letter of interest, current resume, personal statement of teaching philosophy, copies of transcripts, and the contact information for three to five professional references. Performance videos demonstrating ability are encouraged.

Date Posted: 12/16/2021
Department: Humanities
Employment Type: Full-Time (40 hours)
Position Type: Faculty