Job DescriptionDepartment of Theatre and Dance
Assistant Teaching Professor in Musical Theatre and Pianist
Ball State University
Ball State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance welcomes applications for a one-year non-tenure line faculty position as an Assistant Teaching Professor, Musical Theatre Pianist to begin August 2023.
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Position Function: Teaching load will include a variety of courses within a highly competitive BFA undergraduate musical theatre curriculum. In addition to serving as an accompanist for master classes, productions, and coursework, additional teaching responsibilities may include courses in sight singing, basic musicianship, all levels of singing actor courses, introductory piano, ensemble singing, and other music theatre based courses as needed. Candidate may also supervise students involved in the Department’s BFA Senior Showcases in Chicago and New York, serve as a director, musical director, or coach on assigned musical productions, and work in collaboration with theatre and dance faculty, staff, and students in facilitating the production program at Ball State University.
• Master’s degree in music, musical theatre, theatre, or related discipline or equivalent professional experience completed by date of employment.
• Ability to serve as a pianist for classes and shows, or serving as a musical director within production work when needed.
• Experience or related expertise that would allow the candidate to teach one or more of the following additional musical theatre courses: sight singing, basic musicianship, singing actor courses, and ensemble singing.
• One year of teaching experience at the university/college level.
Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.
• M.M., D.M.A., or M.F.A. degree in music, musical theatre, theatre, or related discipline completed by the date of employment.
• Experience as an artist, performer, musical director, or accompanist on Broadway or in major Regional Theatre venues.
• Experience teaching voice lessons, serving as a voice coach, or teaching acting to students at the collegiate level.
• Three years of teaching experience at the university/college level.
• Connections and recognitions within the professional musical theatre industry.
Apply online at: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/36373
Salary and benefit packages for this position are competitive, with salaries for this opportunity beginning at $50,000 annually.
Submit a one-page letter of application, curriculum vita/resume, and an inclusive excellence statement describing how you would contribute to the development of a diverse and inclusive learning community at Ball State University through your teaching, research, and/or service. Please include examples of your contributions when possible. Word limit 500. The names and contact information for three professional references are required in the application.
The option to upload transcripts is available. Original, official transcripts showing the highest related degree earner is required at the time of hire (even if obtained at BSU). Degree verification will be conducted.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted until filled.
Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, on an attractive campus 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll in one of eight academic colleges that offer 120 undergraduate programs. We offer more than 140 master’s, doctoral, certificate, and specialist degrees, with many of them ranking among the best in the nation. Ball State aspires to be the model of the most student-centered and community-engaged of the 21st century public research universities, transforming entrepreneurial learners into impactful leaders – committed to improving the quality of life for all.
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