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Adjunct Instructor in Music - String (Viola)

Department: Department of Music
Location: Jackson

Union University seeks a qualified individual for the position of Adjunct Instructor in Music  - String (Viola).

Union University is a private, coeducational liberal arts-based university offering bachelorís, masterís and doctoral degrees. The campus is located in Jackson, Tenn. (80 miles northeast of Memphis) with additional campuses in Germantown, Hendersonville, and Memphis, Tenn. Union University currently enrolls about 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 48 states and 15 countries. Union University stands as a national leader among colleges and universities in promoting a Christian worldview and a Christ-centered approach to education. Union is consistently ranked among the nationís premier Christian universities and has been recognized as a top tier institution each year since 1997 by U.S. News & World Report, which also recognized Union at a national level for undergraduate teaching excellence.

Position Description:

  • Teach applied viola, ensemble coaching, string techniques, and string pedagogy. Candidate must have the ability to teach Musicianship/Aural Skills and String Improvisational Techniques in a variety of styles.
    • Courses include:
      MUS 150 Applied Lessons Freshman (viola)
      MUS 250 Applied Lessons Sophomore (viola)
      MUS 350 Applied Lessons Junior (viola)
      MUS 450 Applied Lessons Senior (viola)
      MUS 155, 255, 355, 455 String Chamber Ensemble
      MUS 237 String Methods
      MUS 375 String Pedagogy
      Emphasis in Commercial Strings Pedagogy, String Ensemble coaching, and String Improvisation techniques

  • Provide direction and supervision for student chamber groups as assigned.

  • Perform in Faculty and University ensembles as directed.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance or Viola Pedagogy, and experience teaching undergraduate level group and private strings is required. This position also requires the ability to work in a team leadership setting and strong collaborative skills. The candidate must also have the ability to perform in a variety of music styles, such as classical music, popular and rock music styles including improvisation, jazz or blues, and country, bluegrass, or fiddle techniques.

Preference will be given to applicants with a Ph.D. or D.M.A. in Viola Performance or Viola Pedagogy. Extensive solo, symphonic and/or chamber music performance experience and teaching experience at the college level and/or the commercial industry is also preferred.

Successful candidates must be professing Christians who are active members of a local church, enthusiastically support Union Universityís Identity, Mission, and Core Values, and articulate a Christian worldview in their work and life.

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