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Adjunct Instructor in Music - Commercial Music (Guitar)

Department: Department of Music
Location: Jackson

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

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 commercial guitar, ensemble coaching, commercial guitar techniques, and commercial guitar pedagogy. The candidate must have the ability to teach electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin, banjo, loop technologies, pedalboard strategies, and improvisational techniques in a variety of styles.
    • Courses include:
      CMU 150 Applied Lessons Freshman (Commercial Guitar)
      CMU 250 Applied Lessons Sophomore (Commercial Guitar)
      CMU 350 Applied Lessons Junior (Commercial Guitar)
      CMU 450 Applied Lessons Senior (Commercial Guitar)
      CMU 210 Commercial Music Theory
      MU 300/400 Commercial Music Lab
      CMU 318 Commercial Instrumental Styles
      CMU 472 Studio Instrumental Techniques
      Emphasis in: Commercial Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin Techniques; Commercial Ensemble coaching; and Commercial 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 Guitar Performance or Guitar Pedagogy, Commercial Music, Jazz Performance, Master of Art in Worship, or equivalent, and experience teaching undergraduate-level group and private guitar is required. This position also requires the ability to work in a team leadership setting and strong collaborative skills. The ability to teach Commerical Music Theory or Musicianship/ Aural Skills courses is also required. The candidate must also have the ability to perform in a variety of music styles, including but not limited to classical music, popular and rock music styles including improvisation, jazz or blues, Contemporary Worship, country and bluegrass, and Classical.

Preference will be given to applicants with a Ph.D. or D.M.A. in Guitar Performance or Guitar Pedagogy, Commercial Music, Jazz Performance, Worship, or equivalent. Extensive solo or ensemble recording and performing experience, as well as 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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