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School of Creative & Performing Arts, Music Division - MUSI, Sessional Instructors

Job ID: 31393
Location: Main Campus
Updated May 24, 2024

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We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.


The School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA), Division of Music invites applications for Sessional Instructors to teach the following course(s) in the Winter 2025 term.

The Winter 2025 term runs from January 6 to April 30, 2025, Individual course dates are noted below; please see the academic schedule for additional important dates and deadlines.



Current Offerings for Winter 2025

MUSI 127 Class Piano

Winter 2025 – January 13 – April 11
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 13:00 – 13:50
Course Description: Functional approach to the piano.

Qualifications/Requirements for Composition

  • Doctoral degree in Music with an emphasis on piano performance and/or pedagogy and/or equivalent professional experience 
  • Significant teaching experience in both the classroom and in private lessons
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver a piano curriculum at the post-secondary level to students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

MUSI 325B Musicianship II

Winter 2025 – January 13 – April 11
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00-9:50 
Sessional hired at 0.25 HCE (eight-week module, dates TBD)
Course Description: Further development of skills in rhythm, intonation and sight-singing.  Performance of two-part contrapuntal exercises with chromatic modulation.  Introduction to atonal exercises. This term is devoted to performative improvisation in both contemporary art music and jazz.

Required Qualifications for Musicianship II:

  • Doctoral degree in music and/or equivalent professional experience.
  • Strong aural and rhythmic skills and knowledge of soflège systems.
  • Significant experience with performative improvisation.
  • Keyboard skills are a strong asset.
  • Significant teaching experience and demonstrated ability to deliver curriculum at the post-secondary level.  Experience supervising and mentoring graduate student assistants.

MUSI 332 Music History and Literature III

Winter 2025 – January 13 – April 11
Monday and Wednesday, 14:30-15:45 
Course Description: Music from the Modern Era.

Required Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in Music with a specialization in Music History and/or equivalent professional experience 
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver a music history curriculum at the post-secondary level to students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

MUSI 343 Composition II    

Winter 2025 – January 13 – April 11
Tuesday 9:00-11:45 
Course Description: Continued study of compositional techniques and study of selected twentieth-century compositions.

Required Qualifications/Requirements for Composition:

  • Doctoral degree in Music with a specialization in Composition and/or equivalent professional experience 
  • A portfolio demonstrating a record of excellence as a composer.
  • Significant teaching experience in both the classroom and in private lessons
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver a conducting curriculum at the post-secondary level to students from a wide variety of backgrounds.

Application Process: 

To apply to the above teaching opportunities, please submit your application documents (in pdf form) to the U of C Careers site, using the “Apply Now” link. Please note that the application process allows for only four attachments, which may require you to merge documents. 

In support of your application, please provide the following:

  1. Current CV (if the SCPA does not already have one on file)
  2. Names and contact information for 3 potential referees; and
  3. Teaching evaluations (if available)

If you have any questions, please contact Jeremy Brown, Division Lead, Music, by email at [email protected]

Application Deadline: June 7, 2024

For salary information, please refer to TUCFA's Collective Agreement, Schedule B. As per the Collective Agreement, the Faculty of Arts adheres to the right of first refusal terms (Section 23.12.1 and 23.12.2) for Sessional Appointments.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)


For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts, click here.

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