Part-Time Voice Instructor



Job description

Boston, MA

The Valencia Campus of Berklee College of Music invites applications for a part-time position of Instructor of Voice to teach in both the Contemporary Performance masters and Study Abroad & First Year Abroad undergraduate programs. The ideal candidate will demonstrate familiarity with contemporary styles such as jazz, R&B, soul, pop, and rock, among others, with a particular preference to be given to those with a strong skills and experience in soul, pop, and rock music. They will be a compassionate teacher and performer – serving as a mentor and role model for students. Faculty of Berklee College of Music work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the highest academic and musical standards. They are active performing musicians and experienced teachers.

Essential Functions/Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach private instruction in voice
  • Ensemble direction or lab teaching in a variety of contemporary styles may be assigned, as appropriate.
  • Guide students in development of sound technical facility.
  • Train students strengthening sight-reading, harmony, and other musicianship skills.
  • Support student development of various performance styles.
  • Teach improvisational skills.
  • Teach in Graduate Programs, Study Abroad and/or short, special programs and workshops.
  • Develop learning materials for the courses.
  • Implement, review and evaluate curriculum, recommending revisions as appropriate.
  • Participate in faculty meetings and professional development.
  • Review program applicants and participate in auditions, as appropriate.
  • Participate in programs for marketing and recruitment, as appropriate.
  • Participate in institutional advancement activities, alumni events, academic ceremonies, as appropriate.
  • Participate in the development of relationships with the society and the music industry at a local and international level.

Required Skills

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Background in formal vocal training
  • Piano skills for basic accompaniment of students; preference will be given to candidates with strong keyboard skills and coaching experience
  • Expertise and/or familiarity with several different contemporary musical styles
  • Professional experience in both live and studio settings
  • Familiarity with contemporary harmony & music theory
  • Ability to read music
  • Ability to write arrangements reflective of the contemporary music scene
  • Aptitude for embracing diversity in individuals, perspectives, musical styles, and curriculum
  • Ability to work in both traditional and non-traditional settings
  • Strong proactive approach to solving problems
  • Strong teamwork skills
  • Passion for music and the creative process
  • Passion for and commitment to teaching
  • Minimum level of English: B2 (Common European Language Framework)

Required Experience

  • Master of Music degree or equivalent professional experience
  • 5 years minimum teaching experience; college teaching experience preferred
  • Excellent musicianship
  • Experience as a songwriter is preferred
  • Experience with recorded production tools is preferred
  • Experience as an ensemble leader for all levels of students

How to apply

Electronic applications only. Please submit the following materials in PDF format to the address –

  • A letter of application explaining qualifications
  • A current resume or CV
  • Contact information for at least three professional references
  • Links to websites or online resources with representative samples of your performances

Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.

The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.  Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.  The position will remain open for applications until filled.

Berklee is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.