TEACHING POSITION AVAILABLE:  July 2021-June 2023 (2 years)

MUSC 191/6.0 Theory and Analysis I
MUSC 397/3.0 or MUSC 398 or 399/3.0
and/or Private Composition Lessons MUSC-351, -354, -451, - 454

DAN SCHOOL OF DRAMA AND MUSIC, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON CAN K7L 3N6

Posting date: 8 March, 2021
Closing date: 19 April, 2021

The DAN School of Drama and Music at Queen’s University invites applications from suitably qualified candidates interested in teaching MUSC-191, Theory and Analysis I, a core first-year Theory course for Bachelor of Music students that is also open to any qualified undergraduate student at Queen’s. In addition, the successful applicant will be assigned the instruction of either MUSC-397, Introduction to MIDI Orchestration, or one of our upper-year seminars in counterpoint: MUSC-398, Modal Counterpoint, or MUSC-399, Tonal Counterpoint, depending on the applicant’s past experience. Assignment of private acoustic composition students is also possible (MUSC-351, -354, -451-, 454).

Due to the novel Coronavirus situation, in fall of 2021, the DAN School expects to be delivering courses remotely.

MUSC-191 has an expected enrolment of approximately 50 students and includes 3 hours of weekly tutorials, for which the instructor is remunerated above the course stipend, in addition to the 3 hours of lectures. MUSC-397, -398, and -399 are all seminar style courses with the enrollment capped at 24 students.

Candidates should have a M.A. or M.Mus, DMA or Ph.D, and teaching experience at the University level in theory and composition.  This is a two-year term appointment with benefits for the period July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023, with classes in session from September 1 to April 30 each year.   

The Dan School offers a comprehensive and cutting-edge undergraduate education in drama, music and music theatre and a certificate program in entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity.  Our faculty and our programs foster collaboration among our students in ways that extend the range of their skills and help to develop their imaginations and entrepreneurial abilities. Launched just a few years ago, our graduate program in Arts Leadership is thriving. The performance home of the Dan School is the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, a beautiful first-class facility on the shore of Lake Ontario, which contains a magnificent concert hall, a black box studio, a rehearsal hall, a recital hall, as well as range of studios, practice rooms, and classrooms.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is strongly committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from Black, racialized/visible minority and Indigenous/Aboriginal people, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during this process, please contact: Katherine Peter, Academic Program Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The academic staff at Queen's University are governed by the Collective Agreement between the Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) and the University, which is posted at http://www.queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/queens-qufa-collective-agreement.

To comply with Federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information about how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship, however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

Applications should include a letter of intent that includes links to recent compositions, performances and/or publications, a complete and current curriculum vitae, letters of reference from two (2) referees, and any other relevant materials the candidate wishes to submit for consideration such as a teaching dossier, etc. 

Please email* applications and supporting letters to:

Dr. Craig Walker, Director
DAN School of Drama and Music
c/o Ms. Katherine Peter, Academic Program Manager This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
*Please use the Subject line: AD REF #2, Candidate Name

Applications will be received until 19 April, 2021.  Review of applications will commence shortly thereafter, and the final appointment is subject to budgetary approval.  Additional information about the DAN School of Drama and Music can be found at https://sdm.queensu.ca/.


MUSC 191/6.0 Theory and Analysis I Diatonic voice-leading and harmony, principles of form and small structures (binary, ternary) through part-writing and analysis.
NOTE Students having received 80% or higher on a conservatory advanced rudiments exam may enroll in the course with permission of the School.
LEARNING HOURS 240 (72L;24T;144P)
PREREQUISITE (Registration in a MUTH or MUSC Specialization Plan) or a grade of A- in MUSC 104/3.0 or permission of the School.

MUSC-191, Theory and Analysis is a core first-year Theory course for Bachelor of Music students that is also open to any qualified undergraduate student at Queen’s. In addition, the successful applicant will be assigned the instruction of one of:

MUSC 397/3.0 Introduction to MIDI Orchestration
This course provides foundational knowledge in MIDI Orchestration and Digital Audio Workstation software. Students demonstrate their understanding of the technology by creating compositions in a variety of genres and styles. The final project introduces students to writing music to support a short video.
PREREQUISITE Level 3 in BMus or Level 3 and (3.0 from MAPP311/3.0 or MUSC255/3.0 or MUSC396/3.0) or permission of the School.
EXCLUSIONS MUSC 475/3.0 (Topic: Intro. To MIDI Orchestration)

MUSC 398/3.0 Modal Counterpoint Study, through rule-based writing, of 16th century modal counterpoint, from two-part species exercises to free counterpoint in Renaissance style.
PREREQUISITE MUSC 293/3.0 or permission of the School.

MUSC 399/3.0 Tonal Counterpoint Study, through composition, of the contrapuntal procedures of the 18th century, with an emphasis on J.S. Bach’s two-part inventions and fugues. LEARNING HOURS 114 (36L;78P) PREREQUISITE MUSC 293/3.0 or permission of the School.


Private composition lessons: MUSC 351/3.0, 354/6.0, 451/3.0, 454/6.0 Acoustic Composition

Guidance in the development of the student as a composer for instruments and voice.

NOTE Students must submit a portfolio of compositions to the Music Office by the last day of classes in the Winter Term. Admission is determined through evaluation of portfolios by a Faculty jury. Submission of a portfolio does not guarantee admission.


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