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Music Theory Faculty

Cleveland Institute of Music
Job Location:
Cleveland, Ohio

Company Overview

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), founded in 1920 with composer Ernest Bloch as the founding director, is one of just seven independent conservatories of music in the United States, one of three devoted exclusively to classical music performance and the only nestled in America's heartland. CIM's campus - in the world-class center of innovation in healthcare, education and arts & culture known as University Circle - offers an incomparable environment for learning, study and artistic development.

CIM's graduates command the most celebrated and revered stages in the world as soloists, chamber musicians and ensemble members; compose meaningful, award-winning new repertoire; and are highly sought-after teaching artists, administrators and though leaders. More than half of the members of The Cleveland Orchestra are connected to CIM as members of the faculty, alumni or both. The Institute's diverse talent tapestry uniquely positions CIM as the future of classical music.

All CIM students benefit from access to world-renowned visiting artists and conductors, intensive study with CIM's stellar faculty and the rich curriculum offered by CIM's partner Case Western Reserve University, CIM's Center for Innovative Musicianship (known as CIM²) embraces the school's mission to empower the world's most talented classical music students to fulfill their dreams and potential by offering extensive experiential opportunities for students to foster the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition into a professional career.

CIM is an integral part of Cleveland's art community, presenting nearly 600 free performances and master classes on campus each year, and hundreds more at locations throughout the region, including Severance Hall, which is widely regarded as one of the world's finest concert halls. Students and faculty engage with partners including The Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Institute of Art and other cultural, educational and community organizations to create classical music that is as vibrant and varied as the city of Cleveland.

Job Summary

Cleveland’s hub for innovation in healthcare, education, and arts & culture - announces at least two full-time faculty positions in Music Theory to begin in Fall 2023. CIM has a 102-year history of providing classical musical training at the highest level for preparatory, undergraduate, and graduate populations. As it moves into its second century, CIM actively embraces the challenges and opportunities of the ever-changing musical and social landscape in preparing its students for musical careers of distinction and impact; accordingly, the theory curriculum is designed to develop their abilities to be creative, courageous artists, and critical thinkers. Committed also to hosting and stimulating thoughtful debate and dialogue, CIM recently co-sponsored Theorizing African-American Music for scholars nationwide.

Required Qualifications:

  • a completed Ph.D. in music theory, or
  • a completed terminal degree in music, or
  • ABD with requirements completed by September 2023

Desired Qualification:

  • a proven record of university-level teaching

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • a skills-focused undergraduate core of written theory, keyboard, singing, and dictation;
  • upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework;
  • mentoring of undergraduate theses;
  • seminars

Additional duties, depending on candidate interest, may include (but are not limited to): serving on CIM faculty and DMA-examination committees, developing and/or teaching coursework in CIM’s general-education curriculum, teaching music theory at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) through our Joint Music Program, or serving as a mentor for the Future of Music Faculty program, which identities and supports early career Black and Latinx professionals pursuing musical disciplines in higher education.

We are seeking candidates who have experience working with diverse populations and approach the discipline of music theory from a broad array of perspectives, including Western European music, as well as early music, jazz, popular, and non-Western music. Due to the nature of our undergraduate core curriculum, candidates should be competent and prepared to demonstrate excellence in keyboard harmony, sight singing, and aural skills during the interview process.

Review of applications begins 1 December 2022. Candidates should submit a CV, cover letter, a URL to a teaching video, and the names and email addresses of three references to contact for letters of recommendation. Please submit all application materials online to: For questions related to the search please email:, chair of the Theory Faculty Search Committee.

Benefits and Perks

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance.
  • Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts.
  • Retirement with a matching contribution after one year of service.
  • Company paid short-term and long-term disability insurance.
  • Tuition discount for employees and dependents.
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