Ohio, USA
Cleveland Institute of Music
Music Theory Faculty

The Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), a private, independent conservatory, announces a full-time faculty opening in Music Theory to begin in Fall 2022. CIM has a 100-year history of providing classical musical training at the highest level for both 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. Further information on the school, faculty, students, and programs may be found at www.cim.edu.

We seek a colleague who is passionate about teaching within an integrated and rigorous skills-based undergraduate core which is focused primarily on preparing our students to perform or compose with technical prowess and informed, compelling artistry in the relentless quest for the highest level of excellence. Furthermore, the ideal candidate will be forward-thinking in their pedagogy and enhance our identity as a leading American conservatory committed to graduating young artists who will be the future of classical music. Although candidates with post-tonal expertise are preferred, all specialties are welcome and will receive full consideration.


- A skills-focused undergraduate core of written theory, keyboard, singing, and dictation
- Upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework
- Mentoring of undergraduate theses
- Seminars
- Teaching assignments may include in-person, hybrid, and remote classes

Additional duties, pending 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 new general-education curriculum, and developing collaborative projects with Case Western Reserve University and/or the Cleveland Institute of Art.


- A completed Ph.D. (or ABD) in music theory, or a completed terminal degree in a related field
- A proven record of university-level teaching


Review of applications begins 6 December 2021. Candidates should submit a CV, cover letter, a URL to a teaching video, and the names and contact information for three references. Please submit all application materials through the CIM online portal.


Please direct any questions related to the search to Sam Bivens (sam.bivens@cim.edu), chair of the Theory Faculty Search Committee.


- CIM does not employ a traditional rank-and-tenure system.
- Due to the nature of our undergraduate core curriculum, candidates should be prepared to demonstrate excellence in keyboard harmony, sight singing, and aural skills at an early stage of the interview process.

The Cleveland Institute of Music is an equal employment opportunity employer and educator and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, political affiliation or veteran status.