California, USA
Pepperdine University
Assistant Professor of Music - Piano/Theory

The Fine Arts Division of Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences at Pepperdine University seeks a pianist with strong experience in the collaborative arts and a significant pedagogical background in Music Theory beginning August 1, 2024.


This faculty member will teach private lessons in piano and courses in the music theory core curriculum. The position will provide service to the Fine Arts Division and Seaver College, as appropriate. As a member of the Music Program, the position will participate in recruiting piano students, coordinate chamber music in collaboration with other instrumental faculty, participate in the oversight of recitals, juries, and the instrumental music curriculum, and assign student and staff pianists to private music lessons across the program. DMA, Ph.D., or equivalent in Music, required.


While developing and maintaining a regional and national reputation as an artist/teacher, the successful candidate will show a clear artistic and scholarly agenda and be able to articulate how those goals serve the mission of a liberal arts music program. The exceptional candidate will show an ability to prepare and teach students in a manner that reflects the diverse range of musical opportunities of the 21st century. As teaching is our foremost emphasis at Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences (within Pepperdine University), candidates should also demonstrate exceptional interest and effectiveness in mentoring undergraduate students.

Successful candidates will demonstrate an active commitment to Pepperdine University's Christian mission and the mission of Seaver College. The Fine Arts Division and University are broadly committed to belonging, equity, and inclusion and we especially welcome applications from candidates who are dedicated to advancing these ideals. Pepperdine University is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

The salary for this appointment will range from $84,000 to $91,619 and reflects what Pepperdine University reasonably expects to pay for this faculty appointment. Actual salary may vary based on the qualifications and experience of the applicant.

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Applicants are required to submit the following documents:

> A letter of application
> A curriculum vitae
> Three current letters of reference. All letters should be specific to the position and completed within one year prior to the date of submission. The name and email address for each individual providing a letter of recommendation is required when submitting an application.
> Transcripts of all graduate work (Unofficial copies are acceptable for the application; however, official transcripts may be required for selected applicants.)
> Teaching statement. The teaching statement should reflect on the candidate’s values, beliefs, and goals regarding the teaching and learning process and any pedagogical practices used or envisioned to achieve these goals. Two to three pages maximum length is requested.
> Scholarly/Creative agenda. The statement should outline applicants’ short- and long-term objectives and goals for their research and/or creative activities. Candidates should reflect on currently published or presented work(s) as a foundation for the statement. Two to three pages maximum length is requested. Applicants should include links to teaching videos of undergraduate piano lessons (10-20 minutes each) and a link to recent, unedited performance videos including solo and collaborative performances.
> Response to Mission. Pepperdine University’s mission statement declares that we are a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Religiously affiliated with the churches of Christ, it is the purpose of Pepperdine to pursue the very highest employment and academic standards within a context which celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith. In pursuit of its mission, Pepperdine reserves the right to recruit and hire persons who richly embrace the goals and Christian mission of the University. Candidates should thoughtfully reflect on the Christian missions of Pepperdine University and Seaver College and address the following areas in their response: 1) A consistent pattern of support for generally accepted Christian values and the mission of Pepperdine University. 2) Active participation in a community of faith. 3) Either current practice or vision for integrating faith and learning in the classroom.

Application review will begin October 15, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check is required as a condition of employment.


Dr. Ryan Board (ryan.board@pepperdine.edu)
Fine Arts Division, Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263