Southwestern Michigan College — Faculty – Music / Director of Bands

Faculty – Music / Director of Bands

Posting Number: 20110311-1
Job Category: Faculty

Job Description Summary:
Southwestern Michigan College, a two-year college located approximately 45 minutes north of South Bend, Indiana, and approximately 45 minutes from Lake Michigan's eastern shore is seeking a dedicated, enthusiastic and experienced Full-Time Faculty Member in our Department of Visual & Performing Arts.

The Director of Bands Faculty member is responsible for teaching a course load of applicable courses within the music discipline as well as coordinating various band performances throughout the SMC academic year, including support of an annual Spring Theatrical musical performance. The faculty member will have an interest in performance, music pedagogy, active professional record and vigorous interest in contemporary issues and approaches in the field.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s Degree in Music or a Master’s degree in a music-related field with a minimum of 18 graduate level credit hours in Music-related courses.
• Evidence of significant activity in the field; preferably both performance- and pedagogy-driven, with college teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Doctorate in Music-related field or Master’s degree in music-related field with at least 18 credit hours in Music Theory coursework.
• Five years of experience teaching in a community college environment.
• An active professional record.
• Knowledge of current instrumental pedagogy, literature, software and hardware, consistent with instruction needs.
• Knowledge and/or experience in the areas of audio engineering/technology, music technology, composition, and rock/jazz/pop styles.
• Experience conducting a community band.
• Experience conducting Musical Theatre productions.
• Experience developing and implementing recruiting strategies through relationship building and networking.
• Experience developing additional programming, such as summer performance camps, master classes, student performances beyond the academic semester, etc.
• Knowledge of NASM accreditation processes and experience developing curriculum for compliance.
• Knowledge of copyright and recording laws.

Other Information:

• Teach a range of college-level courses in music, spanning both lecture- and performance-based curricula, effectively using appropriate instructional technology and current pedagogy.
• Collaborate in developing curriculum and new course offerings for the Music program that ensures students have articulation pathways with partner institutions.
• Coordinating Applied Music courses; provide leadership, mentoring, and scheduling support for all adjunct instructors, as well as assistance with curriculum development, instructional technology, and course outcomes assessment.
• Engage in professional development to maintain currency with industry trends, teaching techniques, and advancements in software and emerging technologies.
• Provide course outcomes and assessment for each course taught within the Department.
• Provide academic advising and the mentoring of students.
• Promote active and collaborative learning through a variety of teaching methods.
• Demonstrate a strong commitment to student success.
• Demonstrate a commitment and sensitivity to issues of inclusion and diversity, both within the classroom and in the field of music.


• Conduct the SMC bands and ensembles.
• In collaboration with the performing arts department, ensure all College owned music equipment is inventoried and maintained regularly.

Recruitment and Program Building

• Work with applicable faculty and staff to promote SMC to meet college enrollment goals.
• Identify and maintain relationships with area high school music program directors


• Participate in departmental functions and college-wide activities.
• The duties listed in this job description are not all-inclusive, but a list of the major responsibilities. Additional duties not noted in the job description may be assigned by a supervisor.

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