Sessional Lecturer: First Year Foundations in Music Theory and Aural Skills

The UBC School of Music is offering a new Sessional Lecturer appointment during either or both terms of the 2018–2019 academic year.  An Instructor is sought for each term for the following course: 

Course and Title: First Year Foundations in Music Theory and Aural Skills
(Listed as sections of MUSC 103 and 104)

Appointment Period: September 1 – December 31, 2018 and January 1 – April 30, 2019

Position Title: Sessional Lecturer (hourly pay scale)

Load6 hours/week contact time = 20.0% of full time (both terms)

Course content: Rudiments of music theory;  fundamental aural skills (scales, intervals, triads, basic solfege and sight singing); and basic keyboard skills to support learning of rudiments and aural skills.  Open only to B.Mus. students, on the basis of a placement examination.

Responsibilities: The teaching load includes up to 6 hours per week of contact time, presenting an integrated and intensive practical approach to building confident skills in the three areas, through lectures, group drills and practice, andguided individual work.

Qualifications: Candidates for this position must have a graduate degree in music theory, and experience teaching music theory and aural skills at the undergraduate level.  As per the Collective Agreement, UBC Sessional Lecturers who have taught music theory courses in 2018–19 will have first right of consideration.

Compensation: For 2018-19, the salary at Step 1 will be $7,455 per term, plus applicable benefits.

Please send a letter of application, up-to-date curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and other relevant evidence of teaching qualifications to:

Dr. Richard Kurth, Director, UBC School of Music
6361 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1Z2
Please send applications by email to:

Candidates for an initial appointment at UBC will be assessed principally on educational qualifications and professional experience relevant to this position.  Sessional Lecturers currently teaching at UBC and with qualifications appropriate to this course will be given first consideration, but they should write to the Director to indicate their interest in the position.  

All positions are subject to funding and are governed by UBC’s Agreement on Conditions of Appointment for Sessional and Part-time Faculty Members.


UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanentresidents of Canada. UBC is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.