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Lecturer in Music Education

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University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
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40,322 - 49,553 a year
Interview Date
8 April 2021
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Role Description


Music Education is an increasingly important area within the Department of Music at the University of York: you will join an expanding team of Music Education specialists with particular interests in student-centred pedagogy, reflective practice and health and wellbeing. The Department as a whole provides a supportive and creative environment for both staff and students.

We seek a lecturer who will bring new areas of expertise in Music Education to the Department. These areas could include formal and informal pedagogical practices within international music education systems, and one-to-one, group and classroom teaching, but candidates with other Music Education specialisms are encouraged to apply. The post is offered on a full-time, open contract basis, and will include teaching, research and administration duties.


You will contribute to teaching and assessment on our MA in Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and will help to develop new types of teaching at MA level. You may also be required to contribute teaching and/or workshops for our BA students. You will supervise PhD students and MA students, preparing them for international careers in music education. You will undertake a programme of independent research that includes grant applications and that leads to high-quality outputs suitable for inclusion in the Department’s submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). Your administrative duties will involve participation in the departmental Board of Studies and relevant committees as well as activities related to pastoral care, student recruitment and public outreach.

We recognise the many benefits of a diverse workforce and are committed to ensuring an inclusive place to work, live and study. We particularly encourage applications from women and members of minority groups, who are underrepresented across the Department as a whole.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • You will have a PhD in the field of Music Education or a related discipline with appropriate academic teaching qualifications or a willingness to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.
  • You will have specialist knowledge of music education, including international music education systems and vocal/instrumental pedagogy.
  • You will have experience of research in music education including a range of research techniques and methodologies.
  • You will have experience in developing research objectives, projects and proposals and you will be able to evidence dissemination of research findings through various means, for example, publications in research journals or presentation of papers at conferences.
  • You will be able to design and deliver teaching material across a range of modules and programmes and have evidence of successful Higher Education course planning and student supervision.
  • You will have knowledge and experience of a range of teaching techniques to enthuse and engage students.
  • You will have highly developed oral and written communication skills and be able to engage successfully with international cohorts of students.
  • You will have a commitment to high quality, be able to display creativity, initiative and judgement in relation to your work and be able to plan and prioritise your own workload.
  • You will be able to demonstrate a collaborative ethos, be willing to work proactively with colleagues and display a positive attitude towards colleagues and students.
  • You will show commitment to the Department/University through the undertaking of management and administration duties.

Interview date: 8 April 2021

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Áine Sheil, Head of Department (

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