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Associate Lecturer in Music Education

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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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.

We seek an Associate Lecturer with expertise in music education. The post is offered as a full-time, open contract and will include teaching and administration duties. Candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply: woodwind pedagogy; special educational needs; historically informed performance and pedagogy. Candidates should have the ability to situate their practice within rigorous cultural, theoretical and historical contexts.

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.


You will deliver teaching (both practice-based and theory-led) on the MA in Music Education: Instrumental and Vocal Teaching and will also help to develop new types of teaching at MA level. You may also be required to contribute teaching and/or workshops for our BA Music and MA Music students. You will supervise independent postgraduate projects in Music Education, with the opportunity to supervise independent undergraduate and postgraduate student projects in other areas of Music. 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.

Skills, Experience & Qualifications needed

  • You will have a PhD in Music Education or a related subject with appropriate academic teaching qualifications or a willingness to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice.
  • You will have specialist knowledge of music education systems across the world; knowledge of special educational needs, woodwind pedagogy, historically informed performance and/or issues in critical musicology would be an advantage.
  • You will be able to design and deliver teaching material across a range of modules and programmes and demonstrate 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.
  • You will have a commitment to high quality, and be able to display creativity, initiative and judgement.
  • You will 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 administration duties.

Interview date: 9 April 2021

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

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