College of Arts & Letters


Department of Music

Assistant Professor of Music

Starting Date:

August, 2019

Minimum Qualifications:

1) An earned Master’s Degree in Music from an accredited institution is required at the time of application.
2) Evidence of successful university or conservatory teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
3) Evidence of professional experience in at least one of the following: Jazz, Afro Latin, Commercial Drumming/Percussion, in addition to professional experience with Orchestral Percussion.

Preferred Qualifications:

1) Evidence of successful teaching experience at the graduate level.
2) Demonstrated expertise in a closely-related discipline, including, but not limited to: Commercial Harmony, History of Rock, Jazz or World Music, Music Theory, and/or Ear Training.
3) Evidence of experience using technology specific to percussion instruments and drum set in a live performance setting (e.g., how to mic the instruments, etc.).


The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will teach applied percussion and/or drum set lessons, and courses related to percussion methods and instrumental music education, with additional courses or ensembles contingent upon the candidate’s expertise, interest, and department needs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will actively work to recruit percussion and drum set students to the department and assist with growing the percussion performance area, collaborate with other faculty to give students the opportunity to perform in a variety of ensembles and venues, collaborate with other faculty as performing and/or composing musicians, and actively participate in the department’s vision to serve the community through workshops and outreach.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.


Initial salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) is the premier comprehensive public university in the heart of Los Angeles. Cal State LA is ranked number one in the United States for the upward mobility of its students. The University is dedicated to engagement, service, and the public good, offering nationally recognized programs in science, the arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education, and the humanities. Founded in 1947, Cal State LA serves more than 28,000 students and more than 240,000 distinguished alumni. A majority of the University’s alumni live in the Los Angeles region, enriching their communities and contributing to the vitality of the local economy. Cal State LA is focused on developing a new bioscience entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Valley regions through partnerships with local business. To provide increased educational opportunities, Cal State LA recently opened a campus in downtown Los Angeles that offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as professional development and certificate programs. The university is home to the critically acclaimed Luckman Fine Arts Complex, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center, Hydrogen Research and Fueling Facility, Billie Jean King Sports Complex and the TV, Film and Media Center.

The College:

The College of Arts & Letters at California State University, Los Angeles, is an engaged, diverse, and creative community committed to nurturing the next generation of humanists and artists and to providing a distinctive liberal arts education to all Cal State LA students.

The College is home to nationally acclaimed undergraduate and graduate programs in the humanities and the visual, media, and performing arts, delivered by an award-winning faculty committed to helping students reach their full potential academically, professionally, creatively, and personally.  Our nine departments (Art, Communication Studies, English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, Philosophy, Television, Film & Media Studies, and Theatre and Dance) include programs that lead to Bachelor and Masters of Arts degrees, Bachelor and Masters of Music degrees, and Masters of Arts and Masters of Fine Arts degrees.

Located in one of the most vibrant and creative cosmopolitan centers of the world, our students have access to renowned venues and a rich variety of scholars, artists, and performers from a host of fields and professions. Our campus boasts one of the most diverse student populations in the country, a fact that helps us to prepare Arts & Letters graduates for successful careers in today’s multicultural environment and global economy.

The Department:

The Cal State LA Department of Music welcomes talented, motivated students of all backgrounds, offering rigorous and thorough programs of study to prepare students to achieve their fullest potential as music professionals, artists, and citizens. To achieve this mission, the Department of Music strives to emphasize excellent musicianship and critical thinking, both in music and in higher education; to celebrate the artistic and cultural diversity of our students, faculty, and community, and to reflect that throughout our curriculum; to commit to a broad, global approach to the study of harmony, musicianship, and music literature across our curriculum; to continually strive to foster the evolution of our program, highlighting the strengths of our faculty and students; to embrace our role in Los Angeles and acknowledge the relevance that our location has to our students; to increase the relevance and recognition of the important role of music in the university community; and to recruit a broad spectrum of faculty and students that reflects the goals of the department.

Required Documentation:

Please submit the following to the Search Committee Chair at the email address below:
1) A cover letter specifically addressing minimum and preferred qualifications.
2) A curriculum vitae.
3) A narrative statement describing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic urban campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students.
4) A list of three professional references.
5) A University Application for Employment Form
6) 3 to 4 high quality audio or video performance examples (Links or URLs can be embedded in the PDF application.) Performance samples should be representative of the minimum and preferred qualifications.
7) One video sample of classroom teaching or a master class.

Finalists will be required to submit:
1) Official transcripts.
2) Three current letters of recommendation.

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. 


Review of applications will begin January 7, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please email all application materials in a single PDF to: Department of Music Chair, Dr. Emily Moss, Please type “Department of Music, Tenure-Track Application” in the subject line.

Please address all questions to the search committee chair (Dr. Paul De Castro) at: or 323-343-4079.

Note: The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. To that end, all qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.