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Job Posting – Contracted Postsecondary Teaching Position

Position Title: Instructor of The Creative Impulse (MUSC 140)

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The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), on behalf of the VCM Department of Postsecondary Studies, and in partnership with Camosun College, is currently accepting applications for the position of: Instructor of The Creative Impulse (MUSC 140)

Application Closing Date: 15 June 2017

Position Start Date: 8 January 2018; course development to take place during fall 2017

We kindly ask all expressing interest in this position to submit a covering letter, resume, relevant supporting materials, and the contact information for two references to:

David Visentin, VCM Director of Postsecondary Studies. Application materials can be left at the VCM Administration Office or forwarded electronically to visentin@vcm.bc.ca (preferred).

The successful applicant will hold a recognized postsecondary credential or documented professional experience in music with a strong component or research/performance interest in music/arts creativity drawn from such interdisciplinary sources including visual, literary, film, theatre arts, the social sciences, and philosophy. Cultural, sociological, and historical contexts for creativity are highlighted as expected elements of the course description.

As a member of the VCM theory faculty, the successful candidate must possess a fluent range of knowledge of standard materials for instruction of this discipline of music/arts creativity at the postsecondary level; and should be able to demonstrate expertise within this area.

Preference may be given to candidates with a Masters’ Degree or higher. Proven evidence of teaching experience and relevant professional excellence is required.

For the term January-April 2018, the position will entail 3 hours per week classroom instruction in a face-to-face enhanced structure supported, if required, by the Camosun College Desire to Learn (D2L) instructional platform. All classes take place at the VCM.

The class meeting schedule is tentatively set as of the time of this posting – Tuesday, 2:30-5:30pm (subject to change). The instructional term is according to the calendar of Camosun College http://camosun.ca/events/important-dates.html?y=2018 .

The terms of engagement are comprised in the standard VCM one-year letter of agreement for contracted teachers.

Job Posting – Contracted Postsecondary Teaching Position

Position Title: Instructor of Composing as Singer-Songwriter (MUSC 241)

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The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), on behalf of the VCM Department of Postsecondary Studies, and in partnership with Camosun College, is currently accepting applications for the position of: Instructor of The Creative Impulse (MUSC 140)

Application Closing Date: 15 June 2017

Position Start Date: 8 January 2018; course development to take place during fall 2017

We kindly ask all expressing interest in this position to submit a covering letter, resume, relevant supporting materials, and the contact information for two references to:

David Visentin, VCM Director of Postsecondary Studies. Application materials can be left at the VCM Administration Office or forwarded electronically to visentin@vcm.bc.ca (preferred).

The successful applicant will hold a recognized postsecondary credential or documented professional experience in composition and arranging, with specialized experience in the genre of singer-songwriting. A background in singing would be an strong asset. Candidates should demonstrate professional abilities as a songwriter and arranger, including composing music and lyrics for various genres and styles and set as vocals with various forms of accompaniment.

In this course, composing original music for solo vocals with light instrumental accompaniment and the joining of words and music through melodic development, working collaboratively, and producing a finished score will be emphasized.

As a member of the VCM theory faculty, the successful candidate must possess fluency with historical, sociological, technical, and stylistic aspects of writing and arranging, as well as knowledge of standard materials for instruction of this discipline of music at the postsecondary level.

Preference may be given to candidates with a Masters’ Degree or higher. Proven evidence of teaching experience and relevant professional excellence is required.

For the term January-April 2018, the position will entail 3 hours per week classroom instruction in a face-to-face enhanced structure supported, if required, by the Camosun College Desire to Learn (D2L) instructional platform.

All classes take place at the VCM. The class meeting schedule is tentatively set as of the time of this posting – Wednesday, 6:00-9:00pm (subject to change). The instructional term is according to the calendar of Camosun College http://camosun.ca/events/important-dates.html?y=2018 .

The terms of engagement are comprised in the standard VCM one-year letter of agreement for contracted teachers.

TEACHING POSITIONS POSTING

Courses under:

 Certificate in Music Teaching

 

The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), on behalf of the VCM Department of Postsecondary Studies, is currently accepting applications for the instructor positions for the following courses under a new Certificate in Music Teaching.

Beginning in September 2017, the VCM is offering a new Certificate in Music Teaching (CMT) program. The CMT is a two-term, 11 hour/week, 28-week certificate program offered through the Victoria Conservatory of Music and accredited through the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB).

The program is designed for those who will work with students through individual and group music instruction in a private studio setting, whether independent or in conjunction with an established music institution. The program builds upon understanding and skills gained through a previously-achieved postsecondary credential of music or music teaching, or through recognized professional experience teaching music.

The Certificate in Music Teaching is ideal for the emerging professional music teacher or for the established professional teacher who desires a strong skills-upgrading training program, rooted in both traditional and contemporary modes of teaching music and musical creativity, to support their continuing career in the music teaching studio. Entering students are assessed for their readiness to both thrive and succeed in our creativity-centred and skills-focused postsecondary learning environment. Upon achievement of the Certificate in Music Teaching, graduates are able to work in an independent or private music teaching studio.

The successful applicant will hold a recognized postsecondary credential or documented professional experience in composition and arranging, with specialized experience in the disciplines related to music pedagogy and literature. A background in teaching is an essential asset. Candidates should demonstrate professional abilities, including a proven track record of success in the course(s) for which they are applying. As a member of the VCM Music Teaching faculty, the successful candidate must possess fluency with historical, sociological, technical, and stylistic aspects of music teaching and skilled instruction, as well as knowledge of standard materials for instruction of these disciplines of music at the postsecondary level. Preference may be given to candidates with a Masters’ Degree or higher.  Proven evidence of teaching experience and relevant professional excellence is required.

We invite those interested in exploring these opportunities further to submit a covering letter, resume, relevant supporting materials, and the contact information for two references to: David Visentin, VCM Director of Postsecondary Studies. Application materials can be left at the VCM Administration Office or forwarded electronically to visentin@vcm.bc.ca (preferred).

 

NOTE: . All classes take place at the VCM.  The class meeting schedule is to be decided and may involve evening classes. There may be the option of delivering the class content in condensed timeframes, if deemed appropriate. The instructional term follows the same calendar as Camosun College – September to December and January to April and 14+1 weeks per term.  The terms of engagement are comprised in the standard VCM one-year letter of agreement for contracted teachers.

Application Closing Date:  15 July 2017

Position Start Date:  September 2017; Schedule to be discussed and determined

IMPORTANT: Course and/or position offerings are contingent upon a minimum class enrollment of 4 students. Some courses and/or positions may not be offered.

 

 

 

Instructor of Studio Teaching

MPED 200A/B

Piano, Voice, Woodwinds/Brass

Applicants must possess expertise in one of the above listed specializations.

Essential skills for delivering effective music instruction in a studio setting are introduced by specialist teacher- performers. Focus is on methodology, course structure, and delivery of learning experiences for students on like- or solo instrument. MPED 200A focusses on beginning to intermediate student levels, MPED 200B on intermediate to advanced student levels. Restricted to advanced practitioners of music, and limited to specific instrument or style groups.

Co-Requisite: MUSI 290; or permission of the Senior Educational Administrator gained through demonstration of concurrent enrolment in a transfer equivalent course at a BC post-secondary institution.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Establish and maintain a well-appointed, respectful, and nurturing learning environment appropriate to the instruction of students in one-on-one or small group setting.
  2. Formulate on behalf of a private lesson music student a course of study to reach short and long-term goals.
  3. Assess performance of a private lesson music student and prepare with the student an individualized plan to remedy deficiencies and prosper strengths.
  4. Leverage a variety of strategies to establish in a private lesson student a quality performance technique in line with desires and interests of an individual student, and compatible with current understandings of performance health.

Delivery: 2 hour lecture per week, 2×14 weeks instruction; additional scheduled term examination PLA: No       Co-Op: No           Grades:  Numerical, 60/100 for pass

For the term January-April 2018, the position will entail 3 hours per week classroom instruction in a face-to-face enhanced structure supported, if required, by the Camosun College Desire to Learn (D2L) instructional platform. All classes take place at the VCM.  The class meeting schedule is tentatively set as of the time of this posting – Wednesday, 6:00-9:00pm (subject to change).   The instructional term is according to the calendar The terms of engagement are comprised in the standard VCM one-year letter of agreement for contracted teachers.

 

 

Instructor of Studio Materials

MPED 201A/B

Piano, Voice, Woodwinds/Brass

 

Applicants must possess expertise in one of the above listed specializations.

Essential teaching materials for effective music instruction in a studio setting are introduced by specialist teacher- performers. Print, electronic, aural-tradition, and original material to support learning for beginning and intermediate private music students is considered. MPED 201A focusses on beginning to intermediate student levels, MPED 201B on intermediate to advanced student levels. Restricted to advanced practitioners of music, and limited to specific instrument or style groups.

Co-Requisite: MUSI 290; or permission of the Senior Educational Administrator gained through demonstration of concurrent enrolment in a transfer equivalent course at a BC post-secondary institution.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Appraise a variety of teaching materials for potential effectiveness in supporting student learning through private instruction.
  2. List available print, electronic, and aural-tradition teaching material for best use in private instruction of music, and design small-scale original materials to fill gaps in the existing material-base.
  3. Create a curriculum from available published and original materials to assist a private lesson music student progress to the next level.
  4. Assemble from available and original materials a balanced program of study, covering a range of styles and promoting a range of skills, for a private lesson music student

Delivery: 2 hour lecture per week, 2×14 weeks instruction; additional scheduled term examination PLA: No       Co-Op: No           Grades:  Numerical, 60/100 for pass

 

 

 

Instructor of Guided Teaching 1

MPED 205A/B

Piano, Voice, Woodwinds/Brass

 

Applicants must possess expertise in one of the above listed specializations.

Under direct supervision of a specialist teacher, experience in the teaching studio will be gained through one-on-one work with an individual private music student. Teaching will be conducted under the auspices of the Victoria Conservatory of Music according to the standing policies outlined in the VCM post-secondary “Work Experience Policy.”  May be taken only once for credit.

Pre-/Co-Requisite:  MPED 200A or B; or MPED 201A or B.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Assess with assistance the current performance level of an individual student;
  2. Plan lesson plans with assistance to meet the short-term (weekly) and longer-term (monthly) goals;
  3. With assistance, solicit expressions of and discuss with an individual student short-term (weekly) and longer- term (monthly) music learning goals;
  4. Identify with assistance learning materials, resources, and strategies appropriate to the learning needs of an individual student;
  5. Create with assistance a learning environment which promotes growth of an individual music student.

Delivery: Under the “Work Experience Policy” 0.5 hour weekly conducted one-on-one lesson with  a  single registered VCM private lesson student on VCM premises, 2×10 weeks; 9 hours scheduled seminar and  demonstration teaching.

PLA: Yes      Co-Op: Yes          Grades:  pass/fail (2 credits are granted)

 

 

 

Instructor of Music Teaching Seminar

MPED 210

Music teachers will study specialized topics common to the teaching of music to individuals and studio-sized classes through lecture, research, and experiential learning. Topic of the term will be determined by the interest and specializations of the department and its students on a rotational cycle.  May be repeated four times for credit.

Co-Requisite:  one course MPED 200-level

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of a specialized music topic and its relation to fine music teaching through creation of related teaching materials and processes for use in the lesson setting.
  2. Create a working connection between the area of musical specialization and own personal music teaching area;
  3. Write on an original idea within the specialized music teaching topic, expressing research and music analysis in a scholarly format.

Delivery:  1 hour lecture weekly, 14 weeks, additional scheduled term examination

PLA: No       Co-Op: No           Grades:  Numerical, 60/100 for pas

 

 

Instructor of Private Instruction

MUSI 290

Piano, Voice, Woodwinds/Brass

 

Applicants must possess expertise in one of the above listed specializations.

Students receive intensive training on a principal instrument through weekly one-on-one instruction. Emphasis is placed on performance health and establishment of essential instrumental/vocal skills fundamental to the roll of private lesson studio teacher. May be repeated as needed to satisfy necessary MPED 200A/B, MPED 201A/B, and MPED 206 A/B co-requisite requirements.

Co-Requisite:  MPED 200A or B, or MPED 201A or B

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Propose and justify a regime of personal practice to meet selected instrumental, technical, musical, and performance goals;
  2. Evaluate and revise current approach to the instrument to maintain a practice which is free from physically injurious characteristics;
  3. Prepare to performance standard a selection of the established and emerging repertoire for chosen instrument;
  4. Maintain and present on-demand a comprehensive slate of technical and tonal elements appropriate for successful performance of the instrument’s professional repertoire;
  5. Appraise musical and performance practice characteristics in own performance in common musical styles.
  6. Describe the salient characteristics of the musical works chosen from the standard performance repertoire.

Delivery:  1 hour private lesson, 14-weeks (no examination)

PLA: No       Co-Op: No           Grades: Pass/fail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEACHING POSITIONS POSTING

Courses under:

Certificate in Music Technologies

The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM), on behalf of Camosun College and the VCM Department of Postsecondary Studies, is currently accepting applications for the instructor positions for the following courses under the Certificate in Music Technologies.

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For the upcoming 2017-2018 academic year, the VCM is launching the next set of courses needed to complete the new Certificate in Music Technologies. All courses offered for this certificate are fully-accredited through Camosun College.

The Music Technologies certificate program is offered exclusively online through a partnership between the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College. Designed for accomplished musicians, this program will allow students to acquire a basic competency in digital technologies applicable to modern practice in professional music-making. Students will learn about digital notation, music sequencing, digital instrumentation, audio recording, mixing and editing.

The Music Technologies certificate is a series of courses which may be taken part-time over three semesters. Course content covers basic software and hardware technologies and explores practical applications of technologies.

This credential supplements and complements traditional practical or academic postsecondary music credentials and may be taken parallel to the Diploma in Music Performance program or other postsecondary music credential, or concurrent with active professional practice in music. Upon successful completion of the certificate, graduates will be well-prepared to apply basic music technologies to the active practice of music in a professional or educational setting, or to continue to the advanced study of individual technologies for personal or professional use.

Successful teaching candidates will hold a recognized postsecondary credential in music and/or documented professional experience in music technology, with specialization in the disciplines related to courses listed. A prior background in teaching, a familiarity with the online classroom, and a particular interest in developing and/or maintaining online educational materials are essential assets. Potential candidates will be asked to demonstrate professional abilities, having provided in their application a proven track record of success in the course(s) for which they apply. As a member of the VCM Music Teaching Faculty, successful candidates must possess fluency with and knowledge of standard materials for instruction of these disciplines of music study at the postsecondary level. Preference will be given to candidates with a related Master’s Degree or higher, in addition to proven evidence of teaching experience and relevant professional excellence.

We invite those interested in exploring these opportunities further to submit a covering letter, resume, relevant supporting materials, and the contact information for two references to: David Visentin, VCM Director of Postsecondary Studies. Application materials can be left at the VCM Administration Office or forwarded electronically to visentin@vcm.bc.ca (preferred).

NOTE: All courses listed are designed to be delivered exclusively through Camosun College’s distance learning platform Desire2Learn (D2L). Each course will involve its own combination of content development, implementation for online delivery, and/or adaptation of existing materials. Please see attached course descriptions for more information on these teaching requirements, including the dates each course is scheduled to be offered.

Application Closing Date:  31 July 2017, or until filled

Position Start Date:  September 2017; Schedule to be discussed and determined

IMPORTANT: Course and/or position offerings are contingent upon a minimum class enrollment. Some courses and/or positions may not be offered.

Instructor of MTEC 212

Music Sequencing and Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)

In this course, students will learn the basics of music sequencing and applications of the digital audio workstation (DAW) through use of a variety of current music sequencing software. Skills gained will allow students to render moderately complex music from written notation into sounding music formats.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:

  1. Work effectively with a basic digital audio workstation (DAW) in the rendering of electronically-generated music for use in personal portfolio development.
  2. Produce moderately complex musical examples demonstrating effective music sequencing using software programs.
  3. Discuss the attributes of a variety of music sequencing software programs in their application to professional and academic settings.
  4. Discuss the attributes of and assemble a well-formed DAW in its application to professional and academic settings.

For the term January-April 2018, the course will entail a 2 hour per week online class participation through the D2L platform.  The term is 14 weeks. Credits: 2. Prior to offering the course, the instructor will participate in the adaptation of existing materials used to teach the course, implementation for online delivery, and possible further content development. The terms of engagement are comprised in the standard VCM one-year letter of agreement for contracted teachers.

Instructor of MTEC 220

Music Recording: Fundamentals

In this course, students will learn fundamental elements of digital audio recording. A variety of acoustic settings and performance groups, acoustic and electronic, will be studied. Focus will be on audio recording live music performance for personal and light-commercial use using software. Both commonplace and professional-caliber recording hardware will be explored.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:

  1. Identify and set up appropriate equipment to record digital audio of acoustic performance. Capture a digital audio recording of a live acoustic musical performance for personal or light-commercial use.
  2. Discuss the attributes and applications of a variety of digital audio recording software programs and hardware elements for personal, light-commercial, or academic use.
  3. Apply basic and essential audio mixing techniques in a variety of music recording settings to recordings for personal, academic, or light-commercial use.

For the term September-December 2017, the course will entail a 2 hour per week online class participation through the D2L platform. The term is 14 weeks. Credits: 2. Prior to offering the course, the instructor will participate in the adaptation of existing online materials used to teach the course. The terms of engagement are comprised in the standard VCM one-year letter of agreement for contracted teachers.

Instructor of MTEC 222

Digital Audio Mixing & Editing

In this course, students will learn fundamental skills of digital audio mixing and editing of recorded music using current software. A full range of post-recording aspects of production from raw data to produced delivery format will be explored. Focus will be on audio production for personal and light-commercial use.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course a student will be able to:

  1. Perform basic mixing techniques on recorded digital audio material to produce a recording appropriate for portfolio presentation.
  2. Apply basic techniques of music editing in the production of an audio recording appropriate for portfolio presentation.
  3. Apply EQ (equalization) sampled and algorithmic reverberation in the production of a finished recording appropriate for portfolio presentation.
  4. Complete the process of producing and delivering a basic audio recording in contemporary delivery format.
  5. Discuss the attributes and applications of a variety of digital audio mixing and editing software programs in their application to professional and academic settings.

For the term January-April 2018, the course will entail a 2 hour per week online class participation through the D2L platform. The term is 14 weeks. Credits: 2. Prior to offering the course, the instructor will participate in the adaptation of existing materials used to teach the course, implementation for online delivery, and possible further content development. The terms of engagement are comprised in the standard VCM one-year letter of agreement for contracted teachers.