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Career Opportunities

Located on the Lək̓ʷəŋən traditional territory, known today as the Songhees, Esquimalt, WSÁNEĆ (Tsartlip, Tseycum, and Tsawout) and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) Nations, the Victoria Conservatory of Music identifies equity, diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and reconciliation among its guiding ideals, and encourages applications from candidates of all identities and backgrounds.

The Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) is much more than just a music school; it is a creative hub where music, technology, and vision converge – an environment where students can stretch their musical imaginations. Our beautiful heritage Alix Goolden Performance Hall is a premier concert space for the Greater Victoria region. In addition, this is a place where people come for the health and wellness benefits that music brings through our renowned Music Therapy program. We are a community that inspires, nurtures, and enriches through excellence in music education, performance, and wellness.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Please Note: While we happily accept open applications, we reserve the right to only contact applicants who may be of interest to the Conservatory. All successful applicants for positions at the Victoria Conservatory of Music must undertake a current Criminal Record review.

Staff Positions

Venues Front of House Staff
Hours: On-call/casual. Compensation: $21 – $22.00/hour. Start Date: As soon as possible. Please submit a resume by email to Melody Benbow, Venues and Booking Manager, at [email protected]
Key Responsibilities

Concert and event service/coordination for venues Front of House. Duties include managing and coordinating volunteer ushers, box office ticket sales and entry scanning, audience experience, cash handling reconciliation, and concession inventory. Other technical Venues or front-of-house experience would be an asset.

Qualifications and Requirements
  • Clear and confident communication skills for serving the public.
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Accurate cash balancing and reconciling skills.
  • A friendly and helpful personality to interact professionally with patrons, artists, clients, other staff, and volunteers.

Instructor Positions

Instructor for Infant/Toddler & Preschool Group Music Classes

Compensation: Paid monthly according to hours submitted, using the Conservatory’s established pay rates for in-community teaching, currently at $44.90 plus mileage as per Conservatory rates for program delivery at community sites.

Application Deadline: April 9, 2024, or until the position is filled.

Start Date: September 1, 2024.

To apply: Submit via email a cover letter and resume, relevant supporting materials, and contact information for two references to: Office of the Dean, [email protected]
Attn: Dr. Johanne Brodeur Ph.D., MTA, Dept Head for Early Childhood Music


Overview

As a member of the Conservatory’s faculty, the successful applicant will be an integral part of the growth and success of the Department of Early Childhood Music and must be passionate about bringing positive change to the community. All faculty are independently contracted as service providers and paid hourly according to established fee grid. The Conservatory’s Early Childhood Music programming is in high demand and offers instructors the opportunity to build out their teaching with the Conservatory as desired while maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

Strengths and Skills
  • Familiarity with age-appropriate music repertoire and musical activities.
  • Musical proficiency in vocal, instrumental, and musicianship areas relevant to leading music activities for young children (infants to 5 years).
  • Creative and innovative approaches to teaching music to young children.
  • Able to design structured music classes on specific themes with sequential musical activities using a wide range of instruments appropriate for this age group.
  • Able to sing in a pitch range and volume appropriate for young children, in small to large groups.
  • Effectively interact and communicate with children, parents, and staff at each community site.
  • A well organized, punctual, and professional individual, with an enthusiastic, energetic, as well as sensitive and respectful disposition.

Qualifications and Experience
  • At least two years’ experience working with young children in daycare and/or preschool setting and/or experience teaching music to younger grades (K-3) in Elementary school.
  • Experience teaching music classes in small and large groups (4 to 20 children per group).

Other Requirements
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and access to own transportation to travel to Conservatory community sites with portable Early Childhood instrument sets for use in classes (similar to medium-sized suitcase).

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Music Therapist

Compensation: Currently beginning at $53.10 per direct contact client hour.

Application Deadline: Ongoing until position is filled.

Start Date: September 2024.

To apply: Electronically submit a cover letter and resume, relevant supporting materials, and contact information for two references to:
Office of the Dean, [email protected]
Attn: Dr. Johanne Brodeur Ph.D., MTA, MTD Head


Overview

The Department of Music Therapy is currently accepting applications for a Music Therapist position to serve clients at the Conservatory’s Downtown Victoria and Langford locations. As a member of the Conservatory’s faculty, the successful applicant will be an integral part of the growth and success of the Music Therapy Department and must be passionate about bringing positive change to the community. All faculty are independently contracted as service providers and paid hourly according to established fee grid. The Conservatory’s Music Therapy program is in high demand and offers therapists the opportunity to build out their practice at the Conservatory as desired while maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

Key Responsibilities
  • Music therapy interventions include extensive knowledge of intervention strategies for children and youth, use of superior improvisational skills and creativity, as well as more structured model sessions.
  • Interaction and communication with participants, parents, caregivers, and staff is clear and effective.
  • Ability to take initiative, problem solve, and to work independently, is complemented with a strong work ethic built on enthusiasm, positive energy, mutual respect, sensibility, sense of responsibility, and driven by a passion for the field of music therapy and for learning.

Qualifications and Requirements
  • A minimum of a recognized bachelor’s degree in music therapy and MTA status.
  • Experience focused primarily on children and youth, including strategic interventions for participants with ASD.
  • Extensive musicianship skills.
  • Musical aptitude includes familiarity with age-appropriate music repertoire.

Other Requirements: The successful candidate must provide their own transportation to and from both locations, downtown Victoria and Westhills in Langford.

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Postsecondary Course Instructor: Contemporary Music Theory (MUSC 216-x01)

Compensation: Currently beginning at $55 per direct teaching contact hour plus compensation for preparation and marking.

Application Deadline: Ongoing until position is filled.

Start Date: September, 2024.

To apply: Submit via email a cover letter and resume, relevant supporting materials, and contact information for two references to: Office of the Dean, [email protected]
Attn: David Visentin, Associate Dean Department of Postsecondary Studies


Overview

The Contemporary Music Theory course serves students enrolled in the Diploma in Music Performance, offered through the long-standing partnership between the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College. As a member of the Conservatory’s faculty, the successful applicant will be an integral part of the growth and success of the Department of Postsecondary Studies and must be passionate about bringing positive change to the community. All faculty are contracted as independent service providers. See below for more details about MUSC 216-X01.

Strengths and Skills
  • Posses a fluent range of knowledge of standard materials for instruction of this discipline of Contemporary (commercial) Music Theory at the postsecondary level; and should be able to demonstrate expertise within this area.
  • Able to adapt teaching methods to suit individual student needs with a changing landscape of music education.
  • A strong foundation in music theory, history, and relevant cultural context.
  • Familiarity with (music) technologies and able to integrate it into the curriculum for enhanced learning experiences.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for effective teaching and collaboration with peers and students

Qualifications and Requirements
  • A recognized postsecondary credential or a combination of commensurate documented and lived professional experience in the Contemporary (commercial) music field with a strong practical component and expertise in Music Theory, especially in relation to this field.
  • Proven evidence of teaching and relevant professional experience is required.

About MUSC216-X01 Contemporary Music Theory
  • Three hours per week classroom instruction over 14 weeks, with a 15th final exam week, in a face-to-face classroom structure supported, if required, by the Camosun College Desire to Learn (D2L) instructional platform; All classes take place at the Conservatory.
  • The principles of contemporary musical construction are explored. Melodies and chord changes are worked and studied simultaneously. Emphasis is on strong music writing skills supported with an ability to spontaneously create melody and harmonization through improvisation.
  • Key Learning Outcomes:
    • Spontaneously compose music involving standard modes and progressions across the cycle of fifths, and complete a written score capturing these phrases in detail;
    • Spontaneously compose and re-harmonize using standard practice a short fragment of music using harmonies derived from major, melodic minor, diminished and whole-tone scales; and complete a written score capturing these phrases in detail;
    • Demonstrate ability to identify and employ traditional counterpoint and harmony in the composition and analysis of works from the contemporary repertoire including folk, pop, and jazz.
    • Spontaneously compose in variation form over Blues Changes, Rhythm Changes, Coltrane Changes, and within standard song forms, and complete a written score capturing these phrases in detail.
    • Analyze and extrapolate compositional methodologies from jazz, pop, and folk standards and reinterpretations thereof.

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Postsecondary Course Instructor: Intro to Performance Awareness (MUSC 145-001)

Compensation: Currently beginning at $55 per direct teaching contact hour plus compensation for preparation and marking.

Application Deadline: Ongoing until position is filled.

Start Date: September, 2024.

To apply: Submit via email a cover letter and resume, relevant supporting materials, and contact information for two references to: Office of the Dean, [email protected]
Attn: David Visentin, Associate Dean Department of Postsecondary Studies


Overview

The Performance Awareness course serves students enrolled in the Diploma in Music Performance, offered through the long-standing partnership between the Victoria Conservatory of Music and Camosun College. As a member of the Conservatory’s faculty, the successful applicant will be an integral part of the growth and success of the Department of Postsecondary Studies, and must be passionate about bringing positive change to the community. All faculty are contracted as independent service providers. See below for more details about MUSC 145-001.

Strengths and Skills
  • Posses a fluent range of knowledge of standard materials for instruction of this discipline of music performance awareness at the postsecondary level; and should be able to demonstrate expertise within this area.
  • Able to adapt teaching methods to suit individual student needs with a changing landscape of music education.
  • A strong foundation in music theory, history, and cultural context.
  • Familiarity with (music) technologies and able to integrate it into the curriculum for enhanced learning experiences.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for effective teaching and collaboration with peers and students.

Qualifications and Requirements
  • A recognized postsecondary credential preferably at the Master’s degree level or higher or a combination of commensurate documented and lived professional experience in music with a strong practical component or research/performance expertise in the subject area of performance maintenance, strategization and optimization with specific reference to the music performer.
  • Spiritual, emotional, physical and mental performance modalities are highlighted as expected deliverable elements of the course description.
  • Proven evidence of teaching and relevant professional experience is required.

About MUSC145-001 Intro to Performance Awareness
  • Three hours per week classroom instruction over 14 weeks, with a 15th final exam week, in a face-to-face classroom structure supported, if required, by the Camosun College Desire to Learn (D2L) instructional platform; All classes take place at the Conservatory.
  • Students will be introduced to the intersection between spiritual, emotional, physical and mental health and successful music performance achievement. Students will explore a broad range of approaches to health and their relation to diverse realms of performance in music and other performing arts, as well as reference performance training modalities in sports, school and other professional disciplines. Guest lectures from an array of music professions, including health experts as well as multi-disciplinary performers, will discuss divergent ways of thinking about the nature of optimal performance. Students will be exposed to a variety of support resources and services available to them in the community. Course work will focus on the practical application of healthy strategies that will optimize the students’ music-related performance work.
  • Key Learning Outcomes:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of cultivating healthy habits that support the achievement of high levels of music performance.
    • Identify the different dimensions of health and how they interact with and influence various performance realms.
    • Construct an appropriate and individualized training plan that both optimizes music performance success and reduces health risks.
    • Recognize common physical indicators of various spiritual, emotional, physical and mental performance domains and describe basic risk reduction strategies.
    • Demonstrate a basic understanding of different types of injuries and health conditions that, as well as their common causes and consequences, can affect performers.
    • Identify resources available within the community for the management of various health concerns related to performance.

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