Instructor of Music
Morganton, NC 
Posted 1 day ago
Job Description
Description of Work


  • Filling this position is dependent upon the successful passage of a 2021-2022 North Carolina state budget.

  • Position will remain OPEN until filled

HIRING SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience

POSITION TYPE: EHRA Faculty, 10-month, 1.0 FTE

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The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) invites applications for one full-time Instructor of Music at its new campus in Morganton, North Carolina. The curriculum will draw upon the arts and culture of Morganton's artistic community. This recruitment is for one vacancy. The position is a permanent-track position with full benefits through the State of North Carolina.

We invite and welcome all applications for employment within our institution. NCSSM is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. If you are an individual with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process, please contact us at (919) 416-2662.

Description of Duties:

Position reports to the Chair of Fine Arts and is responsible for providing instruction in Piano and Guitar classes as well as serving as the primary musical director for the Morganton campus. Duties will also include providing instruction in a variety of musical topics determined by instructor interest and expertise as well as student and community needs. This instructor will serve as artistic director of all campus ensembles, select and rehearse level-appropriate repertoire for performing groups, and direct groups as part of regular public performances as determined in NCSSM's Fine Arts Series. The instructor will serve as the primary resource for students pursuing advancement in musical techniques and performance and will be expected to facilitate student involvement in NCMEA and other honor events throughout the school year. The instructor will maintain or establish contacts with community groups and promote collaborative artistic efforts that support or enrich the NCSSM music program, cooperate and coordinate with other NCSSM Fine Arts faculty and local musical organizations, and support the overall music curriculum by teaching assigned courses and developing curriculum for these and new course offerings.

Other Duties Include:

  • Develop and communicate to students clear course objectives and goals;

  • Plan and develop an instructional program that helps students assimilate specific course content and skills;

  • Hold office hours or tutorials as outlined by the department;

  • Schedule and lead rehearsals, sectional rehearsals, and other solo and ensemble instruction as necessary;

  • Regularly monitor and evaluate students' progress, providing them with resources and feedback on their performance;

  • Structure and manage an environment conducive to learning and artistic expression;

  • Model for students responsibility to self and others;

  • Guide students in preparation for institutional, ceremonial music;

  • Effectively collaborate with colleagues at both the Morganton and Durham campuses;

  • Follow the school's philosophy, policies, and procedures;

  • Serve as a January-Term sponsor;

  • Write college recommendations for as many as 15 students each year, as requested;

  • Participate in departmental, faculty, and all-staff meetings;

  • Serve on departmental, faculty, and school-based standing committees;

  • Participate in professional development and personal intellectual growth activities;

  • Participate in one or more of the following activities:

    • Provide information, service, and expertise to other schools and organizations;

    • Assist students on special projects, independent and individual study, and seminar-based studies;

    • Participate in the admissions process by recruiting, selecting, and advising prospective students;

    • Participate in NCSSM alumni activities;

    • Provide assistance for school-sponsored programs and extracurricular activities.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

Since the NCSSM Music discipline is committed to a broad approach to the study of music, applicants should have a wide-ranging knowledge of music history and repertoire, cultural and historical contexts, a passion for teaching and learning, and a love of ideas, combined with a commitment to serving as mentor and guide for students - both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. Applicants should be dedicated to continual growth as teachers, performers, and learners. Since all NCSSM faculty and staff are expected to support the intellectual, cultural, emotional, and social growth of students - responsibilities that transcend a traditional high school or college teaching schedule - applicants should bring to the work a keen commitment to participating actively in the multi-dimensional life of the NCSSM community.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Master's degree in Music Education or Music Performance. Teaching experience, preferably with advanced high school or undergraduate students.


Successful teaching experience of a range of music courses, including musical solo and ensemble performance (classical and/or folk or contemporary), preferably with advanced high school or undergraduate students. Strong working knowledge of music theory and harmony, music and culture, music history, and/or music technology, Strong background in music pedagogy, well-developed skills in ensemble building and rehearsal strategy, instrumental or vocal performance skills. Interest in outreach and commitment to the greater music education community in North Carolina and beyond.

Please attach a cover letter, CV, and statement of teaching philosophy to the online application before submitting.

Supplemental and Contact Information

About Fine Arts at NCSSM:

NCSSM nurtures students of all levels of experience in the visual arts, drama, and music. From beginners to veterans, NCSSM students create, perform, and exhibit their arts. Since most of NCSSM's fine arts courses do not count among students' five required core courses per term, many students take fine arts offerings as an enriching complement to their courses in STEM and the humanities. Students earn general elective credit for these fine arts courses. For further information, see the NCSSM :

About NCSSM:

(NCSSM) challenges academically talented students from across the state with a comprehensive curriculum including highly specialized courses in science, technology, engineering/computer science, and mathematics. NCSSM opened in 1980 as something of an academic experiment: Would something excellent happen if we gathered together a highly motivated and diverse student body with a critical mass of equally motivated, accomplished, credentialed, and diverse faculty within a space dedicated to the power of the scientific method? Four decades later, NCSSM has built a firmly rooted reputation as an academic powerhouse, educating intellectually gifted students from every corner of the state, representing rural and urban communities, and all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. Eleven states and several countries worldwide have since used NCSSM as the model for their own programs.

Today, as in 1980, the mission of NCSSM, an intellectually stimulating, diverse, inclusive, and collaborative community, is to:

  • educate and nurture academically talented students to become state, national, and global leaders,

  • increase access to high quality public education in North Carolina, and

  • cultivate engaged citizens who will work for the betterment of the world,

through challenging programs, with an emphasis on STEM, driven by the pursuit of excellence and innovation.

Altogether, nearly 1,500 North Carolina students from all 13 congressional districts and nearly all 100 counties are enrolled in one of our three signature programs: our residential diploma program, our online certificate program or our Open Enrollment Distance Education program. Our Open Enrollment courses, taught via interactive video conferencing, expand local offerings to include enrichments and advanced coursework otherwise unavailable in students' home communities. NCSSM instructors teach live to classrooms statewide daily, broadcasting more synchronous video than any other public provider in the state.

By 2022, NCSSM will expand to an additional campus in Morganton, NC. Funded by the Connect NC Bond, legislative appropriations, and private philanthropic gifts, the campus will initially accommodate 300 additional residential diploma program students as well as increased distance education enrollment.

NCSSM has more than 11,000 alumni, nearly all of whom attended colleges and universities (a great majority within our own top NC public universities) and nearly three-quarters of whom have earned or are seeking a graduate degree. According to a 2019 survey of alumni who attended the school between 1980 and 2018, 64 percent of NCSSM college graduates earn a bachelor's degree in a STEM field -- over three times the national average for high school graduates. And 58 percent of NCSSM underrepresented minority (URM) graduates earn an undergraduate degree in a STEM field -- nearly four times the national average for URM students. A 2020 economic impact study found that 54 percent of our alumni continue to live and work in North Carolina, catalyzing nearly $1.3 billion in economic activity and making priceless contributions to our quality of life as teachers, physicians, scientists, entrepreneurs and other community leaders. Many of our graduates, the oldest of whom are in their mid-50s, refer to their time at NCSSM as "life-changing" and continue to support their alma mater with charitable gifts, volunteerism, and other purposeful engagement.

Our school is a full constituent of the University of North Carolina System and is governed and supported by the UNC Board of Governors, NCSSM Board of Trustees, NCSSM Foundation, NCSSM Alumni Association, NCSSM Parent Association, NCSSM Faculty Senate, NCSSM Staff Senate, and NCSSM Student Government Association. Notably, a representative from each of our Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, and Student Government Association serve as ex-officio, non-voting members of our Board of Trustees.

NCSSM operates as a free public school open to qualified NC students, regardless of financial means. We generate more than 10 percent of our institutional budget from private donations, a ratio that will likely increase as we undertake a comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Consistent with our founding and governance, the institution is guided by a standing . Though goals may shift from time to time, our core beliefs have remained fundamentally unchanged since our establishment:

  • Our greatest resource is the capability and creative capacity of the human mind.

  • Everyone is unique and has intrinsic value.

  • Diversity and inclusion enrich and strengthen lives and communities.

  • Embracing challenge inspires growth and the pursuit of excellence.

  • Individuals are responsible for their choices and actions.

  • With opportunity, support, and effort all people can realize their full potential.

  • A nurturing community develops the well-being of the whole person.

  • Service to others builds and strengthens our community.

  • Environmental stewardship and resource sustainability are a shared responsibility.

  • A passion for learning throughout life leads to success and fulfillment.

  • Collaboration fosters learning, ignites innovation, and cultivates community.

  • Adhering to high ethical standards is essential for a community to function and flourish.

  • Access to high quality public education is essential to a free, democratic society.

How to Apply:

Submit electronic application via: . Please create an account, search for the Instructor of Music position vacancy, and submit the online application. Please attach a cover letter, CV, and statement of teaching philosophy to the online application before submitting.

Please complete your application in full. All required Competencies, Work History, and Credentials must appear on the application in the Education and Work Experience sections of the application to receive consideration during the selection process. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the State Application form in its entirety. "See Attached Resume or an Embedded Text Resume" will be considered incomplete and will not be processed. Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.

Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require a motor vehicle check. If the highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at or equivalent service. NCSSM participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Please refrain from submitting multiple applications. However, if multiple applications are submitted to a posting, only the most recent application received prior to the posting close date will be accepted. There is a 24-hour waiting period before an applicant can re-apply to a position.

If you have questions, please contact Eric Hunsley, Assistant Director of Human Resources, at or 828-347-9139.

NCSSM is an EEO/eVerify/VEVRAA Employer


Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
High School or Equivalent
Required Experience
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