Utah State University

Assistant Professor of Piano

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(9/16/2022 12:07 PM)
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Caine College of the Arts
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


The Utah State University Music Department invites applications for a full-time, benefitted, nine-month tenure-track piano faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor, anticipated to begin August 2023. Successful candidates will complement our department’s current strengths and demonstrate outstanding potential for success in teaching (50%), research/creative endeavors (40%), and service (10%) at Utah State University. We are especially interested in candidates committed to mentoring students and advancing student professional success.


Review of applications will begin November 15, 2022. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


  • Teach USU piano major curriculum based on experience and needs (applied piano, collaborative artistry, literature, pedagogy, keyboard skills)
  • Recruit excellent pianists and contribute to a shared vision for the piano program at USU
  • Raise the profile and visibility of the piano area in the academic and musical community
  • Administrative/coordinator duties as assigned
  • Optional teaching of music department courses in other areas based on experience and needs


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in piano (piano performance, collaborative piano, piano pedagogy) or closely related field
  • Demonstrated accomplishment and recognition as a pianist
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching and mentoring students at the university level
  • Commitment/potential to recruit and maintain a successful piano studio
  • Ability to contribute to a positive collaborative environment


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of recruiting excellent piano students
  • National visibility as a performer/teacher
  • Experience teaching applied piano and lecture classes at the university level
  • Experience in administration relevant to a university piano area

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”.
  2. Transcripts of all graduate academic work to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”.
  3. Links (public or unlisted with access) to recent performance videos to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”, to include:
    1. two contrasting solo performances, including at least one Baroque/Classical work, and at least one Romantic/Contemporary work, and
    2. two contrasting collaborative performances (all genres and styles accepted)
  4. Name and contact information (email and phone number) of five professional references to be entered at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile.
  5. Statement of teaching philosophy including interests and philosophy to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.
  6. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

Piano Program


The piano area at Utah State University combines music core instruction with piano pedagogy and performance courses, preparing students for careers in performance, teaching, and to pursue further education in graduate piano programs. We offer Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, a minor in Piano Pedagogy, and serve other degree programs for piano-primary students in Bachelor of the Arts and Music Therapy. Students receive multiple opportunities for collaborative and solo performance during their studies, and work closely with a renowned piano faculty with a wide range of expertise. Students regularly engage in intimate learning opportunities with leading pianists through the Wassermann Piano Series, the CCA Visiting Artist Series, and the Chamber Music Society of Logan.


A unique aspect of our program is the opportunity to receive hands-on teaching training in the USU Youth Conservatory, a preparatory lab program that provides private and group instruction to over 100 pre-college pianists each week. USU became an All-Steinway school in 2012, offering students the opportunity to perform on the highest-quality pianos in the practice rooms and our world-class performance venues. Our current inventory currently includes 11 Steinway D's, 1 concert grand Fazioli, 13 Steinway grand piano practice rooms, a Yamaha Hybrid N2, and a full inventory of upright pianos and digital pianos. We invite you to follow our piano program on Instagram or Facebook.


Music Department


Administered by the Caine College of the Arts, the Music Department has 30 full-time and 38 part-time faculty members serving approximately 250 music majors. Located in the Chase Fine Arts Center, departmental facilities include teaching/rehearsal space; faculty offices; the 1,700-seat newly remodeled Daines Concert Hall; and, the award-winning 400-seat Russell/Wanlass Performance Hall dedicated in January of 2006. The Department offers the Bachelor of Music in Performance, the Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy, the Bachelor of Music Education, a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy, a Bachelor of Arts in Music, a Master of Music in Piano Performance & Pedagogy, a Master of Music in Choral Conducting, a Master of Music in Voice Performance, and a Master of Music in Guitar Performance. The Department is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Additional information is available at http://music.usu.edu.


Caine College of the Arts


The Caine College of the Arts (CCA) seeks to make the arts more visible, more innovative, and more fully integrated into the intellectual life of Utah State University and the communities it serves. The CCA is a collaborative community, representing the collective strengths and voices of the arts and it acts as a conduit for connecting people and programs. The CCA offers a visiting artist program that brings important artists, designers, and scholars to campus, is home to award-winning faculty, features a world-class performance hall, offers internships with prominent artists and designers, and operates several international study opportunities. The College houses the Departments of Art + Design, Music, and Theatre Arts, and is closely affiliated with the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on the USU campus.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah, a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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