Assistant Lecturer in Auditory Training/Compositional Studies

Rate of pay: Salary scale of the relevant lecturer or senior lecturer (available upon request)

The pay rate may be adjusted from time to time in accordance with government pay policy.

the RIAM, as the National Conservatory of Music in Ireland, is entering one of the most transformational phases in its 174-year history. We are in the midst of a major redevelopment of our premises on Westland Row, a fully funded project which is due for completion in September 2022. We are set to create Ireland’s leading center for education, training and performance musical. Our goal is to foster excellence, develop audiences, advocate for increased access to musical participation, and amplify the impact of our work by forging powerful connections between young, emerging and established professional artists, various audiences and society in general.

Candidates are invited to apply for up to 150 hours, which must be taught by one or more specialists in the fields of auditory development and composition techniques. For the first time, RIAM will have streamed lessons divided into keyboard, voice, and orchestra for these lessons. We are looking for teachers to teach orchestral instrumentalists in years 1 and 2 in the above areas, and it is also possible to develop elective courses in years 3 and 4 of the program.

Please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Ruthmeehan [at] to apply.

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, April 8 at 4 p.m.

Tertiary RIAM – specialized areas: auditory development and/or composition techniques

The ideal candidate will have:

  • in-depth knowledge of the repertoire for orchestral instruments (including large-scale symphonic, chamber orchestra, chamber music)
  • significant experience in developing aural and analytical skills for orchestral or chamber musicians in training to become professional performers
  • a specialization in an orchestral instrument
  • experience integrating reflective practices into their teaching and student learning
  • a commitment to practice-based research, educational research and innovation

Service Information
During the interview, the candidate must:

1. Demonstration lessons
Teach a 20-minute demonstration class that aims to achieve at least two of the sample learning outcomes listed below for a 2 year BMusPerf student (instrumental). The course should focus on auditory development and/or composition techniques. You can choose to teach only one type of class or choose to teach a class that combines the different areas.

Example of learning outcomes for the demonstration class:

  • Recognize, memorize and react to musical components such as melody, harmony, rhythm, structure and/or texture.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of harmonic function and its relationship to structure and/or rhythm.
  • Identify the characteristics that make it possible to recognize the stylistic diversity of interpretation, relative to the practices of orchestral interpretation or chamber music.
  • Demonstrate an ability to improve intonation by recognizing harmonic context and adjusting as necessary within an ensemble

The class will be made up of 3 to 5 orchestra students who will have their instruments available.

The focus of the class should be to help students use their learning to perform with greater accuracy and deeper understanding. You must bring your own instrument and/or use a piano in class. Students will have their instruments in this demonstration class and you should incorporate them into this brief session. A whiteboard and projector will be provided.

Please select excerpts from a work/works or related materials that can be sight read by the class group (a string quartet) and bring your materials for distribution on the day. You will have the opportunity to distribute your materials to the class in advance.

2. Presentation
Give a 10 minute presentation on:

  • Your vision for connecting scholars to performance in a conservatory context
  • Your vision of the skills needed to be a professional orchestral or chamber musician and how you would develop them as a teacher.

Further information
You can find our current manual HEREbut note that the textbook does not reflect scheduled streaming lessons divided into keyboard, voice, and orchestra in auditory development and composition techniques.

The successful candidate will teach ear training and/or harmony and counterpoint. They will contribute to the development of a revised graduate program. They will be called upon to develop innovative approaches to teaching and learning in the fields of orchestral studies mainly, and will actively participate in interfaculty collaborations to ensure that all teaching places the student and his needs at the center. They will work at RIAMThe goal to ensure that graduates are performing artists whose practice is informed by scholarship.

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