Searches for academic positions in Piano, Piano Pedagogy, and Collaborative Piano in 2020-21. This page is for jobs that begin in 2021.

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1. Please place new positions in alphabetical order. Note that "University of X" should be alphabetized by U as first sort, and X as second sort within the U listings.

2. Please mark the title of the position using the H3 header.

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6. Please do not post names in "Accepted Offers" until an offer has actually been accepted. Do not post a name if an offer has merely been extended, as this is not fair to the candidate's students, or to the candidate him/herself, who may need to negotiate with his/her current institution, etc. Ideally names will only be posted on the wiki by the candidate him/herself, after accepting an offer, or by a third party with some corroborating evidence (university press release, link to successful candidate's website with announcement, etc), but I know that's not always possible since people hear things through social media or word of mouth. If you want to post a name of a pianist that you know has accepted an offer, please include something about the source of the information (not just "gossip" or "the grapevine"). This last year we had too much gossip-mongering and whining. Keep that to yourself.

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Schools with Accepted Offers

Format for this section:

University: Name (Current Position [if applicable], DMA-GRANTING INSTITUTION, and year, if known)

Jobs for 2021

Mercer University: Assistant/Associate Professor, Collaborative Piano (Deadline: 30 October 2020, but review begins 14 October)

  • Assistant/Associate Professor of Collaborative Piano
  • The Townsend School of Music at Mercer University seeks a specialist in the area of vocal collaborative piano. Responsibilities will include providing collaborative piano and coaching to singers in support of their private study and performance activities on campus and on departmental/degree recitals, juries, auditions, and competitions as well as classes in applied collaborative piano and collaborative piano vocal literature. Additional duties may include collaboration with guest artists as well as teaching aural skills and accompanying select choral ensembles.
  • Qualifications. Master’s degree in a music-related field from an accredited college/university is required. An earned doctorate in a related field is preferred.
  • The successful candidate must have: outstanding playing ability, musicianship, sight-reading, and musical collaboration skills; strong organizational skills; vocal coaching experience in Art Song and Opera; fluent knowledge of the standard vocal solo repertoire; ability to recruit students at the undergraduate and graduate level; success in teaching undergraduate aural skills; ability to work well with others.
  • Required Documents: CV, Cover Letter, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, References
  • Special Instructions to Applicants: Candidates should complete the brief online application and attach a CV, Cover Letter, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin October 14, 2020, and will continue until October 30, 2020.

University of British Columbia: Music - Assistant Professor (Piano) (Deadline: 15 November 2020)

  • The University of British Columbia School of Music invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor of Piano, beginning July 1, 2021. We seek a versatile concert pianist with demonstrated potential for distinguished artistic achievement and teaching. In addition to a broad knowledge of the piano repertoire, applicants should demonstrate engagement with pedagogy and collaborative work. Familiarity with the piano repertoire beyond the traditional canon would be an asset. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain performance projects leading to the securing of peer-reviewed external research funding (such as commissions, recordings, tours, and artist/research grants). They will contribute to the diverse activities of the Keyboard Division by engaging with, for example, improvisation, new technologies, cross-disciplinary interests, or community-based initiatives. Applicants should also demonstrate that they can effectively fulfill teaching and service duties, including graduate student supervision, while maintaining a demonstrated commitment to increased diversity, equity, and inclusion. A doctoral degree or equivalent professional experience is required.
  • The Keyboard Division is an integral part of a dynamic School of Music that offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in music, including in Piano Performance, and is situated in a beautiful and culturally diverse metropolis.
  • Applications are to be submitted online at
  • Applicants should be prepared to upload:
  • a letter of application and CV outlining achievements in performance;
  • a concise record of teaching experience, including evidence of effectiveness;
  • a statement of teaching/pedagogy philosophy; and
  • a one-page statement about their experience working with a diverse student body and the contributions they would make to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.
  • three live video recordings of recent performances. Videos should be easily accessible to the committee members (YouTube, Google Drive links, etc.)
  • In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference sent directly by their referees, by the deadline, via email to Enquiries may be made to the Chair of the Keyboard Division, Professor Mark Anderson, at
  • Review of the applications will start on November 15, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
  • All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; qualified Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

University of South Carolina: Assistant Professor, Piano and Piano Pedagogy (Deadline: Open until filled, posted 16 September 2020)

  • The Assistant Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy will engage in significant professional activities, maintaining regional, national, and international visibility in music research, pedagogy, and/or performance. Primary teaching duties in piano pedagogy, group piano, and applied piano, as needed. Recruit students for undergraduate and graduate piano and piano pedagogy programs. Other duties as assigned.
  • Required Education and Experience: Earned Doctorate (or ABD) is required, with priority given to applicants with specialization and graduate degrees in piano pedagogy.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Primary consideration will be given to candidates with a record of successful group piano teaching and related administrative and leadership skills. Preference for a candidate who demonstrates previous experience and/or potential for innovative instruction in piano pedagogy, to meet the needs of the 21st century pianist.
  • Job Open Date: 09/16/2020
  • Open Until Filled: Yes
  • Special Instructions to Applicant: Please upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, contact information for at least three letters of recommendation, and links to three recent video and/or audio solo performances. Second round materials, including group and private teaching videos, will be solicited at a later date.

Wake Forest University: Assistant Professor, Piano Performance (Deadline: 15 November 2020)

  • The Department of Music at Wake Forest University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Piano Performance to begin July 1, 2021. We seek an active performer and dedicated teacher with experience in a wide range of classical and contemporary music. We especially welcome applications from candidates who have expertise in music from traditionally underrepresented composers and cultural traditions. Successful applicants will maintain an active performance schedule and teach undergraduate piano lessons at all levels, as well as courses and seminars for music majors and non-majors. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion by way of teaching, performing, publishing, or volunteer experiences and/or practices. A Doctorate is preferred, but a MM with equivalent performance experience will be considered.
  • Job Description: Interested applicants should apply via the University’s career website at: The application should be submitted as ONE PDF file, which includes all of the following: (1) a current CV; (2) a cover letter detailing qualifications and addressing the candidate’s academic, professional, and teaching preparedness; (3) a separate statement addressing the candidate’s capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds in a liberal arts context; (4) links to audio and/or video recordings and (5) current contact information for three references. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but to guarantee full consideration they should be received by November 15 , 2020. If access to the internet is a difficulty, a hard copy of the application can be submitted to Dr. Peter Kairoff, Chair, Department of Music, Wake Forest University, P.O. Box 7345, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.
  • Please feel free to email with any questions about the position or department. Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to

Washington & Lee University: Assistant Professor of Music - Applied Piano (Deadline: 01 October 2020)

  • The Washington and Lee University Department of Music invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Music position. This teacher-artist will give lessons to applied piano students and teach in a secondary area with preference given to those who are interested in music history survey courses. The person in this position may also teach the department’s music appreciation course, Introduction to Music. The appointment begins July 1, 2021.
  • Applicants should possess a significant record of solo and collaborative piano performance and a commitment to pursuing performance opportunities on and off-campus in addition to teaching. The department places a premium on good interpersonal skills and the ability to recruit student pianists. Service on university, college, and departmental committees is expected and other duties may be assigned.
  • Qualifications: Strong candidates should possess a doctorate in music or have completed one by the time of appointment. A demonstrable record of teaching excellence and a commitment to providing a high-quality music education in a liberal arts context are essential.
  • Review of applications will begin October 1, 2020. Candidates should submit:
  • a letter of application summarizing current and future scholarship, teaching interests and experience, and demonstrating the ability to work with a diverse student population
  • a CV
  • three confidential letters of recommendation
  • Samples of work, such as recordings and/or publications that demonstrate current scholarship and performance will be requested at a later date.
  • All materials should be submitted via Interfolio at Please submit your file by October 1, 2020 for full consideration.
  • For more information, please contact Dr. Shane Lynch, search committee chair at

York College of Pennsylvania: Adjunct Professor of Music - Piano (Deadline: 01 November 2020, but review begins immediately (posted 10/8/20)

  • Applications are invited for an Adjunct Professor in the Department of The Arts and Humanities to teach courses in piano. Other duties include holding office hours and communicating with department faculty.
  • Requirements: Candidates should have a BA in Music or related area and a minimum of 2 years of professional experience in their discipline. Candidates will demonstrate excellence and experience in their field. Additionally, it is highly desired that candidates have experience teaching in an online format.
  • Application Instructions: Interested candidates should electronically submit a letter of application, CV, contact information for three references, link to online portfolio of professional work. Link to examples of student work and teaching evaluations, as applicable..
  • Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications should be received by November 1, 2020.
  • The entire higher ed system of Pennsylvania is having retrenchment (faculty layoffs). I would stay away from this.

Schools with Failed or Canceled Searches

General Discussion

I know that searching for a position can be discouraging. It's very competitive out there and there are more and more qualified candidates. Be positive, be confident, and keep applying!

P.S. This is a new editor. So if something doesn't work, I'll try and fix it.

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