• Production still from SERSE
  • french horns
  • choir and orchestra
  • pianist, clarinetist, and violinist
  • violin section of orchestra
  • wind orchestra
  • Jazz Band on stage

Employment Opportunities

Please refer to for updates on CSUN Music Department Part-Time staff positions.

Faculty Positions | Part-Time

Effective Date of Appointment:  AY 2023-2024    



CSUN’s Commitment to You:

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. As an HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution), CSUN welcomes candidates whose experience in teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. Our values include a respect for all people, building partnerships with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

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 The Music Department keeps a file of potential faculty for part time assignments based on the yearly need of our department. All part-time faculty appointments are temporary and do not confer academic rank. Final determination of part-time teaching assignments is contingent upon student enrollment figures and funding. Working in the state of California is a condition of employment for these positions. Candidates for all music positions must have a demonstrated ability and commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population.

Salary Range: Expected hiring range is $1,812 to $2,162 per weighted teaching unit based on degrees and qualifications. For a typical three-unit lecture/discussion class, this would result in an expected hiring range of $5,436 to $6,486. Lab and studio classes usually carry more weighed teaching units and more contact hours. 

Areas of Specialization                                            Qualifications

Music Education - Master’s Degree or a Bachelors in Music Ed. With significant experienceteaching in public schools.Expertise in elementary and early childhood music education preferred. Good professional references.                                                                                                                                                                        

Music in Gen Education - Music degree or substantial national/international recognition as a professional performing artist. Strong record of teaching experience. Courses in this area include Music Appreciation, Hip Hop, Music in Film and Contemporary Music.   Good professional references.      

Mus Gen Ed/World Mus -  Graduate degree in ethnomusicology or anthropology with emphasis in world music. College teaching experience and good professional references.       

Music History - PhD in historical musicology or music history. Strong record of college-level teaching experience and good professional references.                                

Music Theory - Appropriate graduate degree or equivalent in music. Theory or Composition. Strong record of college-level teaching experience and ability in this field. Good professional references.

Class Piano Appropriate graduate degree or equivalent. Strong record of ability to teach class piano. College class piano experience. Good professional references.                                

Applied Lessons  -  Appropriate graduate degree in specific applied area or a music degree with signification national/international performance career and teaching experience. Good professional references. Important: Please list instrument in application.        

Music Technology -  Appropriate graduate degree or equivalent. Strong record of relevant teaching experience in this area especially at the college level. Good professional references.                                 

Music Industry  -  Appropriate graduate degree or extensive equivalent work history in music Industry and/or related fields. Expertise in copyright, licensing, publishing, and record label operation desired. Strong record of relevant teaching experience in this area. Good professional references.


Media Composition  - Appropriate graduate degree or equivalent experience in Media Composition. It is preferable that candidates have experience in multiple areas of media composition including movie and television scoring and video game music. Strong record of relevant teaching experience. Good professional references.\

Composition - Appropriate graduate degree or equivalent. Strong record of college level teaching experience in composition. Good professional references

Musicianship - Appropriate graduate degree or equivalent. Strong record of college level teaching experience in this area including the teaching of theory, harmony and dictation. Good professional references.

Jazz - Appropriate graduate degree or significant national/international recognition and experience as a jazz artist. Ability to teach in one or more of the following areas: combos, big band, theory, arranging, jazz vocal ensemble. College teaching experience preferred. Please indicate areas of your areas of strength in cover letter. Good professional references.

Orchestral Ensemble - Appropriate graduate degree with extensive college and/or professional orchestral conducting experience. Good professional references.                                 

Wind Ensemble Appropriate graduate degree or equivalent with college or professional conducting experience and strong record of ability to conduct a wind ensemble. Good professional references.                                 

Choral Ensemble - Appropriate graduate degree with college and/or professional choral conducting experience. Strong record of ability to conduct choirs of all levels. Good professional references.            

Commercial Music Ensemble - Degree in music and experience coaching and teaching popular commercial music ensembles, preferably in a university setting. This is a tentative position. Good professional references.                        

Opera Director  - Master’s degree in conducting or stage directing, or equivalency via extensive professional experience. Prior teaching experience at the university level is or with professional organizations is preferred. Advanced ability as a pianist and expertise in Italian, German, French, and English lyric diction for conducting and coaching applicants. Good professional references

Music Therapy - Degree in Music Therapy from an accredited school or the equivalency to the degree as recognized by the American Music Therapy Association. Active in the field of music therapy with at least a year of clinical experience. Evidence of clinical music therapy supervision preferred. Good professional references.


Application Deadline: March 31, 2023 for Academic Year 2023-2024

Application Process:

Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for 3 professional references, and the single page questionnaire located on the following link: 

 In later phases of the search process, applicants will be requested to provide verification of terminal degrees, licenses and certificates. 

 Inquiries and applications should be addressed to:

General Information:

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Northridge has made crime-reporting statistics available on-line here. Print copies are available by request from the Department of Police Services, the Office for Faculty Affairs, and the Office of Equity and Diversity.


The person holding this position may be considered a 'mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment. 

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the status of applicants.  Please note that working in the state of California is a condition of employment.

CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the chair of the music department at (818) 677-3181.

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