Applied Music Instruction, Faculty of Music

Ambrose University
150 Ambrose Circle SW
Calgary, AB T3H 0L5

Applied Music Instruction, Faculty of Music

Start Date: As Needed, Aug. 2021

Ambrose University invites qualified applicants to submit teaching resumes for Applied Music Instruction at Ambrose University. Reporting to and working collaboratively with the Chair of Ambrose Arts and other Arts faculty, the successful applicant would be called upon to provide private lessons in various instruments or voice, and support student learning through performance preparation and participation in lab presentations.  Resumes are being accepted for all instruments and voice at this time, including: classical and jazz piano, strings, classical and jazz guitar, percussion, brass, winds, and voice (classical, music theatre, and jazz).

Applied Music faculty consists of faculty not on the tenure-track. These are contract appointments for specified terms (usually per semester or academic year) with no presumption of continuing employment.

The music program offers a 4-year Bachelor of Music and 4- and 3-year Bachelor of Arts with a major in music. The program offers a broad-based tradition in classical music and jazz.

Duties of Applied Instructors will include:

  • Preparing course syllabi
  • Preparation and teaching of weekly, private lessons in instrument or voice
  • Evaluating student progress and assigning grades
  • Sitting on jury panels
  • Preparation of students for Ambrose Arts productions

Optional duties of this position may include:

  • Ambrose Arts committee work
  • Participation in music faculty and/or other department meetings


  • Minimum Master’s degree in Music, extensive professional experience may also be considered
  • Demonstrated success in post-secondary applied music teaching
  • Demonstrated experience as a team player and colleague in a music faculty
  • Proven skills in music performance (live professional performance, recordings, etc.)
  • Reside locally in the Calgary, AB region


  • Ambrose Arts exists within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as a home for degree programs, minors, diplomas, and elective credit offerings in the visual and performing arts at Ambrose University.  As a department, Ambrose Arts works to internally elevate awareness of the Arts while fulfilling the external cultural aims of the institution in Calgary and the world. Interdisciplinary interaction is of high value within the department.
  • Ambrose Arts produces an annual performance season featuring student, faculty, alumni, and guest artists in music, theatre, and dance both on and off campus.
  • Ambrose University Music has students minoring in music or majoring in one of three degree offerings: BA: Music Concentration (3-year); BA: Music Major (4-year) and BMus degree.
  • Music degrees feature study in history, theory, applied music, aural training, and additional courses specific to the student’s career and educational direction.
  • Music ensembles include Choir, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Jazz ensembles. Ensembles often feature the involvement of community musicians, reflecting the strong emphasis on collaborative work within Ambrose Arts.
  • Music graduates fill positions in churches, private music teaching, performing organizations, music related organizations or continue their education in post-degree programs (such as education) or graduate studies.
  • Our ensembles and soloists offer a wide array of performances within the Ambrose Arts season throughout the year as well as participation in other university or community events.


  • Employment is contingent upon a satisfactory criminal background check.
  • Compensation for applied instruction is based on a standard hourly rate.

To apply for this position: Send a complete curriculum vitae, a short statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information of two referees to Ambrose University c/o indicating “Position in Applied Music Instruction [identify your Instrument]” in the subject line. All resumes will be evaluated, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Some resumes may be kept on file for future employment.

Ambrose University is committed to employment diversity and encourages applications from all qualified men and women, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities.

Ambrose University is a private, accredited Christian post-secondary institute located in South West Calgary. Our Faculty of Arts and Science offers provincially accredited Bachelor of Arts degree programs majoring in Behavioural Science, Christian Studies, English Literature, General Studies, History, and Psychology as well as Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Music, and a Bachelor of Science majoring in Biology. We also offer a Bachelor of Education (After Degree). Our Faculty of Theology offers undergraduate degree programs in Children’s Ministries, Church Ministries, Intercultural Studies, Worship Arts and Youth Ministries. At the Seminary level there are a variety of graduate options including Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Christian Studies as well as Diploma and Certificate programs. Ambrose is committed to the integration of Christian faith with academic discipline, with a vision for academic excellence in the service of the church and the world. For more information visit us online at

Minimum Master's Degree in Music; demonstrated success in post-secondary applied music teaching
Available on request