Faculty Position in Commercial Music Performance and Technology and Coordinator of Commercial Music


Website Union University

Job Summary  

This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Music. This position is responsible for teaching a variety of courses, fulfilling departmental and university-wide faculty responsibilities, maintaining an appropriate level of scholarship in Music, and fulfilling the Coordinator role administratively. Rank assignment commensurate with education and experience.

About Union University

Union University is a private, coeducational liberal arts-based university offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. The campus is located in Jackson, Tenn. (80 miles northeast of Memphis) with additional campuses in Germantown, Hendersonville, and Memphis, Tenn. Union University currently enrolls about 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 48 states and 15 countries. Union University stands as a national leader among colleges and universities in promoting a Christian worldview and a Christ-centered approach to education. Union is consistently ranked among the nation’s premier Christian universities and has been recognized as a top-tier institution each year since 1997 by U.S. News & World Report, which also recognized Union at a national level for undergraduate teaching excellence.

Essential Job Duties     

Teaching responsibilities include teaching applied lessons in Commercial Music and Worship, Music Technology courses, Instrumental or Vocal Studio Techniques, Instrumental or Vocal Commercial Techniques, Instrumental or Vocal improvisation techniques, and be conversant in worship techniques in the modern church. The ideal candidate will also be knowledgeable of DAW software, Audio Editing and engineering, have credits as a producer, engineer, session player, songwriter, and/or composer/arranger, and proven skill in directing Commercial ensembles. Other courses and additional duties may be assigned predicated on the interests, qualifications, and experiences of the applicant as well as on departmental needs.

This position requires conversance in a variety of music styles including classical, jazz, gospel, contemporary worship, and other commercial music. The ideal candidate will have experience leading and performing in commercial-based performance ensembles (rhythm section, contemporary music combo, pop-rock orchestra, or jazz ensembles).

Additional responsibilities encompass service to the department, university, and community along with appropriate scholarly activities.

Coordinator of Commercial Music
The responsibilities of the Coordinator of Commercial Music will include Curricular, Professional, and Administrative roles.


  • Assist the Chair with the management of the Commercial Music Degree program.
  • Provide meaningful feedback on curricular development of the Commercial Music Degree Core and the four areas of specialization: 1) Commercial Performance; 2) Recording Engineering & Producing; 3) Songwriting; 4) Arranging & Composition.
  • Develop and manage a strategy for Assessment of the Commercial Music degrees.
  • Assist the Chair in writing Accreditation reports for the program.


  • Coordinate with Commercial Music Professionals in Nashville as “Partner Faculty”.
  • Develop relationships with Industry entities in Nashville including publishers, labels, and distributors.
  • Provide a connection for our students to the Commercial Music Industry through professional associations and industry partnerships.
  • Develop a strategy to assist students in career planning.
  • Facilitate scholarly contributions in the field of Commercial Music through conferences, cooperative institutional partnerships, and journal publications.


  • Assist the Chair in recruiting students to the programs.
  • Assist the Chair in the hiring and development of faculty in the Commercial Music program.
  • Oversee and coordinate industry professionals and partner faculty when visiting campus.
  • Coordinate with the Director of the Center for Worship in establishing partnerships with local church ministries in the Tennessee Baptist Convention, the Southern Baptist Convention, and other Biblically faithful evangelical churches to establish opportunities for our graduates in Internships and job opportunities.

Required Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree in Commercial Music, Music Technology, Commercial Music Performance, Jazz Studies, Worship Leadership, or related field. Performance skill as a commercial musician and three or more years of experience leading worship in a contemporary worship setting. Candidates should demonstrate experience teaching commercial/worship music at the college level. This position requires: the ability to work in a team leadership setting; strong collaborative skills; knowledge of and ability to teach current music performance/recording technologies; ability to teach and perform in a variety of music styles, including, but not limited to classical and commercial music styles.

Preferred Qualifications           

The ability to teach music theory and musicianship/aural skills is a plus.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Terminal degree in Commercial Performance, Jazz Performance, Music Technology, Worship Leadership, or equivalent
  • Extensive experience in commercial performance techniques in various styles and improvisation
  • Demonstrated expertise in music/worship technology
  • Proven experience as a producer, engineer, arranger, and/or songwriter.
  • Extensive commercial performance experience and studio session work.
  • University-level teaching experience of at least six years
  • Worship ministry experience of at least five years

Christian Requirement 

Successful candidates must be professing Christians who are active members of a local church, enthusiastically support Union University’s Identity, Mission, and Core Values, and articulate a Christian worldview in their work and life. (Union University’s Identity, Mission, and Core Values is a link to https://www.uu.edu/about/what-we-believe.cfm)

To apply for this job please visit jobs.uu.edu.