Assistant Professor of Practice, Recording Arts at USC – Los Angeles, CA

Thornton School of Music – Recording Arts Los Angeles, California

University of Southern California

Flora L. Thornton School of Music

Division of Contemporary Music

Music Technology Department

Recording Arts

The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music invites applicants for the full-time position Assistant Professor of Practice, Recording Arts in the Department of Music Technology. The appointment is non-tenure track and begins August 2019.

Combining the benefits of a world-class conservatory and a leading research university, the USC Thornton School of Music offers students the opportunity to pursue a thorough music education in a real-world context. The new educational model, launching in Fall 2019 for undergraduates in the Classical Performance & Composition Division, renews Thornton’s commitment to a virtuosic education and asks students to reimagine what it means to be a classical musician in the 21st century. Thornton offers students a full range of musical disciplines across a demanding innovative curriculum, and the opportunity to work with a faculty of national and international renown.

The student body at USC is extraordinarily diverse: it is racially and ethnically a majority/minority population with a full range of expressions of gender, ability and sexual identities which we embrace as a source of institutional strength and community pride. The University’s commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we are seeking to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible; one which reflects the broad diversity of identities and experiences that comprise the country as well as the field of music technology.

The Music Technology department offers a Bachelors of Music in Music Production, as well as, undergraduate and graduate minor fields in audio recording and music production. The department also offers a wide range of recording, desktop music and studio production courses to Thornton majors and non-majors. The department promotes artistic, technical and leadership growth, as well as, development through mentoring and challenging students in their study, performance and production of music in a wide variety of contemporary musical styles.


Principal duties will include teaching courses at a variety of levels including recording arts, audio fundamentals and techniques, advanced audio, signal processing, mixing and mastering, speaker design, acoustics and digital audio; Mentoring of final projects.


The ideal candidate for this position will have demonstrated professional success in audio engineering for music including tracking, mixing, and mastering as applied to a broad range of musical styles including pop/rock, dance, urban, jazz and classical. Successful applicants will be expected to have a demonstrated record of experience and accomplishment working in a highly diverse environment and of promoting equity and inclusion in the work that they do and in their approach to the profession. Additionally, candidates should have demonstrated experience teaching at the college or secondary level

Preferred qualifications: a bachelor’s degree in a related audio field and a minimum of three years teaching at the college or university level in the areas of recording arts and music production.


Interested candidates must apply through the USC online system at Candidates are asked to provide:

  • A letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Three references

Review of applications will begin as soon as early November, and the position will remain open until filled.

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