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Institution: Open University

Position: Lecturer in Music

General Information:

Start Date: 1 October 2018

Duration of post: Until 31 December 2020

Working hours: 37 hours per week


The successful candidate will also have a track record of successful research and/or firm and detailed plans for future research, with clear potential for REF submission in a field of music studies. The lecturer will be expected to contribute to the teaching and research culture of the Music Discipline and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and to support interdisciplinary work in the University.

Education, qualifications and training
• A good honours degree with content relevant to the study of music.
• A PhD or other equivalent qualification, completed or about to be obtained. Knowledge, work and other relevant experience

• Specialist knowledge in the areas of music theory/analysis and popular music.
• The ability and readiness to prepare printed and online teaching materials and to support modules in presentation through online and face-to-face teaching, the preparation of assessment materials, and participation in Quality Assurance and examination processes.
• A willingness and ability to contribute to teaching on a range of modules, including some that will be beyond the post-holder’s normal areas of specialisation.
• A track record of successful research and/or firm and detailed plans for future research with clear potential for REF submission in a field of music studies.
• An understanding of the pedagogy for teaching music in HE, including an understanding of the nature of the Open University’s distance and online teaching.

• Experience or knowledge of distance or adult education.
• Understanding of the nature of the Faculty’s qualifications and modules.
• Research outputs or planned outputs which include clear knowledge transfer activities and/or activities with demonstrable impact (as defined by the Research Excellence Framework).
• The ability to contribute teaching and/or research in music technology.
• An interdisciplinary approach to research and/or teaching, with a willingness to think across genre/subject boundaries.
• The ability to contribute to maintaining and raising the profile of the Department and the Faculty (e.g. through outreach activities or funding applications).
• Experience of activities designed to widen participation in HE.

Personal abilities and qualities

• The ability to communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing.
• The ability to work as an effective and collegial member of a team, with the communication
and inter-personal skills needed to encourage co-operation and co- ordination of work.
• Efficiency, organisational skills (including the ability to work to deadlines) and the ability to use IT.
• Commitment to the ideals of The Open University, including widening participation in HE and equality and diversity issues.

• Having taken the initiative to achieve better teaching and learning, or improve working practices, or take advantage of new technology.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

OU Music is recruiting a lecturer to assist in redesigning undergraduate offerings that develop core skills in notating and analysing the materials of music. The successful candidate will have expertise in music theory/analysis and in popular music, and will contribute to the production and maintenance of current and future OU music modules.

The post-holder will be expected to contribute to the teaching and research culture of the Music Discipline and Faculty and support interdisciplinary work in the University. You will be expected to become involved in a range of specific departmental activities, including:
• Contributing to the department in general terms as a scholar of music;
• Contributing to module production and maintenance on current and future OU music modules, especially within the areas of music theory/analysis and popular music;
• Taking a part in the assessment and examination of undergraduate and postgraduate modules and postgraduate students;
• Producing research and participating in departmental conferences and seminars;
• Supervising postgraduates working on musicological, ethnomusicological and/or interdisciplinary research projects;
• Taking on leadership and administrative roles, as required by the Head of School;
• Playing an active role within the Faculty.

OU Music is currently redesigning undergraduate offerings that develop core skills in reading and writing music notation, and in understanding and analysing the materials of music, so the post-holder should be able to teach in these areas as well as in some area or areas of popular music.

Salary Range: £32,548 - £47,722 per annum according to qualifications and experience

Items to Send:

Your application should include the following:
• A completed application form (long version).
• A curriculum vitae that includes details of academic qualifications, teaching, management and research experience, grants received and publications.
• A cover letter addressing the person specification and detailing why you are suitable for this position (no longer than 2 sides of A4).

An application form and job related information are available online. For detailed information and how to apply go to

Closing Date: 29 May, 2018

Interview date: during July 2018

We promote diversity in employment and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Deadline: May 28, 2018


Email quoting the reference number 14627.

Other Information:

OU Music academics are all active both in teaching and research. Our degree modules are recognised as among the best in the country, offering in-depth and up-to-date study of a wealth of musical styles, historical periods and themes. The Department was rated 'excellent' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). 94% of our submissions were rated 3* (‘internationally excellent’) or 4* (‘world-leading’). The impact of our research and our research environment scored 100% 3* and 4*.

For undergraduate study, the Department provides a suite of complementary courses dealing with a wide range of art, popular and folk musics. Most recently, the Department has developed a collaborative credit module entitled ‘The Practice of Music Making’ with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Music also features in the Faculty's interdisciplinary courses at Level 1, and we have active links in both teaching and research with other faculties, including STEM and FELS. We offer a part-time Music MA programme as well as research degrees, and in autumn 2018 we will be launching an Honours BA in Music.

Music research at the OU is developed through high-profile individual and collaborative projects focusing on a wide range of approaches to music, with a distinctive emphasis on innovation and interdisciplinary research. Research in music is centered on a range of musicological themes and topics with particular strengths in historical musicology. Specialisms in the department cover musical analysis, editing, performance practice, film music, music iconography, ethnomusicology, acoustical research, cultural theory and organology.

For more information, please see our website at:

For Academic Staff the Open University has no set hours of work. The hours will be those necessary for the performance of the member’s duties having regard, as appropriate, to office hours set by the Council and operational demands. For further details, please refer to the Terms and Conditions for Academic Staff.

Date Listed: 05/02/2018

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