Adjunct Instructor, Classical Saxophone – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music invites applicants for an appointment as Adjunct Instructor in Classical Saxophone Performance to begin in Fall 2024. 

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. 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.   For more information, please visit us at

With a student cohort that is largely BIPOC, gender expansive, and with a wide range of ages and experience, the applicant must be adept at teaching, communicating and empathizing with an extraordinarily diverse student population. The University’s commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we encourage applications from candidates who identify with groups that are historically underrepresented in the academy.


Duties of the position include teaching individual instruction to a studio  with an anticipated enrollment of 8 to 9 saxophone majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, leading weekly saxophone performance class, coaching chamber ensembles such as saxophone quartet.  Duties include participation in department activities, including student recruitment.  Teaching load could vary based on enrollment.


The ideal candidate will possess a combination, not necessarily all, of the following experiences:

  • Preferred Education: Master’s degree in music

  • A record of success as a teacher of college or university-level saxophone students

Review of applications will commence immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

The salary hiring range for this position is  $32,000 to $36,000 per semester for a studio of 9 students. 

When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

To Apply

Interested candidates must apply through the USC online system.  Candidates are asked to provide a curriculum vitae and email addresses for three references.  Do not send recordings and other supporting materials unless requested.  Materials will not be returned.

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