Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Popular Music

Job Type
Full Time Permanent
£34,189 - £48,677 per annum
Waterside Campus
Closing Date
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About the job

Interview Date: 18 December 2019

The role of lecturer/senior lecturer in Popular Music will be filled by a candidate with an established track record within popular music education as well as experience of working within the music industry or its associated professional fields. The role will involve classroom and workshop teaching as well as tutorials and will be informed by an excellent record of research or practice in the field of popular music as well as the clear ability to link this to inform teaching. Whilst the role is primarily centred around teaching the composing and technical aspects of popular music and music production, the ability to teach around the issues of cultural study, and the ability to play an instrument to a high standard is also highly desirable.

The post-holder will operate with a supportive, proactive and team-based approach while providing appropriate and timely advice and guidance to the programme leader and managers in effectively dealing with their day-to-day operational needs. 

Skills Knowledge & Experience

The Post-holder will have significant experience working in the music industry either as practitioner or educator. A highly tuned understanding of the technical side of music is required, i.e. acoustics, professional standards within the DAW (Logic X, Ableton 10, Pro Tools, Native Instruments), understanding of synthesis and digital audio, a keen understanding of loudness, decibels, frequency and pitch, and studio engineering experience (multi input recording, microphone use, studio management, mixing console proficiency).

The Post-holder will have significant ability to play at least one instrument, and experience of performing and organising musical events (gigs). Experience of composing, sound design and other creative endeavours is essential here, and will need to be evidenced during the interview process.

Strong organisational skills and the ability to balance conflicting priorities is essential. Excellent IT skills, including competence in, and experience of using, standard Microsoft software packages (Outlook, Word, Excel) and Mac OS X equivalent (Pages, Numbers, Keynote).

Significant experience teaching and using VLE’s is essential, as is a desire to incorporate active blended learning into your teaching schedule. You will be required to regularly create and update your teaching resources so as to actively reflect an ever-changing music industry.



  • Professional Recognition as HEA Fellow (D2) or teaching qualification recognised by HESA, or willingness to obtain within a reasonable period.
  • First degree in a relevant subject area
  • A PhD or advanced degree in a relevant subject area


  • Instrumental grades (5-8)
  • Software certification (Pro Tools, Avid, Apple, Native Instruments)

About Us

The University of Northampton’s focus on a personalised learning experience for our students was recently cited by HEFCE as a reason for our Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017. To augment this approach further we have adopted an ‘Active Blended Learning’ (ABL) approach which places greater emphasis on student-centred activities that support the development of subject knowledge, understanding, independent learning and digital fluency. Successful candidates for academic posts at the University of Northampton will be expected to adopt ABL as standard in their teaching practice.

This is an exciting time to join our University following our relocation in September 2018 to a new purpose-built, town-centre campus designed to adapt to 21st century teaching and the ABL model.  We are looking to recruit individuals who share our passion for innovation, creativity and social impact and who will play a key role as we realise our ambition of transforming lives for the better and inspiring positive change.

The University of Northampton is one of only two Ashoka U Changemaker Campuses in the UK, and in 2017 was awarded the Social Enterprise Gold Mark, an independent guarantee that we have proven to our employees, students and stakeholders that we are committed to continuous improvement across our business in order to consistently deliver a positive impact on people and planet.

Right to Work

All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.


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