Adjunct - Guitar Instructor

Kirkwood Community College

Job Reference #: 02119


Kirkwood is seeking a guitar instructor to join the growing music area, beginning Fall 2024, on the Cedar Rapids Main Campus.

Pay is $1,294 per credit hour.   
The instructor is responsible for fostering student learning through effective teaching of private music lessons, and working collaboratively with students and ensembles.  Teaching responsibilities include teaching applied guitar to music program and transfer students, and facilitating sophomore recitals for guitar students in collaboration with the director of instrumental music. The candidate will have the opportunity to engage collaboratively with both faculty and students in recital and performance preparation. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach effectively and show evidence of successful studio teaching, preferable at the post-secondary level. This position consists of a varied schedule dependent upon enrollment during the academic year.


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence. 
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and accountability for our actions.  
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and creating a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.  
  • Perseverance- a commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.  
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence. 


  • Teach applied lessons each week 
  • Assist in preparing students for juries and recitals through collaboration.
  • Coordinate with students to establish a regular meeting schedule for the semester.
  • Maintain current course syllabi and provide it to all students taught.
  • Effectively organize and teach assigned music lessons in accordance with established syllabi.
  • Make recommendations concerning curriculum revision and development.


  • Demonstrate excellence of technique and professionalism as a musician.
  • Communicate clearly expectations for collaboration with other applied music instructors, and students.
  • Be able and willing to represent the college in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve.
  • Be able to organize and present music concepts to a wide range of students with varying backgrounds and abilities, and adjust teaching techniques accordingly.
  • Manage the lesson studio in a manner that is acceptable and consistent with the department and college objectives, guidelines, policies, and practices.
  • Assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.   

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned. PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES WITH/WITHOUT REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:

Position involves sitting and/or standing most of the time in a studio setting.  Frequent (34-66%) repetitive motion, stooping, crouching, pushing, pulling, carrying and exerting up to 10 pounds. Also, frequent (34-66%) reaching, standing, walking, lifting, grasping. Constant (67-100%) talking, hearing and viewing various types of close work.


  • Master of Arts (MA) or Master of Music (MM) degree in guitar performance or Jazz studies, 


  • Higher Education teaching experience
  • Demonstrated collaborative experience in a variety of musical genres

Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email:

Kirkwood Community College prides itself on fostering a diverse workforce and values unique perspectives throughout its campus community. The college is a convenient, innovative, visionary educational leader striving to remain affordable and accessible. With more than 140 majors and programs, Kirkwood boasts 16,000 annual college-credit students while maintaining one of the lowest tuitions in the state. All degree-seeking students are eligible for federal financial aid and the college offers more than $3 million in scholarships each year to students from all walks of life.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. 

Job ID: 98209

Posted 13 days ago

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