Adjunct Instructor - Violin & Viola

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college's mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

Various - individually scheduled 

The instructor is responsible for fostering student learning through effectively teaching private music lessons in the Kirkwood liberal arts music curriculum.   Teaching responsibilities include offering lessons to students of various skill levels and experience, planning lesson activities, demonstrating appropriate techniques, and evaluating and reposting student performance and progress. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach effectively in a variety of musical styles and show evidence of successful studio teaching at the college level. Candidates should also demonstrate proven artistry as a performer.

  • 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 account for our actions.
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and create a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.


  • Teach applied viola and violin lessons each week 
  • Assist in preparing students for juries and recitals
  • 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
  • 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.


Position involves working in a classroom setting. Occasional (10-33%) sitting, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work.  Constant (67-100%) standing, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing. 


  • Master of Music or Master of Arts degree in violin or viola performance
  • College Teaching Experience
  • DMA or PhD in Music Performance or Pedagogy in violin or voila.
  • Ability to demonstrate successful teaching in a variety of styles.
  • Outstanding leadership, organizational and communication skills.  

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: 

Job Benefits:

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Job ID: 85309

Posted 12 days ago

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