Drummer’s Call: American University Looking for Top Instructor

cmu-logoCarnegie Mellon University is looking for a  new drumming instructor for its ‘Pipes and Drums’. Job Description Summary:

The Drumming Instructor leads the drum corps of Carnegie Mellon University Pipes and Drums, providing support to Director, Andrew Carlisle. The Drumming Instructor will work closely with Director Andrew Carlisle to elevate the stature of the drum corps in support of the university’s award-winning band. Working 10 months a year at 20 hours per week, the Drumming Instructor will lead instrumental snare drum instruction by developing a syllabus that caters to drummers of all levels. The Drumming Instructor will compose drum scores and ensure drumming equipment is maintained to support the corps’ success. In addition to leading all instructional efforts, the Drumming Instructor will perform with and support the band at university, local and national performances. Periodic travel to regional and sometimes national Highland Games and other performances. Weekly evening rehearsals, weekend and other evening performances as required. The successful candidate must obtain all background clearances as may be required by Pennsylvania Act 153.

Responsibilities include:

  • Snare drum instrumental instruction to current and new members of the pipe band;
  • Development of a drumming program syllabus that meets the range of needs from beginner to advanced snare drummers;
  • Performing with and supporting the band at all performances and competitions, including travel with the band at all out-of-town performances and competitions;
  • Composition of snare drum scores for all competition music and concert repertoire of the band;
  • Working closely with the Mid-section Instructor to ensure the snare, bass and tenor drum scores fully complement music that the pipers perform;
  • Maintenance and tuning of snare, bass and tenor drums;
  • Ensuring that the students within the pipe band are equipped with the best possible instruments, harnesses, drumsticks and practice pads commensurate with annual budget allocations;
  • Ensuring that the drum corps is fully prepared for performances and competitions.

Position breakdown:

60% Instrumental snare drum instruction. Constructing and developing a syllabus that caters for drummers of all levels. Assisting the Director of the Pipes and Drums by providing leadership to the drum section.
30% Direction of the drum corps during rehearsals and performances. Performing with and supporting the band at performances.
10% Administrative: Composition of drum scores, administrative support to the Director of Piping, maintenance of drums and tuning of drums, ensuring the student drummers are equipped with appropriate instruments, stick and harnesses.


The ideal candidate will have the following experiences and qualifications: experience with teaching snare drumming meeting a range of ability levels from complete beginners to advanced level students; experience with leading a pipe band drum corps; experience in performing with accomplished pipe bands; prior exposure to well-regarded pipe band competitions; experience with drum score composition, writing scores for snare, bass and tenor drums; attained professional performance level of pipe band snare drumming teaching; strong communication and motivation skills; ability to attract and recruit students; ability to compose sympathetic drum scores to complement music selected and arranged by the Director of Piping.

Preferred qualifications include: Bachelor’s degree, performing at highest level of pipe band competition; led a successful pipe band’s drum corps; composed snare, bass and tenor drum scores for a successful pipe band.

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Please visit “Why Carnegie Mellon” to learn more about becoming part of an institution inspiring innovations that change the world. http://www.cmu.edu/jobs/why-cmu/index.html. A listing of employee benefits is available at: http://www.cmu.edu/jobs/benefits-at-a-glance/index.html.
Department URL: http://www.cmu.edu/student-affairs/dean/pipes/
Job Function: Faculty / Instruction
Primary Location: United States-Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh
Time Type: Part Time
Minimum Education Level: None Specified
Preferred Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent
Salary: Monthly part-time salary $1,600-$2,100

Further information and access to the online application form may be found here: https://cmu.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=2001088 Carnegie Mellon is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer — M/F/Disability/Veteran

Andrew Carlisle
Professor of Music
Director of Piping
Department of Student Affairs | School of Music
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Office: 412-268-8613

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