Lecturer in Music: Music Production & Sound Engineering

Job Description

The newly established dBs Institute – Manchester Centre at New Century has an exciting opportunity for a Lecturer in Music Production & Sound Engineering to join a fresh and dynamic teaching team.

This role will allow you to teach as a member of the lecturing team, within a variety of settings, using a variety of teaching and assessment methods and within an established programme of study across our newly validated BA (Hons) Electronic Music Production, BA(Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering, BSc(Hons) Live Sound programmes. In addition, this position may also allow you to teach on the Games Development Programme(s) and MA in Electronic Music Production and MA Music Production & Sound Engineering programmes.

This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to develop their academic career in a small and friendly environment, whilst utilising strong student support and employer engagement skills to drive a key area of growth for the centre.

About You

This role would suit a Music Producer/Sound Engineer with either an excellent production portfolio and/or extensive experience in the sound/music industry (freelance or contract work), with a particular focus on the delivery of studio recording techniques, mixing, mastering and immersive audio practices.

Duties are primarily to develop and deliver teaching material in our timetabled sessions and sup-port the students in our various music production and sound engineering orientated workshops and studios. You should have the ability to work closely with a variety of internal/external stake-holders, bringing diverse voices into the student experience, ensuring the support we give our students is culturally competent.

In addition, whilst guiding students through the production process, you will be expected to supervise collaborative teams made up of students from across our sound and music provision and support learners academically and pastorally throughout their programme of study.

Qualifications/Experience (essential):

Good honours degree in relevant subject area (ie. at 2.1 or First level)
Excellent Music portfolio with a particular focus on the delivery of Production and Engineering.
Relevant industry and/or academic experience of Music Production & Sound Engineering with an ability to contribute to teaching Music Production and Technology.
Experience of working in the music industry as Music Producer/ Sound Engineer (freelance or contract work) with a particular focus on the delivery of Production Projects
Strong, high-quality portfolio demonstrating varied abilities commensurate with the role.

Qualifications/Experience (desirable):

Master’s degree (or equivalent) and capacity to register for doctoral study/ or research if needed
Completed, or commitment to complete, a relevant teaching qualification such as Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or PGCHE
Experience of teaching Music Production & Sound Engineering within an HE environment
Experience of module leadership
Experience of leading the development, design, delivery and assessment of modules and courses at various levels.
Experience of curriculum development, course management and implementing quality assurance and enhancement processes across awards.
Experience of supervising undergraduate or postgraduate projects
Experience in HE mentorship, academic support or coaching experience
A demonstrable commitment to scholarship, research and/or innovation.

Other Duties include:

Developing innovative learning and teaching strategies including digital materials and hybrid learning to promote an inclusive learning environment
Supervising and assisting students with their production/engineering portfolios.
Assisting students with individual practice projects and technical skills development.
Conducting and utilising peer review, feedback and critique sessions on students’ projects and portfolios
Scheduling assessment feedback opportunities for portfolio development and employability

We are looking to hear from candidates who have the following skills/experience:

Excellent music production and sound engineering skills in particular the use of ProTools
Excellent understanding of microphone theory and practice
An excellent practical experience of working on professional sound/music projects through to completion
Confidence with a range of music production software platforms and plugins
Experience of the use of hardware within music production and sound engineering processes.
A good understanding of the modern Music/Sound Industry and the role of a professional within this
An understanding of how a producer/engineer’s skill-set fits into the wider Creative Industries.
Experience working on collaborative projects at a commercial level
Strong communication skills to collaborate with other professionals within the sector

For further details on the skills/experience required for this role, please see the full job description and person specification.

Why work for us

dBs is part of the Access Creative College wider group having been acquired by ACC in 2021.

dBs was established in 1998 and pride themselves on having built a dedicated community of students, alumni and staff upon their beliefs.

At dBs we believe sound is powerful, people tend to think of sound as intangible. There one moment, gone the next, sound leaves no traces, and so its influence is often underestimated. At dBs, we see things differently. We’ve witnessed the power of sound to transform lives and unite communities. To move people, both physically and emotionally, and bring out the potential in the most unlikely of students. The way we believe sound is a powerful force, and one that should be leveraged for good. We’ve built a dedicated community of students, alumni and staff upon this belief. Spread across our centres in Bristol and Plymouth, we are diverse in nature but all connected by one thing. We are driven by sound.

Working for dBs means working with colleagues who are talented, hard-working, dedicated and fun people so that we can give our students the best experience possible.

Salary: £16,000 to £18,000 per annum
Hours: 18.75 hours per week
Benefits: Access Creative College / dBs also offers competitive remuneration and other job benefits dependent on role such as: Enhanced holiday / annual leave Enhanced maternity / paternity / adoption pay Sabbatical leave Employee Assistance Programme Employee Recognition Awards Teacher training which is transferable throughout the FE Sector

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