Position Available – Undergraduate Vocal Teacher

JMI is looking for an enthusiastic and highly skilled new vocal teacher to deliver the Principal Study subject for its Bachelor and Diploma vocal students commencing in semester 1, 2021.  Below are the full details for the advertised position.

JOB TITLE: Academic Teacher


PAY AWARD: Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2010

TYPE:  Sessional Part-time Employment

SUPER: Employer Contribution 9.5%


WEEKS PER YEAR: 26 WEEKS – (Late Feb – Late June; Late July – Late November)


JMI is a private higher education provider delivering Bachelor, Diploma and Certificate courses specialising in jazz performance. JMI has been delivering courses in jazz since 1997. JMI enjoys a reputation throughout Australia as one of the finest jazz institutes in the country.

JMI prides itself of its community atmosphere and high level of student satisfaction. This is achieved by delivering genuine educational outcomes and providing a holistic educational experience through industry interaction, peer support and a personal approach to teaching.

JMI’s courses reinforce the importance of learning the jazz tradition. Music is a language that requires an understanding of its syntax and symbols to truly express oneself in a creative and meaningful way. So, at JMI it is essential that all staff have a deep understanding of the history of jazz music and a respect for where the music has come from and where it is going to.


Deliver Principal Study subject to the vocal students in the Bachelor and Diploma program. This involves a one-hour lesson each week for each vocal student across 13 weeks of each semester. The Principal Study teacher assesses a student’s skill during the first lesson and provides appropriate vocal instruction so that students can progress towards their musical goals and meet the learning outcomes of the Principal Study subject. Access to the full course outlines for the Principal Study subject can be found here.

The Principal Study teacher will need to prepare each student for their technical assessment, transcription, recital performance and research essay. The Principal Study teacher will also be required to assess their students’ technical assessment, transcription and research essay, and sit on the Internal Panel assessing their students’ recital performance.

Principal Study teachers will be expected to be able to deliver classes between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. Principal Study teachers will be expected to undertake up to 2 hours of associated preparation, assessment and student consultation for every hour of teaching, as per the Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2010.

Academic teachers are also required to undertake regular professional development and scholarly activity to ensure continuous growth and improvement in pedagogical approaches.


Applicants are required to at least have the following qualifications:

  • Completed a Bachelor of Music or equivalent
    • Majoring in jazz studies or equivalent
  • Completed a post-graduate qualification of Level 8 or above on the Australian Qualifications Framework
    • Majoring in education, vocal pedagogy, music or equivalent


Applicants are also required to have:

  • good communication skills
  • experience in teaching voice across different skill levels
  • an extensive technical understanding of the voice
  • an extensive understanding of jazz theory and harmony
  • an extensive understanding of jazz repertoire
  • a passion for education and fostering growth in others


It is also preferred that applicants:

  • Are active performers in the jazz industry
  • Are open-minded, enthusiastic, positive and pro-active
  • Are interested in the further development of jazz music in Australia


All applicants are required to submit a cover letter, CV and a copy of their qualifications.

Shortlisted applicants will then be assessed through the following process:

  • An interview with JMI’s CEO, Head of School and Course Coordinator
  • A performance with JMI staff performing standard jazz repertoire

Appointment recommendations will be forwarded to JMI’s Academic Board for final approval of appointment.


Applicants are to send their cover letter, CV’s and qualifications through to play@jazz.qld.edu.au

Applications will close on Friday 4th December 2020.

Any enquiries regarding duties and responsibilities should be directed to:

Dan Quigley
Head of School
+61 7 3216 1110

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