MU342 Remote - Analysis of Popular Music - 0.5 Credit

Date: Jun 9, 2021

Location: Waterloo, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Faculty/Academic Area: Faculty of Music 

Department: N/A 

Campus: Waterloo 

Employee Group: WLUFA 

Requisition ID: 2100 



Position Title: MU342 Remote – Analysis of Popular Music – 0.5 Credit

Term: Fall 2021 (Sept. 1 – Dec. 31)

Days/Times: Wednesday & Friday 8:30am – 9:50am

Hours per week/Hours Total: 3/36

Anticipated Class Size: 40

Additional Course Requirements: None

Posted on: June 9, 2021

Posting ends: June 19, 2021


Position Summary:


The Faculty of Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, requires part-time contract teaching faculty (CTF) to teach the course listed below in the Fall Term 2021 to be taught remotely. Following is a brief description of the course to indicate the content and level of difficulty. We would be happy to provide additional information that may be required.


MU342 – Analysis of Popular Music –  0.5 credit


A study of the scholarly literature in the analysis and interpretation of popular music and related issues. Students will develop analytical writing skills, and the course will culminate in the presentation of an original analysis.


This course is an advanced-level elective course for students who have completed MU242 (Structure in Pop Music) or MU266 (Theory III). The focus of the course is to deepen students’ ability to analyze and interpret an array of popular music styles through various analytical and interpretive lenses. The course may include popular genres as diverse as rock n’ roll, folk, hip hop, electronic music, syncretic music, and/or other prominent pop styles. Candidates with expertise in African-American popular music are particularly welcome. The course may include diverse modes of analysis/interpretation, and may also include a focus on application, such as having students analyze music towards notating or arranging music for their own performance practice. Students taking this course will have varying backgrounds in theory (some will have Western Art Music theory, and others with popular music theory). The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate how they will work with this diverse set of students to challenge them, while meeting them at their areas of expertise. Applicants should submit a teaching dossier that describes their pedagogical approach to popular music analysis, any course innovations in curriculum, design and/or assessments, and other relevant teaching documents.


Qualifications – Required: Master’s Degree in composition, musicology, music theory or related field. A professional musician who has advanced experience arranging and performing a variety of musical styles within popular music genres.

Qualifications – Areas of Specialization: must demonstrate professional, academic, and/or teaching experience in analysis of popular music. Must demonstrate commitment to inclusion and equity in pedagogy and content.


Salary: $8,414.99

Application Deadline: June 19, 2021

Submit with Application:


Required for All Applicants

  • CV (required)

Required for External Applicants

  • Names and Contact Information for Referees
  • Evidence of Good Teaching


  • Cover Letter
  • Teaching Dossier
  • Sample Course Outline (2-pages maximum)


Applicants will be required to submit proof of academic credentials for highest degree prior to being awarded a contract. It is highly recommended that applicants include this verification with their application.


Applications may be addressed to:

Renée Ellis

Faculty of Music

Wilfrid Laurier University

Waterloo, Ontario


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This appointment is in accordance with the Contract Teaching Faculty and Part-time Librarians Collective Agreement, for which the Wilfrid Laurier Faculty Association (WLUFA) is the exclusive bargaining agent.  All applicants are assessed using both the “Appendix H: Assessment of CTF Candidates under 13.6.1” in the collective agreement and the program specific rubric. Candidates should review these documents and ensure the information required is easily accessible in the application. 


Please Note:

For Supplementary Remuneration for large classes or multi-section courses, see Article 28.3

Pursuant to Article 13.5 of the Collective Agreement for Contract Teaching Faculty (CTF) and Part-time Librarians, all applicants shall apply electronically. Applications must be received by 23:59 local time of the date on the posting.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates from equity deserving groups. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at We have strived to make our application process accessible, however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources. Contact information can be found at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. 

Members of the designated groups must self-identify to the appropriate Dean(s) to be considered for employment equity.

In accordance with the requirements of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the successful applicants will be required to prove they are legally able to work in Canada.

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All course offerings will be contingent on adequate student registration and subject to budgetary funding.

Members of the Contract Teaching Faculty bargaining unit:

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Courses created specifically for online instruction have been collaboratively designed by a content expert (normally a faculty member) and an instructional designer and digital media and educational technology specialists. Online course development is guided by instructional design strategies and makes use of pedagogically led technology.  Online courses are intentionally developed for instructors and students to be separated by space (location) and/or time (often both).

Remote instruction, as the term is used here, uses technology-enabled tools and software to facilitate course delivery when in-person instruction is not possible in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Remote" instruction is not directly comparable to "online course" instruction. The difference is not in the quality of the content, but in the design of content delivery.

In-person fall teaching will be supported by classroom safety and hygiene protocols aligned with public health guidelines in effect at the time and will adhere to any COVID-19 related university policies including the COVID-19 face covering policy.  Questions related to classroom safety protocols can be directed to SHERM ( Questions related to employment accommodation needs can be directed to the confidential Health & Abilities team in Human Resources

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