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Adjunct Instructor in Music Performance

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
31 May 2024

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The Division of Arts and Humanities at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) invites applications for Adjunct Faculty positions in Music Performance. 

Responsibilities may include teaching group performance classes (beginner and intermediate), individual lessons, and/or ensembles. The typical time commitment is between 2.5 and 8 hours of classroom time per week.

Applicant specializations may include, but are not limited to: Woodwinds, Brass Instruments, Orchestral Strings, Piano, Guitar/Bass Guitar, Percussion, Drum Set, Voice, and Instruments of Arab musical traditions (including Oud, Qanun, Nay, Violin, and Voice).

About NYU Abu Dhabi

Established in partnership between New York University (NYU) and the emirate of Abu Dhabi, over the last decade, NYUAD has assembled a remarkable community of scholars, students, researchers, artists, inventors, and others who have contributed to the growth of the UAE’s capital as a global hub of knowledge and culture while establishing a new model of higher education for today’s complex world.

NYUAD is animated by inspiring and diverse faculty, students, and staff working together in an exciting and dynamic city. As an international center of excellence in teaching and research, our goal is to attract outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields, encouraging them to create programs that draw outstanding students and provide an intellectually rich environment.

NYUAD students come from more than 126 countries, with no single nationality exceeding more than 15 percent of the total student population. Likewise, our over 320 faculty members represent more than 45 nationalities and bring a global perspective to their classrooms and research projects. NYUAD is committed to building and strengthening a university-wide culture of inclusion, diversity, belonging and equity (IDBE), which is fundamental to the University’s commitment to excellence. Visit our website for more information on NYUAD’s commitment to IDBE and how these values are fundamental to our mission.

Students are drawn from among the world’s best. They are bright, intellectually passionate, and committed to building a campus environment anchored in mutual respect, understanding, and care. The NYUAD undergraduate student body has garnered an impressive record of scholarships, graduate-school admissions, and other global honors. Graduate education is an area of growth for the University; the current graduate student population of over 100 students is expected to expand in the next decade as we develop new graduate programs.


Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • UAE citizen or UAE residence visa holder.
  • Eligible for an NOC letter from the current employer/sponsor (if applicable) permitting the candidate to teach at NYUAD.
  • An accomplished professional performer.
  • Experience as a teacher at multiple levels of student development.
  • Proficient in spoken and written English.

Desired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Music required; Master’s or Doctoral degree preferred
  • Demonstrated excellence at teaching a diverse population of students

We welcome candidates with additional scholarly expertise and research interests that complement their performance skills. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 15, 2024.

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit the following items:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • Professional Portfolio - Web links to one or more audio or video performances may be included in the CV/resume or a separate PDF document. (Please do not submit audio or video files as attachments.)
  • Teaching Statement (optional)
  • List of Courses Taught (optional)
  • Relevant Syllabi (optional)

Please note that written approval in the form of a No Objection Certificate is required from your current UAE employer prior to accepting this offer.

We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis until May 15, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. We anticipate that successful candidates can start the appointment and relocate to Abu Dhabi in Fall 2024, subject to final budget approval.

For questions about this position, please email

Join NYU Abu Dhabi, an exceptional place for exceptional people.

NYUAD values diversity, inclusion, belonging, and equity; such principles are fundamental to the university's commitment to excellence. NYUAD is an equal-opportunity employer.  We particularly welcome applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups, women, and UAE nationals. Multidisciplinary research and exceptional teaching in a highly diverse and inclusive campus community are hallmarks of the University’s mission.


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Deadline May 31, 2024

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