Bass Instructor – Part Time

Music Department

Cornish has, for over 100 years, dedicated itself to educating aspiring artists in the vibrant creative community of Seattle.  Classes at Cornish are primarily taught by working artists with ties to the local and national professional arts scene. Cornish alumni work regularly in the arts in Seattle and across the country.

The Music Department of Cornish College of the Arts seeks a new faculty member in the area of bass instruction. We seek a diverse and dynamic teaching artist who has experience across a wide range of musical styles and approaches including classical, jazz, improvised, and contemporary. Ability to work with composers and composer-performers is of high importance. This is a part-time position, dependent on the number of enrolled students interested in bass studies in a given semester. 

As one of the only art colleges in the United States with a music department, Cornish offers a distinct approach to training musicians: an integration of performance and composition. Vocalists, instrumentalists, and composers work side-by-side in the same curriculum, across wide stylistic ground, allowing ample opportunity for both focused study and experimentation. Our faculty consists of artists, teachers, and scholars who are deeply committed to our program and our students. Please learn more about the Cornish Music department and our faculty at

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in music
  • Fluency in range of musical styles including classical, jazz, improvisation, contemporary
  • 3-5 years of teaching experience 
  • Significant experience as a performer

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in music (or equivalent experience)
  • College level teaching experience
  • Ability to teach in classroom or ensemble settings
  • Experience in composition, electronic music, or other area of interest
  • Artistic profile at the local, national and international levels
  • Ability to recruit high-level students


  • Private Instruction: $1005.41 (semester, 15 weeks) / paid over 4 months = $251,35 monthly, per student
  • Class Instruction: 3.00 credit classes $119.16 hr./$5,362.20 (semester, 15 weeks) / paid over 4 months = $1,240.55 per month

Application Process

Please submit the following materials to

  • Cover letter detailing your interest in the position, your background, and an overview of your teaching philosophy
  • CV/Resume including link to personal/professional website with audio or video samples of your work
  • Cornish Employment Application Form

Deadline for submission of materials: March 9, 2023

Equal Opportunity Statement

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts operates under a Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiated with the Cornish Federation of Teachers (CFT). All faculty compensation placement abides by the salary scale negotiated with the CFT. Faculty participate in College governance via the Faculty Senate.

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