Employment Opportunities



Assistant Professor of Music Education
(Early Childhood and Elementary General Music)

Job Area: Music Education 

The College of Music at Michigan State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Music Education beginning Fall 2019. The Music Education Area at Michigan State University is committed to encouraging and expanding scholarship and teaching practice in new and innovative areas of music education as well as to developing the practical applications of that scholarship. We seek a creative, dynamic colleague with successful teaching expertise, a scholarly agenda that is important and innovative, and potential for leadership in our profession. 

Teaching responsibilities include undergraduate courses in elementary general and early childhood music undergraduate and graduate courses related to the candidate’s background and scholarly interests. Preference for a candidate with elementary general music background. Areas of interest may include but are not limited to: 

  • Early childhood and elementary general music methods that may include Gordon Music Learning Theory, Orff Schulwerk, the Kodály method, Dalcroze Eurhythmics
  • Quantitative research
  • Psychology and music education
  • Urban music education
  • Vernacular musics/music making
  • Technological applications in music education

In addition, the candidate will contribute to the advising of master’s and doctoral students, placement and supervision of music student teachers, collaboration with the early childhood music program at the Community Music Schools, and the work of the New Directions Institute. Additional duties include committee service, recruiting activities, continuing connections between music education and general education, grant writing, and participation in the ongoing work of the music education area and the college. 

Required Degree:

Doctorate-Music Education or related field

Minimum Requirements:

Earned doctorate in music education (or equivalent) by August 15, 2019; three or more years of successful K-12 music teaching as well as college teaching experience; and an emerging or established record of scholarship, including publications, conference presentations, and other appropriate activity. 

Required Application Materials:

Please provide a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference. Videos of teaching will be required in subsequent rounds.

Special Instructions:

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution. 

Deadline for Application: November 15, 2018 or until filled. Applications will be reviewed continuously and will be accepted until the position is filled. To apply, go to: http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/listing/ and select posting # 540797

For more information about the College, please visit our website at www.music.msu.edu.

MSU and the College of Music are committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.


 

Assistant Professor in Music Theory

Job Area: Music Theory

The College of Music at Michigan State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Music Theory beginning Fall 2019. The Music Theory Area at Michigan State University interacts with nearly every student in the College of Music: undergraduate majors in performance, music education, jazz studies, and composition; Master’s and Doctoral students in performance, composition, and conducting; and Master’s students in music theory, whom we prepare with the analytical, practical, research, and pedagogical skills needed for doctoral study and for successful music theory teaching at the collegiate level. We seek a dynamic scholar-teacher to join our faculty.

Teaching responsibilities are likely to include parts of the undergraduate music theory and aural skills cores, specialized courses for Master’s students majoring in music theory, and analysis courses for Master’s and Doctoral students throughout the college. The successful candidate is expected to advance a nationally known research agenda in the form of publications and presentations.

In addition, the candidate will contribute to the advising of Master’s and Doctoral students, participate in the administration of exams, and play an active role in charting the future direction of the Music Theory Area. Additional responsibilities include committee service, recruiting, grant writing, and collaboration with colleagues in other areas of the College of Music.

Required Qualifications:   

  • a completed doctorate in music theory at the time of appointment;
  • a strong commitment to music theory pedagogy and successful university-level teaching experience;
  • an emerging or established record of scholarly productivity, including conference presentations and publications;
  • demonstrated ability to teach effectively at multiple levels, including in the undergraduate core; in junior- and senior-level electives; in courses for graduate performers, conductors, and composers; and in specialized seminars for Master’s students in music theory.

Desired Qualifications:

  • research specialization(s) that would add to those of our current music theory faculty;
  • demonstrated success teaching a variety of subjects such as aural skills, counterpoint, undergraduate core theory, 20th- and 21st-century techniques, Schenkerian analysis, and keyboard skills.

Application:

To apply, please visit http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/listing/ and select posting # 539959 in the faculty/academic staff section.

Please provide:

  • a cover letter;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a one-page statement of teaching philosophy;
  • and three letters of recommendation.

Following initial review of applications, candidates will be asked to submit writing samples and videos of classroom teaching.


Please direct any inquiries to:

Michael Callahan
Chairperson, Music Theory Search Committee
College of Music, Michigan State University
333 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI  48824
mrc@msu.edu


Deadline: Review of applications will begin on November 16, 2018. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

MSU and the College of Music are committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.


 

Director - Children and Youth Choir Program

Michigan State University Community Music School

Job Area: Choral

This is a full-time fixed term position that includes non-degree academic year teaching and leading a two-week summer camp. The individual holding this position is responsible for oversight of the choral ensembles for students age 7-18 of the MSU Community Music School. In consultation with the Director of the Community Music School, the position sets the overall vision for the program, including artistic and administrative initiatives. In addition to conducting a number of choirs, the Director oversees conductors of additional ensembles and engages in recruitment, promotion and outreach. See website for full position responsibilities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors - Music Education;
  • 3-5 years music teaching experience working with children and/or youth


Desired Degree:

  • Masters - Music Education or Choral Conducting


Desired Qualifications:

  • 1-3 years administrative, recruitment and fundraising experience


Start Date: August 16, 2019


Application deadline: Until filled

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2018 and continue until filled. Please submit:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • List of references with contact information
  • Three letters of recommendation (you do not need to upload the letters yourself; see website for details)
  • Recent audio or video recording of rehearsals and performances; include some recent live material (you may provide URLs or upload audio/video files.

Apply via http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/job/499670/assistant-instructorfixed-term.

The Michigan State University Community Music School (CMS) is the outreach arm of the MSU College of Music and has two locations to serve our communities: CMS-East Lansing and CMS-Detroit. Our mission is to provide a creative and welcoming environment where music experiences, education, and therapy services inspire individuals at all ability levels and stages of life to achieve their personal best. Founded on the belief that music dramatically enhances the quality of life, CMS offers opportunities for the study, appreciation and therapeutic use of music while nurturing the musical development of all. Financial aid is available to those with need.

MSU and the College of Music are committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

 


 

With 70 full-time faculty members, the Michigan State University College of Music serves approximately 580 majors and offers a comprehensive range of degree programs from baccalaureate through the doctorate. For more information about our degree programs, visit music.msu.edu/admissions.

MSU and the College of Music are committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation. MSU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.