Michigan State University

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 732186
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Music
Department: Community Music School 10030163
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Pay Commensurate with Experience
Location: Detroit
Categories: Education/Training, Non-Union, On-Call, Faculty Academic Staff On-Call
Working/Functional Title

Private Instructor/Ensemble Instructor

Position Summary


  • Assess student levels in various areas, such as: Music Reading, Technique, Rhythmic Accuracy, Hand/Finger position, Tone Production, Musical Interpretation, Articulation, Sight Reading, Rudiments, etc.
  • Determine areas of strength/weakness, and choose literature to support the strengths and improve the weaknesses. Inform the student/parents where to find the music (music store, online, etc.).
  • Determine desires, goals and needs of student or ensemble. Determine your goals for student. Discuss a plan and time frame with the student or ensemble. Periodically re-examine goals.
  • Keep a record of assignments (for your own reference) and a general record of student's performance in lessons.
  • Clearly articulate each assignment.
  • Listen attentively to the student, comment kindly and tactfully, and give clear instructions and demonstrations for improvement.
  • Administrative:

  • Check mailbox frequently.
  • Maintain accurate student attendance records and time sheets and notify the CMS office if there is a discrepancy.
  • Complete student evaluations (provided by CMS office) as requested.
  • Keep the office updated of personal information (address, email, etc.) changes.
  • Turn in time sheets on time.
  • Recruitment/Outreach:

  • Participate in outreach events hosted by CMS (Open House, etc.).
  • When possible, participate (yourself or students) in community events.
  • Consider creating your own outreach opportunities (master classes, school visits, etc.).
  • Performance:

  • Encourage students to perform on All School Recitals and other performances.
  • Participate when possible in Faculty Recitals and concerts.
  • Other Duties:

  • Attend CMS Faculty meetings.
  • Assist your area chair if needed.
  • Collaborative Participation:

  • Work with other faculty when possible to promote collegiality and professional development (recitals, workshops, projects, etc.).
  • Other educational experiences:

  • Active participation in Master classes (performer, auditor, teacher).
  • Attendance at workshops, lectures or recitals.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

    Desired Degree

    Bachelors -Music, Music Performance

    Minimum Requirements

    Experience teaching private lessons on applied instrument and/or experience leading ensembles.

    Desired Qualifications
    • Participation in a recognized organization (MENC, NFA, MSBOA, etc.).
    • Suzuki certification(s), if applicable.
    Required Application Materials

    Cover letter and resume.

    Together-we-will StatementThe university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://msu.edu/together-we-will/Special Instructions

    Applications will be reviewed as needed.

    Work Hours

    The work hour to be determined; some local travel may be required.



    Department Statement

    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 experience(s), 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 Statement

    Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

    Advertised: Oct 1, 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
    Applications close: Sep 29, 2023 Eastern Daylight Time


    Working at Michigan State University 

    Spartans work every day to advance the common good in uncommon ways.

    Together, we tackle some of the world’s toughest problems to find solutions that make life better—from alternative energy to better food safety to breakthrough medical and environmental applications achieved through rare isotope research.

    We teach. We explore and we discover. We collaborate and lead. We innovate, inspire, and empower. We achieve our potential and create circumstances that help our students and others achieve theirs.

    We're good at it, and we've been at it for more than 150 years.

    The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, MSU began as a bold experiment that democratized higher education and helped bring science and innovation into everyday life. The revolutionary concept became a model for the nation.

    Today, MSU is one of the top research universities in the world—on one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. Home to nationally ranked and recognized academic, residential college, and service-learning programs, we’re a diverse community of dedicated students and scholars, athletes and artists, scientists and leaders.

    In ways both practical and profound, we work to create a stronger, more sustainable, and more hopeful future for all.

    Top Distinctions

    U.S. News & World Report ranks MSU

    • 29th among the nation’s public universities
    • First in the nation for 19 years for graduate programs in elementary and secondary education
    • First in the nation for graduate programs in nuclear physics and industrial and organizational psychology
    • First in the nation for undergraduate program in supply chain

    Recognized for 11 consecutive years as one of the top 100 universities in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University in its annual Academic Ranking of World Universities

    Ranks 46th among public universities for in-state students in Kiplinger’s 2013 edition of Best Values in Public Colleges

    Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s STARS program, which measures and encourages sustainability in education and research; operations; and planning, administration, and engagement

    Member of the prestigious 62-member Association of American Universities

    Only university in the country with on-campus medical schools graduating allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians, and veterinarians (DVMs)

    Among the largest single-campus residence hall system in the country with 27 halls in five neighborhoods and two apartment villages.


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