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Instructor in Music Therapy, Part-Time / Temporary

Westfield State University

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Instructor in Music Therapy, Part-Time / Temporary

About Westfield State University:

In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.

Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.

Job Description:

Campus Title: Instructor in Music Therapy, Part-Time/Temporary
State Job Title: Instructor
Department: Music
FLSA Status: Exempt
Funding: Contracted
Job Type: Part-Time Temporary
Timeframe: One Semester/Fall 2022
Shift: TBD

Unit Member per credit $ 1,953.83 / Per 3 credit class $5,861.49

Non-Unit Member per credit $1,297.64 / Per 3 credit class $3,892.92

General Statement of Duties: The Department of Music at Westfield State University invites applications for a part-time instructor within the Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy program for the Fall 2022 semester. The successful candidate for this position will teach MUSC 0107 Introduction to Music Therapy and MUSC 0291 Neurologic Systems in Music Therapy. The incumbent will be strongly considered for adjunct instructor appointments in future semesters, based upon departmental need and candidate specializations. Instructor need is estimated at one to three courses per semester, in addition to clinical supervision.

We especially invite applicants who demonstrate critical pedagogy in philosophy and approach; are grounded in a music-centered approach to music therapy; take an integral perspective on music therapy orientations; and utilize experiential learning.

Candidates who are able to have an on-campus presence are preferred; however, in exceptional cases, hybrid or remote instruction may be considered.

Course schedule:
  • Introduction to Music Therapy: Mondays and Wednesdays 3:10-4:25
  • Neurologic Systems in Music Therapy: Time and date TBD based upon availability of successful candidate, defaulting to Mondays and Wednesdays 10:25 AM-11:15 AM


Required qualifications:
  • Appropriate professional credential or designation in music therapy (MT-BC)
  • At least three years of full-time clinical experience in music therapy (or its equivalent in part-time work)

Preferred qualifications:
  • Clinical experience and/or specialized training in music therapy in neurorehabilitation and/or with older adults
  • Master's degree in music therapy or a related field
  • Prior college teaching and/or supervision experience in music therapy

Additional Information:

Disability Accommodations:
Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.

Background Check:
Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.

Covid-19 Requirements:

As a condition of employment, you will be required to complete an initial series of COVID vaccination (2 doses of Pfizer/Moderna or 1 dose of J&J) prior to coming to campus. Initial booster doses are strongly encouraged for everyone who is eligible. New employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination to Human Resources prior to onboarding. Employees who require a medical or religious exemption should email Tina Bones, Benefits Manager in Human Resources, at [email protected].

Application Instructions:

An online application is required. A complete application includes:
  • Cover Letter*
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copy of transcripts of highest degree
  • Statement of teaching philosophy with areas for continuing scholarship
  • Contact information for three reference letter providers**


* In your cover letter please include the ways in which you would advance diversity and inclusion in your classroom and at the university.

** Contact information for three reference letter providers should be completed on the reference form. Applicants that are using Interfolio for an existing confidential letter of recommendation should provide the Interfolio based email address (e.g. [email protected]).

Application deadline: The review of applications will begin on April 29, 2022. The job will remain open until finalists have been selected.

NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us.
Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.

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Westfield is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, creed or economic status.



Founded in 1838 by educational reformer and political leader Horace Mann, Westfield State was the first co-educational college in America dedicated to free, public education for teaching professionals without regard to race, creed or gender.


The College today calls upon this rich tradition of practical innovation as it develops and refines relevant and rewarding fields of study, opportunities for service, and global experiences. Westfield's residential nature and beautiful setting at the base of the Berkshire Mountains offers every student a rich, classic college experience.

Athletics, superb outdoor recreation, 100+ student clubs and organizations, international studies, leadership opportunities, national and international guest speakers, and close connections with the city of Westfield lend a collegial air to the future-focused Westfield learning community.


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