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Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Education

School of Music

Job Description:

The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a colleague to help us broaden the ways people conceptualize music learning and teaching and expand where and how music education occurs throughout contemporary society. This is a full-time tenure-track appointment at the assistant/associate professor level, depending on experience, beginning fall 2019.

We are looking for someone who will collaborate with us, work in solidarity with our community and think deeply and expansively. We are looking for someone who imagines possibilities and embraces playful thinking. The successful candidate will help us grow the diversity of students entering our programs, help us expand the multiple pathways that students move through and beyond our programs, support the best of what occurs throughout music education and build alternatives to the status quo. Our new colleague will continue their own research and creative work, teach and contribute to our learning community, serve with others to forward aspirational goals and collaborate with us and others to build and foster vibrant musical ecologies. Together, we will support our current students, partners, alumni and others to have a tangible positive impact in their communities.

About ASU:

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts:

ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With more than 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For mor information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the School of Music:

Located in one of the most expansive metropolitan centers in the United States and situated in the Sonoran desert, the ASU School of Music supports a broad range of inquiry. Programs within the School of Music lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music with an optional concentration in Music and Culture; Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music with concentrations in music performance, jazz studies, music theatre, music education, music theory and composition, music therapy as well as two minors in music studies and music performance; Master of Arts (MA) in Music with concentrations in ethnomusicology or music history and literature; and Master of Music (MM) in composition, conducting, music education, music performance, performance pedagogy and music therapy. In addition, the school offers a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in composition, conducting and performance and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a concentration in music education or musicology, as well as a graduate certificate in theory pedagogy. With one of the largest comprehensive music programs in a public research university in the United States, the ASU School of Music plays a prominent role within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and is located on the ASU Tempe campus. For more information on the School of Music, please visit music.asu.edu/.

The music education area is part of the Division of Music Education and Music Therapy. The music education area offers a dynamic future-oriented undergraduate degree built on the principles of flexible musicianship, innovative practices, inquisitive thinking about music and education and community leadership. The master’s degree addresses the diverse interests, circumstances, skills, and understanding of people interested in music learning and teaching in any context. The PhD in Music Education supports a community of highly motivated national and international students to deepen their inquiry, propel their work, and engage as leaders in diverse contexts for of music learning and teaching. Undergraduate and graduate students have varied opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research, creative projects and socially embedded community initiatives.

Required qualifications: 

Required qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in music education or related field (ABD considered);
  • Four or more years of successful music teaching in public and/or private schools or other educational contexts;
  • Scholarly/research achievement as demonstrated through publications and presentations;
  • Exemplary pedagogical skills and knowledge;
  • A record of professional activities in music education;
  • Commitment to equity and diversity in thinking and representation.
Desired qualifications: 

Desired qualifications:

Candidates should provide evidence of demonstrated ability in one or more of these areas:

  • Ability to conduct socially engaged research in an interdisciplinary community of scholars and artists, including music therapists, performers, composers, digital artists and scholars in the sciences and humanities;
  • Embodiment of and ability to support students’ flexible musicianship, inquisitive thinking, innovative practice, and community leadership;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide pedagogical and musical leadership in one or more of the following: community-based music, improvisation, jazz, new and emerging ensembles, popular/contemporary music, strings, urban arts, or world music;
  • Experience with music technology, digital media and/or interactive media;
  • Ability to develop, launch, and manage grants or large-scale initiatives;
  • Experience working or collaborating with non-profit organizations, government agencies, NGOs, or the corporate sector.
Instruction to apply: 

Instruction to apply:

Please submit a letter of interest, including a narrative addressing the applicant’s qualifications and ability to fulfill the required and desired qualifications and expectations of the position, in particular: work experience, creative activity and/or research, commitment to equity and diversity and to innovative teaching as you imagine it in 2025. Include a curriculum vitae; letters from three references; an example of research or creative work; two course syllabi developed by the candidate; and a video of at least 15 minutes of class or ensemble instruction, workshop or other professional presentation.

Video and/or audio samples must be submitted via live hyperlinks to media sharing websites (ex. YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc.). To submit multiple samples, please provide one document with all hyperlinks and any supporting details or description. For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/55037

Application deadline: 

Application deadline: The application deadline is December 1, 2018; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until search is closed.



ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at https://asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html. See ASU’s Title IX policy at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.