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Clinical Assistant Professor, Music Therapy - School of Music, Dance and Theatre

School of Music, Dance and Theatre


The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a clinical assistant professor of music therapy for a full-time, benefits eligible position, beginning in fall 2024. The position is an academic year (nine month), non-tenure track position. This position will be located on the Tempe campus.

The Music Therapy Program and the ASU Music Therapy Clinic offers dynamic undergraduate and master’s degrees built on the principles of music therapy theory and practice, research, flexible musicianship, traditional and progressive clinical application, and community leadership through inclusive arts engagement and innovative programming. Upon completion of the bachelor's degree, music therapists are eligible to sit for the national board certification exam to obtain the credential MT-BC (Music Therapist - Board Certified) which is necessary for professional practice. The master’s degree offers in-depth study in a concentration area within either a two-year advanced master’s program for students already certified, or a three-year equivalency master’s program for students who have not completed music therapy coursework and training.


The successful candidate is expected to coordinate and supervise music therapy practicum and advanced clinical training placements, and serve as the liaison with practicum site supervisors. The candidate will serve the school by making community connections and developing community partners for new practicum and internship experiences. The candidate will teach the undergraduate and graduate practicum seminar for all students enrolled in fieldwork, and additional courses in the undergraduate and graduate program based on their area of expertise and needs of the department.  The candidate will coordinate and document completion of any necessary practicum paperwork (e.g. contracts, affiliation agreements, fingerprint clearance). We are especially interested in applicants who are dedicated to advancing the ASU Charter and realizing ASU’s Design Aspirations.

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. In 2022, ASU was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution and in 2023, ASU joined the prestigious Association of American Universities. ASU is deeply committed to advancing in innovative ways while sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment for all members of our community.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, is located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; ASU FIDM; The Design School; and The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, and increasing the capacity of artists and designers to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the School of Music, Dance and Theatre

The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their art. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school. For more information on the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, visit musicdancetheatre.asu.edu

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in music therapy
  • MT-BC credential
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and in supervising and mentoring students in practicum or internships
  • Meet requirements for undergraduate and graduate faculty and pre-internship supervision as stipulated by the AMTA Standards for Qualifications and Staffing: http://www.musictherapy.org/members/edctstan

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at the undergraduate and graduate level
  • Diverse background in clinical practice as a music therapist, and/or advanced training in a music therapy practice (e.g., Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, Developmental Music Therapy, Guided Imagery and Music, Music Psychotherapy, Neurologic Music Therapy, Medical Music Therapy, etc.)
  • Demonstrated interest in innovative course development and/or creative approaches to teaching.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing community partnerships projects

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is March 1, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following materials:

  1. A letter of interest describing how the candidate meets the required qualifications and position description, including the principles of inclusive excellence consistent with the ASU Charter and the Mission of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre.
  2. Curriculum vitae or resume;
  3. A philosophy statement that addresses your mentoring strategy when working with college students;
  4. Clinical musicianship skills video. Candidates may include recordings of recent creative work examples by submitting a document with live hyperlinks to recordings. For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.
  5. Contact information for three professional references (including the nature of their relationship to applicant).

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/130898

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Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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