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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 611500
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Music
Department: Community Music School 10030163
Salary: Pay Commensurate with Experience
Location: Detroit
Categories: On-Call, Faculty Academic Staff On-Call, Education/Training, Non-Union

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.


  • 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.


  • 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.).


  • 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.

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.

Special Instructions

Applications will be reviewed as needed.

Work Hours

Work hours 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.

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