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Assistant Professor of Music Therapy / Umkc Conservatory / Music Division

University of Missouri - Kansas City
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Music Division

On the University of Missouri's designated performing arts campus, the UMKC Conservatory is an educational community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship and learning in the arts. We are a vital partner in Kansas City's rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances. As a community, we collaborate to balance tradition and innovation with diversity and unity, as we seek to serve art and humanity.

The UMKC Conservatory seeks people who will help build the future of education and research in the performing arts. We seek faculty who demonstrate a growth mindset, with an understanding that learning is an ongoing process - faculty who believe that art has the power to help us understand ourselves, each other, and our culture while empowering us to move that culture forward. We seek qualified candidates who will engage in work that appeals to, and positively impacts, the global population; who will work strategically in ways that adapt to the opportunities in their regions; and who will work within frameworks that embrace transdisciplinary possibilities.

ExcellenceAccess and Innovation are guiding principles at the UMKC Conservatory. For information:  

Job Description

Assistant Professor of Music Therapy

The Assistant Professor of Music Therapy will teach undergraduate and graduate music therapy courses within the Music Education and Music Therapy Area, including coursework in areas of interest and specialty as needed; recruit and retain high caliber students at both the undergraduate and graduate level; sustain a national professional profile (including activity in research and publication) that reflects the career of a consistently productive scholar; contribute to all facets of the Music Education and Music Therapy Area and the Conservatory, including academic, performance, and service components characteristic of a Conservatory within a university; make contributions that enrich the cultural environment and the quality of life in the greater Kansas City metropolitan community.


Applicants must meet the requirements for Academic Faculty as stipulated in the American Music Therapy Association "Standards for Education and Clinical Training for Graduate Faculty," and Music Therapy Board Certification is required. 

The successful candidate will show evidence of these qualifications:

*          Demonstrated successful and innovative experience in teaching music therapy in a university setting;

*          Documented successful clinical experience beyond internship (3-5 years minimum preferred);

*          Successful clinical supervision experience;

*          Evidence of emerging or established productivity as a scholar at the national level;

*          Demonstrated ability or clear potential to attract quality undergraduate and graduate music therapy students;

*          Evidence of positive contributions within a collaborative setting;

*          Strong commitment to teaching and mentorship

  •          Earned doctoral degree preferred (ABD considered if degree completed by August, 2025).

Anticipated Hiring Range

This is a 9-month full-time, benefit-eligible tenure-track faculty position. The position is to begin August 2025.

Salary is determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to, the individual's particular combination of education, skills, and experience, as well as organizational requirements.

Our academic schedules and workload provide for a positive work/life balance. Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Missouri provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. 

Application Materials

For consideration, you must apply online at, click Academic Positions (Job Opening ID 51945).

As best as possible, please combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachment[s].  Limit document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). Please provide the following:

*          Cover letter which includes teaching philosophy and applicable experience

*          Current curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments and artistic credential

  •          Links to recent teaching or presentation videos

For questions about the position, please contact including the Job Identification number 51945 and name of the position.

*          If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email 

  •          Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323. 

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins September 1, 2024 and continues until a qualified candidate is hired.

Community Information

UMKC is the largest public, comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area with award-winning academic programs and faculty. With more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, our university is committed to being a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with multifarious communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, more economically secure quality of life.

A City on the Rise:  Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds - a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal and an affordable cost of living. Our UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of cultural arts, business activity, (some great barbeque and ethnic cuisine!), trendy neighborhoods, and health science research engagement for both campuses. As one of the largest cities in Missouri, we are home to the internationally acclaimed Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a rich history of cultural arts and music, national championship sports teams, NASCAR racing, and a community that is very engaged with and supportive of our university initiatives. Our beautiful state has rolling hills, rivers, lakes, and long bike/hiking trails all within a short drive for those that enjoy time in the great outdoors. Kansas City offers something for everyone!

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

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