Assistant Professor of Music / Music Education

Minnesota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jan 11, 2021
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

CLOSING DATE: Tuesday, February 9, 2021

APPOINTMENT DATE: August 17, 2021

JOB TYPE: Tenure Track / Probationary


The Bemidji State University (BSU) Department of Music invites applicants for the probationary (tenure-track) position of Assistant Professor of Music / Music Education. BSU’s vision is to educate people to lead inspired lives. To accomplish BSU’s vision, the University prioritizes creating a culture in which diversity is embraced and all people are safe, welcome, and validated. BSU also prioritizes increasing engagement with Indigenous communities to become a destination university.

BSU is located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota and occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. BSU balances rigorous academia with the opportunity to enjoy a fun, robust, outdoor culture. The proximity to the lake and the surrounding north woods allows easy access to an assortment of recreation. Major campus facilities are connected by all-season underground passages for safe and warm travel during the cold, winter months. 

Enrolling around 5,000 students, BSU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values include civic engagement and leadership, international and multicultural understanding, belief in the power of the liberal arts, and environmental stewardship.

Celebrating over 80 years on the shores of Lake Bemidji, the Department of Music at BSU prepares students to become independent and creative musicians within a liberal arts setting. Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Department of Music offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Music Education (vocal and instrumental), and Bachelor of Arts degrees in General Music, Vocal Performance, Instrumental Performance, and Piano Performance and Pedagogy. 

Ensembles are open to students of all majors and provide engaging performance opportunities including regional and international tours, the annual JazzFest, guest clinician workshops and master classes, woodwind and piano festivals, and a fully staged opera production.

BSU is one of only four schools in Minnesota, and a limited number worldwide to bear the distinction of being an All-Steinway School. BSU currently owns more than 50 Steinway and Boston (a Steinway subsidiary) pianos.


Responsibilities of the Assistant Professor of Music / Music Education include:

  • Teaching the undergraduate music education sequence, supervising student teachers and students completing practicum and clinical teaching placements in K-12 settings.
  • Conducting one choral ensemble and assisting in recruiting and festivals.
  • Working with licensure and accreditation in conjunction with the Professional Education Department.
  • Coordinating with the Director of Music Graduate Programs to create and implement a graduate program in music education.
  • Serving as the departmental assessment coordinator and advisor of the student NAfME Chapter.
  • Contributing to a program of scholarship within the discipline, advising students, serving the University and community, and other associated faculty duties.
  • Contributing to a collegial and supportive environment that advances the goals of the department, including curriculum development, assessment, and other departmental governance activities.
  • Contributing to interdisciplinary teaching and involvement in activities that support BSU’s Shared Fundamental Values.


Minimum qualifications for this position include:

  • Doctorate in Music (ABD considered), including at least one degree in Music Education.
  • Three years of prior K-12 teaching experience.
  • Collegiate teaching experience.


Preferred qualifications include:

  • Completed doctorate (PhD or equivalent) in Music Education.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching and choral conducting for three years (or more) at the K-12 and collegiate levels. This may be evidenced by publications in journals; presentations; performances; awards and/or recognition from local, regional, national organizations; elected leadership positions; and growth/retention of student involvement in choirs, vetted/invited performances, or other pertinent achievements.
  • Knowledge of current trends in public education.
  • Contributions to the field of music education through scholarly publications or presentations.
  • Extensive graduate coursework in music education.
  • Experience supervising student teachers.
  • Experience with online teaching.
  • Successful recruiting experience.
  • A commitment to and experience working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, including first-generation college students
  • Interest in interdisciplinary contributions.
  • The ability to teach Liberal Education courses and core music courses as needed by the Department.


Apply online:

A complete application will include the following attachments:

  • Cover letter, which addresses the required qualifications and your specific interest in working at Bemidji State University.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy.
  • Links to recent publications/presentations.
  • A document with links (e.g. YouTube/Vimeo) to recordings of rehearsals and performances (up to 15 minutes each, front view preferred).
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.
  • Unofficial transcripts for graduate coursework.
  • Additional materials that demonstrate successful teaching (such as course evaluations, faculty peer reviews, completion of course objectives, audio recordings) are also welcome.



Dwight Jilek, Assistant Professor



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Bemidji State University is nestled among the pines along the shores of Lake Bemidji, just blocks from a thriving downtown community. In this Northwoods setting, students, staff, and faculty have a variety of activities at their fingertips. Possessing all the charm and character of a college town, Bemidji remains a tight-knit community of good neighbors and engaged citizens who always come out to cheer for the Bemidji State Beavers. While the city of Bemidji — named after the Ojibwe Chief Shaynowishkung (nicknamed Bemidji) — is home to a diverse population of more than 15,000 people, it serves a regional population of more than 100,000.

Located between three American Indian reservations – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth, students at Bemidji State University have the opportunity to experience a dynamic local culture and history. Bemidji also sits at the center of the legends of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox. The famous statues of Paul and Babe greet students as they drive in from the south along Lake Bemidji.

Though quaint and historic, the city offers the urban conveniences upon which college students rely. Bemidji State is conveniently located minutes away from affordable restaurants, cozy coffee shops, grocery stores, city parks and more. Small, locally owned shops and art sculptures line the streets of downtown Bemidji, while national chains can be found in and around the Bemidji area, including an uptown selection of department stores and restaurants.

The thriving downtown community presents ample opportunities for engagement off-campus. Among other things, there are fine-dining restaurants, cafes, and a natural foods co-op in downtown Bemidji. The historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse has a calendar of classic shows; restaurants and lounges offer weekly live music performances; the First Friday Art Walk provides a tour of new monthly art exhibits; and annual events such as the Loop the Lake Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Blue Ox Marathon, Bemidji Winterfest, and The Minnesota Finlandia bring the community together.

For those who love the outdoors, there are wooded, multi-use trail systems within minutes of campus and community parks with walking trails, playgrounds and a skate park. Lake Bemidji State Park and its miles of navigable trails is located directly across the lake from BSU, and the Buena Vista Ski Area — just 12 miles north of campus — offers downhill skiing and BSU-sponsored student transportation in the winter months. Further, the Mississippi River Headwaters is a mere 45 minutes from Bemidji.

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