The Music for Healing & Transition Program, Inc. (MHTP) is taking applications for a Teacher position for Module 1.  The application deadline is Friday, June 29.

MODULE 1 TEACHER JOB ANNOUNCEMENT

MHTP Teachers are employed as independent contractors on an annual contract, with eligibility for annual renewal. Reimbursement for Module 1 Teachers is $800.00 per module. Teachers instruct an average of three to five modules per year. The majority of the work is that of teaching in a non-traditional, adult classroom setting, via live videoconference from the teacher’s home. The teacher must have a reliable, stable internet connection and computer equipment with a video camera and microphone to allow the teacher to use the Zoom videoconference platform. See information about Zoom requirements.

Travel required for any onsite module is reimbursed by MHTP.

Module 1 Teachers need the following experience and qualifications as prerequisites for applying:

  • Must have substantial experience in the field as a CMP and at the time of initial contract with MHTP must be a working CMP.
  • Must be able to improvise fluently with an understanding of musical modes and scales. 
  • Must be able to work with singers and students who play different instruments in the context of the module curriculum.
  • Must have experience in the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities factors (listed below).

If an applicant is selected as a new MHTP teacher, there is a required training process. Since this is a videoconference module, there is no travel required to observe current teachers as part of the training. This training includes the following activities:

  • Read all books for the assigned module and write a short book report on each.
  • Observe the assigned videoconference module being taught by a current MHTP Teacher (once or twice, depending on MHTP staff assessment).
  • Teach the assigned module, without pay or reimbursement for expenses, while being observed by an experienced Teacher.
  • Receive a favorable recommendation from the observing Teacher, Area Coordinator, and Program Director.
  • Agree to, and sign, the MHTP Teacher Contract and performance standards (reviewed for renewal each year, based on fully successful performance evaluations).

REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICATION

Interested applicants must submit the following materials electronically to the MHTP Program Director (see “Application Process” below):

  1. Your current resume. Include details of therapeutic music positions (paid and unpaid) and all relevant teaching positions you have held.
  2. Your written responses explaining how you have gained the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) listed below. Address each of the KSAs individually. 
  3. Your written response to the following question: “Please reflect on and tell us why you would like to become a teacher for MHTP.”

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application deadline is Friday, June 29. Please send all materials listed above via email to the MHTP Program Director, Carol Spears, programdirector@mhtp.org.

Any supplemental application materials, such as evaluations from prior teaching or CMP experiences, if not available in electronic format, may be postal mailed to Carol at: 1305 Ballesteros Drive, The Villages, Florida  32162.

Applicants will be rated based on their qualifications for this position as shown by the education, experience, and training related on their resume and responses to the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). Paid and unpaid experience will be considered. Please be specific and detailed in responses to the KSAs.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) Required for Incumbent

  1. Fully knowledgeable about MHTP mission, vision, policies, procedures, history, its therapeutic music principles, and educational program. Ability to fully support MHTP policies and teachings and positively represent MHTP in the classroom.
  2. Ability to completely understand and implement Module 1 curriculum, including any audiovisual teaching tools, live videoconference teaching, and required readings.
  3. Extensive first-hand knowledge of playing as a CMP at the bedside of patients in medical facilities and the ability to share those experiences as appropriate in the classroom setting.
  4. Extensive knowledge and ability to explain and demonstrate, and practice as a CMP, of MHTP’s core teaching principles: Unitative Listening, MHTP’s unique patient conditions/types of music, and musical improvisation methods.
  5. Knowledge in ergonomics, basic anatomy and physiology. Ability to work with various instruments and instrumentalists, with a basic understanding of proper technique and posture for each.
  6. Demonstrated abilities and experience in teaching the adult learner; knowledge of key adult learning and teaching concepts.
  7. Ability to complete, in a timely manner, all administrative tasks as described in this Job Description, as assigned by Supervisor, and as in Teacher’s Guide and Teacher Contract.
  8. Ability to work collaboratively with the Program Director, Area Coordinators, and other MHTP staff in a professional, courteous manner, with flexibility as needed. 

Faculty Job Description Module 1

The Music for Healing and Transition Program, Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization which trains and certifies musicians to provide live therapeutic music, for the purpose of creating healing environments for the ill and/or dying, and all who may benefit.  MHTP philosophy recognizes music as a therapeutic enhancement to the healing process and the life/death transition.  Graduates of MHTP are Certified Music Practitioners (CMP)®.  MHTP collaborates with healthcare facilities and community organizations to educate about, and promote research in, the effectiveness of therapeutic music.

The position of Module 1 Teacher is an annual, part-time contract position, with the potential to be renewed annually. The majority of the work is that of teaching in a non-traditional, adult classroom setting, via live videoconference. The teacher must have a reliable, stable internet connection and computer equipment with a video camera and microphone to allow the teacher to use the Zoom videoconference platform. Information about Zoom requirements can be found at: See information about Zoom requirements.

Travel required for any onsite module is reimbursed by MHTP.

MAJOR DUTIES

A.  Implementing MHTP Policies

  • Acts as an advocate and ambassador for MHTP. Fully supports verbally and written word the policies, decisions and actions of the MHTP Board of Directors and staff.
  • Keeps up-to-date on MHTP policies as communicated by the Supervisor, the current MHTP Handbook, MHTP website information, and current Teacher’s Guide.
  • Answers students’ MHTP policy questions; refers student questions to the appropriate MHTP representative.
  • Follows all requirements in the MHTP Teacher Contract.

B.  Classroom Instruction

  • Responsible for pre-class preparations, e.g., contacting Area Coordinator (AC) for coordination, any travel and audio-visual needs arrangements for onsite classes, providing all handouts to students via Dropbox or other means.
  • Prepares thoroughly for teaching assignments through review of MHTP curriculum, preparation and organization of teacher materials, videoconference classroom and audiovisual materials, student readings, other teacher aids, musical demonstrations, preparation to handle students’ questions on all curriculum material and books, and creating personal instructional notes based on feedback from teaching previous modules.
  • Follows, and uses only, the official MHTP curriculum as indicated in the current MHTP Teacher’s Guide for the assigned module. Uses only the official PowerPoint and handouts that are in the current Teacher’s Guide. May suggest additions to PowerPoint for all teachers of the specific module to use if approved. Requests and acquires pre-approval to use any major teaching modalities/tools that are not in the current Teacher’s Guide.
  • Covers the entire lesson plan and materials in the current Teacher’s Guide for each class.
  • Employs adult-learning principles and techniques in teaching, leading class activities, and providing feedback to students. Keeps class flow constant, handles any difficult situations with students’ behavior and attitudes.  Any conflicts that cannot be resolved are discussed and acted on in consultation with the MHTP Program Director and other appropriate MHTP staff.
  • Writes student assessments and provides copies to student and student’s Advisor as required in the current Teacher’s Guide.
  • Reviews module evaluations after each class and provides feedback to Program Director on ideas for improving teacher’s practices after each class.
  • Responsible for remaining up-to-date on all books for the assigned module and all other changes in curriculum.

C.   Assistance in Curriculum Development

  • Keeps track of any changes, corrections, and suggestions for improving the curriculum, based on personal observations and assessment, as well as comments from module evaluations of each class; conveys these to Program Director during the annual Teacher’s Guide revisions.
  • Attends any required teacher meetings for curriculum development and improvement via videoconference call.

D.   Administrative

  • Completes, sends, and files, as appropriate, all student assessments, invoices, curriculum review requests, travel arrangements, applicable tax forms, and other administrative requirements within time frames specified in the MHTP Teacher Contract and/or Teacher’s Guide, and/or set by the Supervisor.
  • Works cooperatively on administrative tasks with Area Coordinators, other teachers, Program Director, Executive Director, and MHTP Board of Directors as appropriate.
  • Attends the MHTP Biennial conference at least once in a four-year period, including the Teacher’s Retreat/Enrichment Day when offered.
  • Attends virtual teacher teleconferences as scheduled.

FACTORS

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) Required for Incumbent

  1. Fully knowledgeable about MHTP mission, vision, policies, procedures, history, its therapeutic music principles, and educational program. Ability to fully support MHTP policies and teachings and positively represent MHTP in the classroom.
  2. Ability to completely understand and implement Module 1 curriculum, including any audiovisual teaching tools, live videoconference teaching, and required readings.
  3. Extensive first-hand knowledge of playing as a CMP at the bedside of patients in medical facilities and the ability to share those experiences as appropriate in the classroom setting.
  4. Extensive knowledge and ability to explain and demonstrate, and practice as a CMP, of MHTP’s core teaching principles: Unitative Listening, MHTP’s unique patient conditions/types of music, and musical improvisation methods.
  5. Knowledge in ergonomics, basic anatomy and physiology. Ability to work with various instruments and instrumentalists, with a basic understanding of proper technique and posture for each.
  6. Demonstrated abilities and experience in teaching the adult learner; knowledge of key adult learning and teaching concepts.
  7.  Ability to complete, in a timely manner, all administrative tasks as described in this Job Description, as assigned by Supervisor, and as in Teacher’s Guide and Teacher Contract.
  8. Ability to work collaboratively with the Program Director, Area Coordinators, and other MHTP staff in a professional, courteous manner, with flexibility as needed.

Supervision

  • The MHTP Module 1 teacher is supervised by the MHTP Program Director.
  • Second-line supervision is provided by the MHTP Executive Director.

Guidelines

  • Written guidelines include the MHTP Standard Operating Procedures, MHTP Board policies and directives, MHTP Handbook, and the MHTP Teacher’s Guide, which is the only official MHTP approved curriculum.
  • Additional guidelines and directives may be distributed via emails, phone conversations, and direct communication from the Supervisor.
  • Teacher behavioral and instruction techniques generally accepted by the profession of teaching adult learners also serve as guidelines.

PDF of the Faculty Job Description Module 1

The application deadline is Friday, June 29. Please send all materials listed above via email to the MHTP Program Director, Carol Spears, programdirector@mhtp.org.

Any supplemental application materials, such as evaluations from prior teaching or CMP experiences, if not available in electronic format, may be postal mailed to Carol at: 1305 Ballesteros Drive, The Villages, Florida  32162.

Applicants will be rated based on their qualifications for this position as shown by the education, experience, and training related on their resume and responses to the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). Paid and unpaid experience will be considered. Please be specific and detailed in responses to the KSAs.

MHTP is an equal opportunity employer. MHTP prohibits discrimination in all of its programs and activities on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation.