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Long-Term Substitute Music Therapist Job – Education Center

The Watson Institute is hiring a long-term substitute music therapist to work with students with special needs at the Education Center Sewickley. This position will work Monday through Friday.

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Employment Type: Temporary

Music Therapist Job Description: 

  • Plan and conduct assessments – record and interpret assessment data
  • Develop lesson plans specific to skills practiced in music class
  • Adapt music lessons to students’ abilities and needs
  • Complete student progress reports, specific to music class
  • Order music supplies
  • Plan, implement, and adapt instructional activities
  • Organize and maintain a safe and effective learning environment
  • Utilize appropriate behavior management strategies and techniques
  • Communicate routinely with parents and appropriate school district personnel
  • Work effectively within a transdisciplinary educational team
  • Participate in Education Center activities
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Required Job Skills: 

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to organize and present written and verbal information about students
  • Ability to organize the learning environment of students
  • Ability to work as a transdisciplinary team member
  • Ability to manage students’ behavior
  • Ability to plan and implement student instruction
  • Ability to supervise paraprofessional staff
  • Most tasks require oral communication, visual and hearing perception, and the ability to get around the classrooms, cafeteria, gym, campus, etc.


Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred
  • Music therapist certification or music teacher certification required
  • Two years teaching experience in special education preferred
  • The essential functions of the job described require the ability to exert moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, crouching, and brisk walking, and which may involve lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and material of moderate weight (40 pounds)
  •  Supervisor students during emergency drills, play periods and community-based instruction; the ability to keep up with running children and/or to lift, position or assist with lifting students is essential to perform this task
  • Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others