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Music Therapist – Part Time

Music Therapist

Department: Lower School

Schedule: Part-time, 24 hours/week

Our Perkins Story

If you’re looking for a chance to change the world for children and young adults with multiple disabilities and visual impairments, Perkins School for the Blind has opportunities for you.

We’re looking for energetic and talented individuals committed to helping people reach their full potential. Our work begins with students on our campus in Watertown, Massachusetts, but spans the globe with partnerships that help the world’s most vulnerable children.

As an organization, we encourage our employees to:

  •  Think Courageously: Pave the way for change. Be creative, curious & resilient. Challenge yourself to try, fail and try again. Think big and embrace unconventional approaches.
  •  Take Ownership: Don’t wait, initiate. Invest fully in your work. Own your choices. Deliver results. Have a bias for action and a dedication to quality.
  • Be Collaborative: Create a diverse and inclusive community. Foster positive relationships. Communicate openly & respectfully. Build trust and operate with integrity. Be willing to disagree, commit and keep moving.

 Across all departments, these actions are fundamental in helping Perkins achieve its mission of building a world where people with complex disabilities and visual impairments can learn and thrive. If these sound like you, we encourage you to consider a career at Perkins. 

About this Role

Establish a therapeutic setting through the use of music for students with students who are deafblind with multiple disabilities. The program may include creating, singing, moving, and/or listening to music. Use music creatively to help students increase their interest in music as well as their social skills. Establish interaction – a shared musical experience – in pursuit of therapeutic goals.

Responsibilities include:

Plans and carries out a general program of musical therapy ranging from passive listening programs to participatory programs involving singing, moving, playing, or dancing, drama, and even creating music.

Consults with other teaching staff to assess how these needs can be addressed by music therapy; develops and implements a treatment plan tailored to improving physical,and social skills as appropriate for each student.

Instruct students individually or in a group in instrumental or vocal music using multimodal strategies.

Evaluates and documents responses of each student to various techniques and what are these indicate progress or regression.

Meets with classroom teams as needed

Establishes good rapport and maintains respectful relationships with learners; Maximizes instructional/clinical time. 

To perform other related duties and tasks as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree with a concentration in music; Master’s degree preferred with experience working with special needs children or equivalent combination of education and experience Valid driver’s license and willingness to drive school vehicles including chair cars. 

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Board Certified Music Therapy Certification; First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Crisis Prevention and Physical Intervention (CPPI) Certification required (training provided);

Benefits: We provide a complete benefits package which includes tuition reimbursement, medical and dental insurance, LTD and Life insurance, retirement programs and staff development and training.

Perkins seeks to enhance its community of intellectually, culturally, and socially diverse individuals to enrich the educational experience of our students.  Applicants from a multicultural background, are bilingual, and/or who have relevant life experience are encouraged to apply.