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Teaching Associate - Music

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Work type: Teaching Associate
Location: Fresno
Categories: Unit 11 - UAW - California Alliance of Academic Student Workers, Temporary, Part Time
Position Description

Teaching Associate for the Department of Music

College of Arts and Humanities

The Department of Music is seeking applicants for Teaching Associate. Teaching Associates typically are responsible for providing classroom and/or applied instruction for general education courses.

For Music 9:  Introduction to Music.  A general education 3-unit course for non-music majors.  The course includes teaching music theory and aesthetics for the general student.  Notation of pitch and rhythm will also be taught as well as reading, playing, and writing melodies with choral accompaniment. Three contact hours of classroom instruction plus preparation per week (3 WTU).  

For Music 31-39 (lower division applied instruction): Applied lessons, generally private or small group lessons, that include technical, stylistic, and aesthetic performance studies of standard literature: etudes, solo, chamber, and large ensemble music. A 1-unit course is equivalent to .25 WTU and consists of a half-hour of classroom contact hours.

For Music 117JC – Jazz Combo.  Applied instruction for Jazz Combo. Includes technical, stylistic, improvisational, and aesthetic performance studies associated with the jazz literature. A 1-unit course is equivalent to 1.33 WTU with ensemble meeting once per week.

For Music 74 - Listener's Guide to Music.  A three-unit course on a wide range of musical styles (past, present, classical, and popular) for music and non-music majors.  Guided practical experiences and the development of an aesthetic sensitivity for music of various cultures.  G.E. Breadth C1

Anticipated Semesters and Appointment Dates:

Fall 2022: August 17, 2022 - December 22, 2022 

Spring 2023: January 17, 2023 - May 20, 2023

Hours/Units per week: Students can work up to 20-hours per week;

  • 1-unit is equivalent to 2.66 hrs per week (40hrs x 1-unit/15-unit)
  • 1.3-wtus - 5.2-wtus (dependent on courses and number of section(s) assigned)
  • 3-6 units
  • no more than 6-units

Job Duties may include the following, but will be dependent upon the specific course to which the teaching associate will be assigned, as well as upon the specific needs of the faculty member in charge of the course:

  • Teach beginning course (as instructor of record)
  • Prepare course assignments and attend section meetings as directed by Course Coordinator
  • Maintain office hours
  • Will be responsible for grading student work
  • Attend TA orientation at the beginning of the semester


  • Must be current or newly admitted Music MA student in good standing at California State University, Fresno.
  • Must enroll in at least 6 units (three of which must be graduate units) for the semester or in two courses applicable to program of study. 
  • The successful candidate must have a at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicants with a 3.5 or higher are preferred.
  • Applicants may be asked to demonstrate piano skills.
  • International students must have a TOEFL score of 213 or better. Candidates must have the ability to design and grade exams and assignments. 
  • For those who have previously held a TA position at Fresno State, peer and student evaluations will be reviewed and considered as part of the selection process.

Application Procedures: The review of applications will begin on June 1, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The following documents are required to upload:

1. Current unofficial transcripts from your undergraduate and graduate education.  If you have attended more than one institution, please copy and combine these transcripts into one document.

  • How to submit your unofficial transcripts 
    • If you are a Fresno State student:  Sign into  Access your Unofficial Transcript.  Highlight all text throughout the document, copy it and paste it into a word processor document, and save the document with your name somewhere in the file name. 
    • If you are not yet a Fresno State student:  Most U.S. universities allow students to access their academic records online, in a way similar to the way described above for Fresno State students.  Contact your institution’s registrar to find out how to access your unofficial transcript and follow the process described above.  If you have transcripts from more than one institution, please copy them all and paste them into one document, as PageUp only allows one document to be uploaded into the link for transcripts.  Make certain that each institution is clearly indicated within this document.

2. Curriculum Vita, or résumé.  Your Curriculum Vita, or CV, is the academic equivalent of a résumé.  It should contain your contact information, your employment and educational history, skills such as computer programming, familiarity with commonly used computer programs, as well as internships, awards, volunteer service, training and any other experience you have that is relevant to education.

3. Cover Letter on teaching, your preparedness for teaching, and your personal and professional goals. This need be only a 1-2 page document in which you describe what skills and knowledge base you possess that you believe would make you a good university-level instructor, why you would like to teach at the university level, what your future goals are, and what you hope to gain from the experience of being a TA here at Fresno State. 

4. As part of the selection process, applicants may be asked for an in-person interview or perform a live audition.

For more information: Contact Matthew Darling, Email at

The California State University Teaching Associate Classification and Standards

Teaching Associates additional information regarding assignment:

  • Evaluations: For details please view the Academic Policy Manual, Section 311
  • Salary: Each department has different salary scales. Please check with your department for your Base Salary. The monthly salary is calculated based on the Weighted Teaching Units assigned.
  • Salary Schedule: The salary schedule can be found on the Faculty Affairs website here.
  • Assignments: Assignments are usually made by Department Chair or Program Coordinator after consultation with the individual faculty member.
  • Duties Form: Per the Collective Bargaining Agreement for Unit 11, a Duties Form (see Appendix E of the CBA) will be completed between the Department and Academic Student Employee. This form substantiates the jobs included for the department teaching associate position.

About the Campus

California State University, Fresno, is a forward-looking and diverse institution located in California’s Central Valley, known for its agriculture, reasonable housing costs, cultural diversity, and proximity to Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada.

The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community are expected to work effectively with faculty, staff and students from diverse ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, please visit: The campus is ranked 24th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges.

Fresno State’s Principles of Community

These Principles were developed collaboratively by faculty, staff, and administrators. They exemplify what we aspire to be.  Find out more about our Principles of Community at:

We all play a role in fostering an inclusive work and learning environment of respect, kindness, collaboration, and accountability where every member of the student body, faculty, staff, and administration can thrive. Our Principles of Community reflect our core values of Discovery, Diversity, and Distinction as well as our deep commitment to our mission "to boldly educate and empower students for success."

Our Students

California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Other Campus Information

In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at  Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. An offer of employment may be withdrawn or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017 as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

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