Graduate Assistants receive tuition remission (up to a maximum of 100%) in exchange for academic service to the school. Assistantship positions and responsibilities range from tutoring and coaching, to assisting ensemble directors and providing administrative support. All positions are designed to connect you to unique and invaluable professional experiences working with students, faculty, and staff.

Once you are an accepted graduate student, you are invited to apply for a graduate assistantship. Through the application process, you will have an opportunity to express interest and share qualifications for positions in specific areas of the school. We strongly recommend submitting the graduate assistantship application no later than March 15.

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Graduate Assistantships are categorized by support type:

  • Musicianship Support - service includes tutoring, grading, and leading some instruction in the musicianship classrooms and providing direct administrative assistance to faculty members.
  • Ensemble Director Support - service includes directly assisting ensemble directors in preparing for and facilitating rehearsals, administrative tasks, and concert performance logistics.
  • Applied Area Support - service includes assisting faculty in specified applied areas (woodwinds, brass, keyboards, strings, voice) by supporting teaching studios, small ensembles, and maintaining applied area inventory and supplies.
  • Degree Program Support - service includes assisting faculty in specified departmental areas (Music Performance, Music Education, Music Technology, Music Therapy, Music Ministry; graduate and undergraduate divisions) and may include grading, coaching, tutoring, and teaching.
  • Administration/Faculty Support - service includes assisting various staff members and administrators in event planning, staging and set up, maintaining computer labs and music libraries, marketing and advertisement, and community arts programming and administration.

General Requirements of all Graduate Assistants:

  • Attend graduate student orientation and complete required training
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (3.0 GPA minimum)
  • Fulfill responsibilities and communicate regularly with faculty/staff supervisor
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of artistry and professionalism

Did you know?

As an enrolled student, you can apply and compete for additional funding to support your education. Check out some of our recent endowed scholarship recipients. Students are also eligible to join the Gig List and be paid for performing through our Hire-a-Musician program.


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