Graduate Assistantships

At the Mary Pappert School of Music, we offer competitive awards to graduate applicants in the form of assistantships. Assistantship positions and responsibilities range from performing in ensembles to assisting in the classrooms and providing faculty and staff with administrative support. All positions are designed to provide Graduate Assistants (GA's) with unique and valuable professional experiences working alongside faculty and staff.

How does the GA program work?

Award EquivalencyGA's receive tuition remission in exchange for weekly service to the school. The value of each assistantship is reflected in the week's hourly service requirements.

Each GA receives assignments prior to the start of each academic year (by August 1). The assignments include detailed information about the position(s) as well as the distribution of weekly service hours which may result in the total hours being distributed over several areas or just one.

GA Assignments

Do I need to apply for an assistantship?

No, all graduate applicants are automatically considered for graduate assistantships. All graduate applicants have an opportunity to express interest and share qualifications for positions in specific areas of service by completing a survey. Read more about the various GA positions and roles in the GA overview. Graduate award decisions are issued beginning March 21. Most award offers are extended before the deposit deadline on April 15.

Graduate Assistanships are categorized in 5 major support realms:

  1. Performance Support - service includes rehearsing and performing in ensembles as instructed by ensemble directors for 0 (zero) credit.
  2. Musicianship/Ensemble Support - service includes tutoring, grading, and leading some instruction in the musicianship classrooms and/or providing direct administrative assistance to ensemble directors.
  3. 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.
  4. Department/Program Support - service includes assisting faculty in specified program/departmental areas (Music Performance, Music Education, Music Technology, Music Therapy, Sacred Music; graduate and undergraduate divisions) and may include grading, coaching, tutoring, and teaching.
  5. Administration/Staff Support - service includes assisting various staff and administrators in event planning, staging and set up, maintaining computer labs and music libraries, marketing and advertisement, arts administration and community programming.
Each of the major realms contain several positions each with a unique set of responsibilities.

General Requirements of all Graduate Assistants:

  • Attend graduate student orientation and complete Blackboard training
  • Submit bi-weekly timesheets to faculty/staff supervisor
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress
  • Fulfill responsibilities and communicate regularly with faculty/staff supervisor
  • Demonstrate the highest standards of professionalism


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