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Graduate Assistantships

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships in the School of Music are available in the areas of Church Music, Collaborative Piano, Composition, Conducting, Instrumental Performance, Music History and Literature, Music Theory, Organ Performance, Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, and Vocal Performance. All Graduate Assistantships are linked to specific majors. Graduate Assistantships are not awarded to MDiv/MM in Church Music students.

Graduate Assistantships typically pay for up to fifteen hours of tuition per academic year plus a stipend for working twelve hours per week in the School of Music. Graduate Assistantships do not cover fees (e.g., applied lesson fees).

Applicants must submit all application forms, recommendations, transcripts, and GRE scores before the application can be considered.

To be considered for a Graduate Assistantship students must:

(1) be admitted to Graduate Study in the School of Music at the University (see Application Materials)

(2) fill out a separate application for Graduate Assistantship

Graduate Assistantship Application

Graduate Assistantships are awarded based on the recommendation of the faculty in the student's major area. Decisions typically begin to be made about April 1 (March 15 for Conducting Assistantships) and may take up to two months to complete. Candidates will be notified of their status as soon as possible after this has been determined.

Students who are awarded Graduate Assistantships will be asked to sign and return a contract. The official notice of Graduate Assistantship awards will be made in writing by the Graduate Program Director of the School of Music. Any discussion of Graduate Assistantship awards or assignments prior to that notice, or by any other persons, shall be considered preliminary and unofficial.

Graduate Assistantships are typically awarded one year at a time. For new students, the expectation is that the contract will be renewed for a second year. This renewal depends principally upon the student maintaining good academic standing and satisfactory performance of the assigned duties.

The duties of Graduate Assistants will vary depending upon the requirements of the area in which the Assistantship is awarded. Responsibilities may include classroom or private teaching of non-majors, tutoring, classroom or general assistance for faculty, accompanying, grading, staffing labs, office or recording studio work, etc.

Students must maintain a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 to retain Graduate Assistantships.

For information on the Council of Graduate Schools' Resolution regarding deadlines for acceptance of financial offers by Graduate Scholars, Trainees, and Assistants, see one of the following links:


Only students with full graduate standing may be considered for assistantships. A student on probation is not entitled to apply for assistance or to continue receiving any financial aid awarded prior to the deficiency.


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