Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available each year to MA and MM students in the Greatbatch School of Music. Generally, these positions are awarded to students within their major field of study or for services in which they hold special expertise. Assistantships are normally reserved for graduate music students who are enrolled full time toward their degree and are for the entire academic year. Full and partial assistantships are available. Full time assistants are assigned 20 hours of work per week, or .5 FTE academic duties, or some combination. Partial awards are pro-rated accordingly. Graduate assistants may be awarded a stipend in addition to any tuition award. Other combinations of awards may also be offered.

Students holding full assistantships are normally limited to course loads of eight to nine credit hours per semester, and students holding partial assistantships will normally carry a course load of no more than 12 credit hours per semester.

Graduate assistants are given performance, professorial support, staff and (where appropriate) teaching duties that support and supplement the work of the faculty of the Greatbatch School of Music. Graduate assistantships are renewable for a second year, contingent upon acceptable progress in graduate studies, satisfactory performance of assigned responsibilities, and availability of funding from endowment sources. Typical areas for assistantships are in Composition/Theory, Collaborative Piano, Instrumental Conducting and Choral Conducting.

School of Music graduate awards are based on the recommendation of the faculty. Awards are not granted on the basis of the student’s financial need. Though not required, we encourage students seeking need-based financial aid to apply for federal financial aid. To do so the student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is recommended that they submit the FAFSA by March 1,  for full consideration. International students are not eligible to submit the FAFSA.

In addition to the general application requirements, for those seeking a graduate assistantship the following should be on file:

  • completed Graduate Award Application:
  • three letters of reference (may be same letters for admission or may be letters oriented towards work or internship experience useful in a graduate assistantship)
  • résumé of education and all relevant experience
  • for accompanists: Repertoire list of vocal and instrumental pieces accompanied.  Indicate whether performed in concert or lessons/classes.

Please read What We Believe and the Vision of Our Common Life before signing the graduate award application.