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Graduate Assistantships

Department of Music Assistantships

The Department of Music offers a limited number of assistantships that include a stipend of approximately $7,000 to $8,000 per academic year (paid in bimonthly installments) and a full tuition scholarship .

Graduate assistants carry a 12 credit hour load per semester, with an assistantship obligation of 15 hours per week . Graduate assistants are assigned duties according to their capabilities and the departmentís needs, such as teaching individual and class lessons, musicianship classes, accompanying, assisting with ensembles, assisting with courses, supervising listening sessions, or general depart-mental administrative duties. Notification of an assistantship may be sent at the same time as notification of acceptance into the graduate program, or it may come afterwards.

Instructions for applying for a department assistantship are included with the application materials. Check the box on the application form and include the requested statement. (There is no separate application for a Department assistantship.) In addition to the requested statement of career plans, please submit a complete list of employment and other experience, both music related and other.

Applicants may express an interest in being assigned to certain types of duties if they wish; however, we cannot guarantee being able to fulfill this request in some cases. An on-campus interview is normally part of the selection procedure for those interested in applying for an assistantship.

The entire regular application process (forms for the Graduate Admissions Office and interview) should be completed by February 15 for matriculation the following fall semester.

Assistantships are usually awarded for one complete school year (September-May), and may be renewed for one additional year. Master's degree candidates are not eligible to receive an assistantship for more than two school years. A student holding an assistantship may not accept supplemental employment or additional service obligations without the approval of the department and the Graduate School.

Students who hold full-time jobs are not eligible for assistantships.
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Last Updated: 8/13/09