Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified students who have been admitted to graduate programs (MM, GPD, DMA) as full-time degree candidates. The funding of an assistantship consists of two parts: a scholarship portion and an earned portion. The scholarship portion covers up to 80% of the student’s tuition. The earned portion is provided to the student in the form of semi-monthly payroll checks (or direct deposit) through the Peabody Business Office and will be subject to federal and Maryland state tax laws. Graduate Assistants must secure enough funding resources to pay the remainder of educational costs and the percentage of tuition not covered by the scholarship portion of the assistantship. For more information, or to find out how to apply, please contact the Peabody Admissions Office (667)208-6600.
NOTE: Students who are awarded graduate assistantships are not eligible for Peabody Scholarship.
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Accompanying graduate assistants play for studio lessons, repertoire classes, juries, and master classes. In addition to ability and interest in collaborative playing, knowledge of the repertoire and excellent sight-reading skills are required. Applicants must upload repertoire lists and/or printed programs to the application as validation of prior experience. Sight-reading is part of the interview. There are more applicants for Accompanying assistantships than any other, making them highly competitive.
Conducting Assistantships are available in opera, choral, and orchestral areas. Applicants are instructed to indicate their specialty on the application form, so we can schedule the appropriate interviews(s). Choral conducting assistantships are open to experienced conducting majors.
There are two assistantships in the Computer Music Department, normally awarded to those pursuing advanced graduate study in the field. Applicants need a strong background in computer music composition, performance, or research. Assistants work with computers and digital sound equipment, teaching and tutoring, and/or concert production depending on their skills.
There are two assistantships in Ear Training. Responsibilities include teaching classes, working with students having difficulties, grading papers, and testing undergraduates during audition periods. Applicants must place out of Graduate Theory Review and Ear Training by placement exam. Candidates must be able to sight-sing in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass clefs, possess the skill to accurately play two- and three-part Bach Inventions on the piano (legato without using the pedal) and have good command of the English language for teaching.
The guitar department currently has two half-time graduate assistantship positions. Both assistants work for the three full-time faculty in the department. Responsibilities include assistance with master classes, studio rep classes, Preparatory collaborations, practice monitoring, maintenance of the department web page and other communications, classroom, clerical, and organizational tasks.
One graduate assistantship is awarded in Jazz Studies. Applicants must fulfill the requirements of the Graduate Performance Diploma audition and possess strong writing and communication skills in addition to a high level of performance. Teaching experience is preferred but not required, and computer skills are desirable. Duties include coaching jazz ensembles, overseeing Jazz Fundamentals and Jazz Improv I and II classes, equipment supervision, and providing assistance to jazz faculty members. The names of those who apply to this assistantship will be forwarded to the Jazz Department for consideration. There will be no interview as part of this process. The results will be sent out on April 1st.
The Music Education assistants help with instruction as appropriate to their background and are responsible for transporting students and video-taping student teaching activities and performance workshops. They will also assist with the continuing education Saturday Series and attend the Maryland State Music Educators Conference as representatives of Peabody. The assistantship is open to all graduate students, but priority will be given to MM Music Education students and those in MM or DMA programs with school teaching experience. Some requirements for a qualified applicant include: must have a car that seats 4 people, must be familiar with electronic equipment, must be available Mondays 11:00am-1:30pm and Tuesday/Thursday mornings 8:00am-noon.
There are two full assistantships in opera accompanying which may be divided at the discretion of JoAnn Kulesza, musical director of the opera program. These are demanding positions which require a variety of skills and duties. In addition to accompanying opera rehearsals, the assistants work under supervision to coach singers and, if qualified, conduct rehearsals. The opera accompanying assistants are also expected to help evaluate the progress of the participants and keep abreast of the need for additional rehearsal time. Applicants must have excellent sight reading skills and knowledge of vocal diction in languages other than English. Often the person awarded this assistantship has conducted, prepared, and/or produced opera.
Three Piano/Keyboard Studies graduate assistants work with the two full-time faculty and two adjunct faculty. The work load is 12-14 hours per week. Assistants attend class meetings, take attendance, and meet individually with each student every week to hear and grade assignments. They sometimes teach classes and, when needed, tutor students who desire additional support. Assistants may also hear auditions and juries. Candidates must be piano majors and demonstrate facility in theoretical skills at the keyboard, including playing by ear, melody harmonization, and figured bass realization. All candidates must place out of Graduate Theory Review by placement exam. The 15-minute assistantship interview will include examples demonstrating fluency in theoretical skills at the piano, as well as an excerpt from the candidate’s piano repertoire and sight-reading. Most assistants have had three to four years’ experience teaching privately or in group piano.
One full graduate assistantship is awarded in piano maintenance, but may be divided at the discretion of the supervisor. The Piano Maintenance assistant helps keep Peabody’s pianos in good condition. Work includes replacing broken strings and performing minor repairs. The assistants also do light tuning such as touching up pianos. Preference is given to students who have woodworking skills or experience tuning pianos. At the interview applicants are tested on the ability to hear and tune unisons and on their aptitude for using tools. You will be contacted directly by the department if you are selected for an interview.
There are seven Music Theory assistants, one for each full-time member of the classroom theory faculty. The duties of the assistants are determined individually between the assistant and the specific faculty member, and may include, but are not limited to: classroom teaching, individual tutoring and responding to student queries vie email, grading of homework assignments, assistance with photocopying, organizing materials for course reserves, assistance setting up the classroom for daily work, updating the department website, and attending class sessions. A very solid theory background, including analytical and written work in harmony and tonal counterpoint, and good keyboard and aural skills, is required. Successful candidates must earn highest marks in all areas of the GADMA examination and must place out of Ear Training Review by placement examination. The assistantship interview, lasting 15-20 minutes, will include discussion of music examples at sight and sight-reading at the keyboard.
Vocal accompanying assistantships are awarded to students enrolled in either the MM or GPD in Vocal Accompanying program. Candidates should be excellent sight-readers with a good command of one or more of the operatic languages. Hours for the vocal accompanying assistantship can be fulfilled by working for either the voice or opera department, or a combination of the two. Good organizational skills are a must. Awards are based on an audition interview with Eileen Cornett during February audition week. The audition consists of solo playing, sight-reading, and performing an art song/aria while following a singer and conductor.
This graduate assistantship is limited to Wind Conducting majors, with priority given to DMA students. Duties include assisting with the conducting classes for non-majors, running sectionals for the Peabody Wind Ensemble, assisting with administrative duties for the Peabody Wind Ensemble, serving as cover conductor for the Peabody Wind Ensemble, and conducting the Peabody Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds in performance as assigned.
The following assistantships are awarded by the faculty when openings occur. Application procedures vary. See the departmental coordinator and/or the admissions office for more information.