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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- ALL applicants (including current Peabody students applying to new programs) who wish to be considered for a new assistantship must fill out an Assistantship Application before December 1st. The faculty will review the applications and select candidates for an interview for any open positions. Submitting an application does not guarantee that an interview will be scheduled.
- Graduate Assistantship interviews are scheduled during the February Audition Week only.
- Assistantship awards vary in amount. Some are in the amount of full tuition, although some awards are divided and assigned a proportionate amount of duties based on the needs of certain departments.
- The award is for one year, and at the recommendation of the faculty is renewable for a second year.
- Graduate Assistants are expected to provide up to 12-15 hours of work each week of the academic year although duties and loads may vary according to the department.
- Several assistantships are available only to students in the second year of graduate study and are so noted.
- International applicants who are not current Peabody students will be required to produce a TOEFL score of 79 or IELTS score of 6.5 before the December 1 deadline in order to be considered. All positions require English fluency.
Accompanying (open to piano majors only)
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 (open to conducting majors only)
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.
Library and Bibliography
Three graduate students hold half-assistantships in the Arthur Friedheim Music Library. Each works an average of 7.5 hours per week from the first day of classes through the last day of final exams. Assistants will be assigned to manage the operation of the music library during evening and weekend hours and assist faculty with the graduate-level music Bibliography course. Library-related responsibilities include training and supervision of student staff, performing advanced and confidential circulation functions, and answering reference questions. Course-related responsibilities may include grading of homework assignments, class preparation, tutoring of ESL students, classroom technology, and substitute or group teaching. Assistants must be able to attend one section of the course regularly and meet weekly with the Head and Circulation Librarians. Outstanding writing and verbal skills are required. Preference will be given to students who have completed a graduate-level bibliography or research course by the end of this academic year, and individuals with music library work experience. All applicants will be contacted following the initial screening process, and those selected to continue will be notified of an interview date.
Music Education (Open to Guitarists Only)
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.
Piano/Keyboard Studies (open to piano majors only)
Three Piano/Keyboard Studies graduate assistants work with the two full-time facultiy 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.
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 (open to vocal accompanying majors only)
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.
Wind Conducting (open to wind conducting majors only)
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.
Internal Assistantships – For Second Year Peabody Students Only
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.
- Audio Sciences – Contact Mr. Scott Metcalfe, Director of Recording Arts & Sciences, for more information.
- Composition – The names of those who apply to this assistantship will be sent to Mr. Michael Hersch, Chair of Composition, for consideration. There will be no interviews scheduled.