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Graduate Assistantships (GAs) are available to qualified students who have been admitted to graduate programs (MM, GPD, DMA) as full-time degree candidates during the Regular Decision application round only. Consideration for a GA requires the following:

Graduate assistantships are awarded in various types, dependent on what is available in a given year: 1/4, 1/2, 3/4, full. The award comes in two parts:

  • Tuition Scholarship (80%)
  • Taxable Stipend (20%)
    • Provided in the form of bi-weekly paychecks
    • Subject to federal and Maryland state tax laws

GAs must pay tuition by the published deadlines each semester, and as such will need personal resources to cover the 20% work/stipend component that has not yet been earned at the time tuition is due. If you have questions about this, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 667-208-6590, or via email at peabodyfinaid@jhu.edu.

Additional Information

  • Graduate assistantships are awarded for the duration of your degree, provided you remain in good standing academically and with your supervisor.
  • GAs 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.
  • Please note that some GAs are available to second year Peabody students only.
  • International applicants who are not current Peabody students are required to submit a verified English Proficiency exam score by the December 1st deadline in order to be considered. All positions require English fluency.

Available Assistantships for 2022-2023

All assistantships offered by Peabody are described below. However, only those listed here are available on the application for the coming academic year:

Accompanying

Open to Piano majors only

Accompanying GA duties include playing for studio lessons, repertoire classes, juries, and master classes. There are more applicants for Accompanying assistantships than any other, making them highly competitive. Requirements include:

  • Ability and interest in collaborative playing
  • Knowledge of the repertoire
  • Excellent sight-reading skills
  • Repertoire lists and/or printed programs uploaded to the application as validation of prior experience
  • Interview
    • Sight-reading
    • Excerpts from piano repertoire

Conducting

Open to Orchestral 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. 

Computer Music

Computer Music assistantships are normally awarded to those pursuing advanced graduate study in the field. Responsibilities include:

  • Working with computers and digital sound equipment
  • Teaching and tutoring
  • Concert production (dependence on prior experience/skills)

Requirements:

  • A strong background in computer music composition, performance, or research

Ear Training

Responsibilities include:

  • Teaching classes
  • Working with students having difficulties
  • Grading papers
  • Testing undergraduates during audition periods

Requirements include:

  • Exams – minimum score required to qualify for an interview
    • Graduate Assistant and DMA Theory Test (GADMA)
    • Ear Training Placement Exam
  • Interview – keyboard required
    • Sight-sing in the soprano, alto, tenor and bass clefs
    • Accurately play two- and three-part Bach Inventions on the piano (legato without using the pedal)
  • Good command of the English language for teaching

Ensemble Library

The Ensemble Library Graduate Assistantship is designed to provide a high level of training in performance librarianship and is ideally geared towards the incoming graduate student with some experience in this area. The ultimate goal is to provide the GA with employable skills, allowing them to transition directly into a career as a performance librarian for music festivals, academic institutions, or professional ensembles following graduation.

The GA would report to and work closely with the Ensemble Librarian, assisting in all music preparation tasks, while also learning about the structural processes required to plan library support for a full season of diverse ensembles. The GA would work up to 7 hours per week, varying between in office and take-home projects. Responsibilities include:

  • All aspects of score and part preparation, including but not limited to: copying string bowings, entering cuts, correcting notation errors, erasing unnecessary marking from previous use, matching rehearsal systems, etc.
  • Research repertoire and provide accurate instrumentations in ArtsVision for planning purposes
  • Assist with maintaining the collection and updating the catalog
  • Repair parts, scores, and folders as needed
  • Bind parts and scores, using coil, comb, and signature binding techniques as appropriate
  • Scan PDFs of parts/scores
  • Organize parts for distribution
  • Collect, re-organize, and shelve parts after performance
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the part time Library Interns with marking bowings and other duties

Requirements include:

  • At least one year of experience working in a performance or academic library (preferred but not required)
  • Knowledge of orchestral, opera, jazz, choral, and/or wind ensemble repertoire (preferred but not required)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Well organized and attentive to detail
  • Experience in independent and self-motivated work
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds

Guitar

Open to Guitar majors only

Guitar 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

Jazz

Open to Jazz majors only

One graduate assistantship is typically awarded in Jazz Studies. No interview is required. Responsibilities include:

  • Coaching jazz ensembles
  • Overseeing Jazz Fundamentals and Jazz Improv I and II classes
  • Equipment supervision
  • Providing assistance to jazz faculty members

Requirements include:

  • Successful completion of the Graduate Performance Diploma audition
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • A high level of performance
  • Teaching experience (preferred but not required)
  • Computer skills are (desirable but not required) 

Opera Accompanying

Opera Accompanying GAs are demanding positions which require a variety of skills and duties. Responsibilities include:

  • Accompanying opera rehearsals
  • Working under supervision to coach singers
  • Conduct rehearsals (if qualified)
  • Help evaluate the progress of the participants
  • Keep abreast of the need for additional rehearsal time

Requirements include:

  • Interview
    • Sight-reading
    • Excerpts from piano repertoire
  • Knowledge of vocal diction in languages other than English
  • Prior experience conducting, preparing, and/or producing and opera (preferred but not required)

Keyboard Studies

Open to Piano majors only

Keyboard Studies graduate assistants work with the two full-time faculty and two adjunct faculty. Responsibilities include:

  • Attend class meetings
  • Take attendance
  • Meet individually with each student every week to hear and grade assignments
  • Teach classes (occasionally) 
  • Tutor students who desire additional support
  • May also hear auditions and juries

Requirements include:

  • Exam – minimum score required to qualify for an interview
    • Graduate Assistant and DMA Theory Test (GADMA)
  •  Interview
    • Demonstrate facility in theoretical skills at the keyboard, including playing by ear, melody harmonization, and figured bass realization
    • Sight-reading
    • Excerpts from piano repertoire
  • Three to four years’ experience teaching privately or in group piano (preferred but not required)

Piano Maintenance

The piano maintenance graduate assistant helps keep Peabody’s pianos in good condition. Daily responsibilities include:

  • Tuning pianos
  • Performing repairs including string replacement, installation of action parts, pedal repairs, and regluing key tops
  • Action regulation, key rebushing, and cleaning pianos will also be required
  • Assist with maintaining the piano inventory, the student piano loan program, and general organization of the shop
  • During select times of the year will assist with climate control and humidifier maintenance

Requirements include:

  • One or more years of experience strongly preferred
  • Previous experience/training in piano technology and use of workshop tools such as screwdrivers, hammers, drill press, and other shop equipment is preferred
  • Ability to understand and follow written or verbal instructions
  • Ability to operate hand tools and light power tools
  • Ability to participate in the following physical activities 100% of the workday:
    • Standing
    • Walking
    • Sitting
    • Bending
    • Use of upper and lower extremities (L and R)
    • Use of hands and wrists (L and R)
  • Ability to interact and/ or work with faculty, students, staff, and visiting artists in a respectful and courteous manner
  • Ability to lift, carry, or otherwise move and position objects and materials weighing up to 50lbs
  • Ability to push/ pull materials or objects weighing up to 25 lbs
  • Ability to stand, walk or otherwise move about campus on a continuous basis
  • Ability to ascend/ descend stairs on a regular basis

Applicants will be contacted directly by the department if selected for an interview.

Music Theory

There are seven Music Theory assistants, one for each full-time member of the classroom theory faculty. The responsibilities 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
  • Attending class sessions

Requirements include:

  • Exams – minimum score required to qualify for an interview
    • Graduate Assistant and DMA Theory Test (GADMA)
    • Ear Training Placement Exam
  • A very solid theory background, including analytical and written work in harmony and tonal counterpoint
  • Good keyboard and aural skills
  • Interview
    • Will include a discussion of music examples at sight
    • Sight-reading at the keyboard

Vocal Accompanying 

Hours for the vocal accompanying assistantship can be fulfilled by working for either the voice or opera department, or a combination of the two. Requirements include:

  • Good organizational skills are a must
  • Excellent sight-reading skills
  • Good command of one or more of the operatic languages
  • Interview
    • Excerpts from piano repertoire
    • Sight-reading
    • 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. Responsibilities 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
  • Conducting the Peabody Wind Ensemble and Chamber Winds in performance as assigned

Internal Assistantships

Open to second year Peabody students only

The following assistantships are awarded when available by the faculty. Application procedures vary. Contact the departmental coordinator and/or the admissions office for more information.

  • Audio Sciences – RAS Graduate Assistantship Information
  • Composition – The names of those who apply to this assistantship will be sent to the Department Chair of Composition for consideration. No interview is required.

Required Documents

If awarded a GA, you will need to bring the following forms to the Human Resources office during orientation in order to enter the payroll system:

Assistantship Application

Apply now for an assistantship! Applications are due December 1st.