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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 additional Peabody Scholarship.

Assistantship Documents

Breakdown of Graduate Assistantship Award

You will need to bring the following forms to the Human Resources office during orientation in order to enter the payroll system:

Student Information Form

I-9 Form

Assistantship Application

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


  • 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.

Computer Music

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.

Ear Training

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.

Guitar (Open to Guitar Majors Only)

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.

Jazz (Open to Jazz Majors Only)

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.

Opera Accompanying

There are two full assistantships in opera accompanying which may be divided at the discretion of the 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 faculty and two adjunct faculty. 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.

Piano Maintenance

One full graduate assistantship is awarded in piano maintenance, but may be divided at the discretion of the supervisor. The piano maintenance graduate assistant helps keep Peabody’s pianos in good condition. Daily duties 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. Previous experience/training in piano technology and use of workshop tools such as screwdrivers, hammers, drill press, and other shop equipment is preferred. The graduate assistant will assist with maintaining the piano inventory, the student piano loan program, general organization of the shop, and during select times of the year will assist with climate control and humidifier maintenance in s.

Job requirements

  • One or more years of experience strongly 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 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 

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 – RAS Graduate Assistantship Information
  • Composition – The names of those who apply to this assistantship will be sent to Mr. Oscar Bettison, Chair of Composition, for consideration.  There will be no interviews scheduled.