The school of music offers a limited number of graduate assistantships to qualified students. The assistantships normally entail five to ten hours of work per week and pay $3000 to $6000 per semester. Depending on the needs of the department, graduate assistants may be assigned to assist the voice or guitar area, the opera or one of the university ensembles, the Roadrunner Band, or the Institute of Music Research.

In order to be considered for a graduate assistantship, students must complete the Graduate Assistantship Application Form no later than March 15th. Although late applications will be considered, a strong preference will be given to applicants who have completed their application to the graduate school at UTSA and successfully auditioned for the music department by March 15th.

Most assistantships entail non-teaching duties. In order to teach, students must first complete a minimum of 18 hours of graduate coursework at UTSA. Teaching is often done only in the second year of the assistantship.

School of Music Assistantships

The following assistantships are available from the school of music. Not all assistantships are awarded every year. In some cases, assistantships are combined so that the graduate assistant's duties will be shared in multiple areas.

  • Graduate Assistantship in Voice. Duties consist of 10 hours weekly and may include assisting with vocal recruitment and scholarship auditions, assisting in the Vocal Arts Lab, assisting Vocal Area Coordinator; After completion of 18 graduate hours, may include teaching a section of Class Voice under mentorship of voice faculty member.
  • Graduate Assistantship in Choral Conducting. The graduate assistant in choral conducting works for ten hours per week. That time is spent principally working in ensemble rehearsals along with the ensemble director. The ensemble assignment varies between Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Women's Choir, and UTSA Chorus. During the semester of the graduate conducting recital, one or two of the ensembles will serve as the assistant's performing group. The assistant also helps with organizing the annual All-State Choir Clinic in December.
  • Graduate Assistantship in Guitar. Duties include assisting with class guitar for non-music majors, assisting with the Southwest Guitar Festival, and assisting with general guitar-related tasks as needed.
  • Graduate Assistantship in Opera
  • Graduate Assistantship in Instrumental Conducting
  • Graduate Assistant to the Institute of Music Research
  • Graduate Assistantship for the Roadrunner Band
  • Graduate Assistantship in Music Theory

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Application Deadline is March 15th

In order to be considered for a graduate assistantship, students must complete the Graduate Assistantship Application Form no later than March 15th.


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