APPLIED STUDIO TEACHER: Teach instrumental or vocal lessons to students such as non-music majors. Assistantships in studio teaching are awarded in consultation with the performance faculty, and are based on the applicant’s degree program audition. Studio teaching awards for Piano and Organ are available to DMA performance majors only. An online interview may be requested.
ENSEMBLE PERFORMER: Perform in large instrumental or vocal ensembles, including Conducting Orchestra, as assigned. Decisions are based on the applicant’s degree program audition. No additional application, audition, or forms are required.
CLASSROOM TEACHER OF PIANO: Teach Class Piano, (using a Yamaha Keyboard Lab). The curriculum is designed for Eastman music majors (non-pianists) and beginning level piano students from the UR River Campus. Candidates are selected on the basis of their classroom teaching experience and knowledge of keyboard labs, music software programs such as Classroom Maestro, SmartBoard® interactive display (7000 Series), and the creativity shown when using these teaching tools. Applicants for this assistantship will be asked to provide background information detailing their prior teaching experience. An online Zoom interview may be requested. Further information can be studied at https://www.esm.rochester.edu/classpiano/
STUDIO ACCOMPANIST – PIANO: All Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music Degree applicants are automatically considered for this assistantship; however, advanced pianists with significant studio accompanying experience and excellent sight-reading skills who are applying to degree programs other than Piano Accompanying may also apply.
Applicants should indicate their interest in being considered for this assistantship within their Eastman School of Music online application. Applicants must submit lists of their complete vocal and instrumental collaborative repertoire at this time in order to be considered. Recordings of collaborative performances will be requested only if the applicant is under consideration for this award. The deadline for submission of these recordings is February 1st. Recordings should offer a mixture of repertoire of the applicant’s choice which may include song, opera, duo sonata and/or chamber music that represents the applicant’s highest pianistic, artistic, and collaborative achievement.
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HARPSICHORD CONTINUO, COLLEGIUM MUSICUM and/or BAROQUE CHAMBER MUSIC: Applicants will be expected to demonstrate advanced proficiency with continuo realization by reading figured bass from an unrealized part at sight. Harpsichord majors are automatically considered for this assistantship based on their audition for admission but still must indicate their interest in a continuo grad award. This position entails performing in the Collegium Musicum ensemble as well as in Baroque Chamber Music groups.
HARPSICHORD ACCOMPANIST: Applicants will be expected to demonstrate advanced proficiency with continuo realization by reading figured bass from an unrealized part at sight. Harpsichord majors are automatically considered for this assistantship based on their audition for admission but still must indicate their interest in a continuo position. This position typically entails accompanying vocalists and instrumentalists.
SACRED MUSIC ASSISTANT: This assistantship is typically awarded only to organ majors, and preference is given to students admitted to the Sacred Music Diploma program. Decisions are based on the applicant’s degree program audition. No additional form or materials are required to apply.
ORGAN MAINTENANCE: This position is typically awarded only to organ majors. Preference is given to those with previous experience maintaining organs. Decisions are based on the applicant’s degree program audition. No additional application is required.
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VOICE DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT: This position involves assisting in the voice department office, and is typically awarded to a voice performance major. It does not require an interview, nor any additional forms or materials.
JAZZ DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT: Departmental and/or teaching assistantships in jazz theory, jazz history, improvisation, jazz writing and arranging, performing in ensembles, and instrumental teaching. These assistantships are typically awarded to jazz majors. No additional forms or materials are required.
MUSIC EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT: These include both departmental assistantships (available to Music Education majors only) and assistantships for classroom teachers of music education techniques (available to any interested performers except those who play guitar or keyboard instruments). Recipients of this assignment assist with teaching duties in the Music Education curriculum. Interviews via phone or Skype may be requested. No additional forms or materials are required.
CONDUCTING TEACHING ASSISTANT: This assistantship is restricted to applicants admitted with a major in conducting. Duties may include assisting conducting faculty in rehearsals, leading sectionals, and otherwise preparing for concerts. Doctoral students may be asked to teach conducting classes. Assignments are based on the applicant’s audition and interview; no additional forms or materials are required.
MUSICOLOGY TEACHING ASSISTANT: Only applicants to the Musicology or Ethnomusicology degree programs are eligible for this assistantship, and will be considered based on their interview for the degree program. Applicants to other programs will not be considered. Recipients of this assignment assist with teaching duties in the musicology and music history curriculum.
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CLASSROOM TEACHER OF THEORY/AURAL MUSICIANSHIP: This assistantship is highly competitive, and applicants with any written theory or aural musicianship grades lower than an A-, or a submitted Duolingo English test score below 120, will not be considered. Recipients of this assignment assist with teaching duties in the undergraduate theory curriculum, both in the classroom and in one-on-one tutoring. Applicants for this position will be asked to submit a short statement within the application explaining why they want to be an instructor in the undergraduate theory core at Eastman, and how their background/training has prepared them for this position. Additionally, one of the applicants recommendation letters must be from a teacher of theory or aural musicianship. An interview via videoconference may be requested, which will include demonstration of sight singing, keyboard, and pedagogic abilities. Graduate students assigned one of these assistantships must commit to attending TA training sessions in Rochester one full week before the beginning of classes.
COMPOSITION DEPARTMENT ASSISTANT: This assistantship is restricted to applicants admitted with a major in composition. Duties can include assisting with department performances and projects, and teaching composition-related courses. No additional interview or application is required.
COMPUTER MUSIC STUDIO ASSISTANT: Composition applicants are automatically considered for this assistantship. Other interested applicants may apply; a background in either system programming or electronic music is required. Recipients of this assignment assist in the Eastman Audio Research Studio (EARS) with projects, performances and/or teaching. An online Interview may be requested.
INSTITUTE FOR MUSIC LEADERSHIP – DEPT. ASSISTANT:
This position supports the Assistant Director of the IML with the development of ALC curriculum, communicating with the ALP Certificate cohort, data assessment & collection, and marketing of IML offerings. As a team leader, candidates must be able to supervise fellow student workers and collaborate with other team leaders across the department. The ideal candidate is someone who can take assigned tasks and work independently to complete by a deadline. Attention to detail, creative thinking, and problem-solving skills are a must. Required: A working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications. Preferred: Some graphic and video editing (Canva, InDesign), website development (WordPress) and social media (Facebook & Instagram) knowledge. Please submit a work resume through the online application. Performance resumes will not be considered for this assistantship.
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