Assistantships offered in the music teaching and learning department include departmental assistantships and assistantships for classroom teachers of music education techniques (instrumental and vocal). Applicants may qualify for awards outside of the department as well. Not all awards are available each year.
Graduate students are expected to teach, assist in teaching, assist in student teaching observations, or assist with assessment work in the department (e.g., administering musicianship skills or pre-internship review assessments in the Music Teaching and Learning curriculum) and/or local public schools during their enrollment at Eastman. Masters students, except those in the summers-only program, will assist for at least one year; doctoral students assist for at least two years. For this service, they will receive a stipend. The department views these teaching and assessment requirements as co-curricular preparation for a career in music teaching, in that it gives students important teaching experience, professional development, and faculty mentoring around teaching.