These competitive awards provide a tuition scholarship and a stipend to compensate students for assisting with various assigned duties including:
- Teaching undergraduate minor instrument classes in the music education department
- Teaching private lessons to non-music majors
- Tutoring respective concentration areas
- Offering assistance to faculty and staff in music theory, electronic music, concert management, the music library, the instrument and piano repair shops, and the music office
Assistantship awards are split between tuition scholarship (6-8 credits per semester) and a stipend, which, when combined, exceed the cost of full tuition. Assistantships may be held for up to four semesters. The awards have a cash value of approximately $30,000-$40,000 (depending on the specific degree program) over the two-year degree period.