Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantship Category Descriptions FTE (full-time equivalent)


Duties May Include



(0.5 FTE)

Assist with Marching Mizzou including some travel, administrative support to the three concert bands, teaching/assisting with rehearsal clinic and basic conducting classes Applicants in a primary band instrument area or wind conducting
Dr. Brian Silvey
Director of Bands

Percussion, Concert
(0.25 FTE)

Teaching non-majors, teaching the percussion techniques/methods class, maintaining the instrument inventory, serving as the percussion solo/ensemble librarian, administrative support for the percussion studio

Applicants for the MM in percussion
Dr. Megan Arns
Assistant Professor of Percussion
Choral Conducting
(0.25 FTE)
Conducting a choral ensemble, assisting with rehearsal conducting, assisting in the management of the choral area Applicants in voice or choral conducting
Dr. Paul Crabb
Director of Choral Activities 
Creating Original Music Project Assistant
(0.25 FTE)

Administrative support to the Managing Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) in the administration of the Creating Original Music Project (COMP), an outreach program directed at composers in grades K-12.

Applicants from any area
Dr. Jacob Gotlib
Managing Director 
Mizzou New Music Initiative

Missouri String Project
(0.25 FTE)

Administrative support for the Missouri String Project in the form of regular office hours

Applicants for the MM in string performance or PhD/master’s music education with a string background

Professor Leslie Perna
Director of the Missouri String Project

Higday Outreach
(0.25 FTE)

Administering the Hidgay program by organizing performances around the community, communicating with students/faculty, promoting the groups Applicants from any major area
Emily Edgington 
Director of Community Music @ Mizzou
Music Education
(0.25-0.50 FTE)
Teaching music skills or methods courses for elementary and early childhood education majors, teaching beginning folk guitar class, and assisting faculty in the music education area. Applicants for the MM or PhD in music education
Dr. Wendy Sims
Director of Music Education 

Music Theory
(0.25 FTE)

Assisting freshman or sophomore theory classes, or teaching Fundamentals of Music (for non-music majors) Applicants for the MM in composition or music theory or other areas with appropriate skills.  Applicants interested in an assistantship in music theory must arrange for an interview and should plan to do so while on campus for their primary audition audition or interview for School of Music admission.
Dr. Neil Minturn
Composition/Theory Area Coordinator
(0.25 FTE)

Assisting music history faculty in the preparation of courses, serving as the teaching assistant for a large-enrollment course for non-majors, or teaching courses for non-music majors

Applicants for the MA in musicology
Dr. Michael J. Budds
Musicology/Ethnomusicology Area Coordinator
New Music Ensemble
(0.33 FTE)
Being a member of the NME includes 6 hours/week rehearsal, performances on and off campus throughout each semester, expected performance at the Mizzou International Composers Festival, held in July each year, (an additional $500 is added for the summer)
Instrumentation:  flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, percussion, at-large position

2019-2020 needs: clarinet, violin, piano, percussion, and an at-large position awarded to an instrumentalist or vocalist demonstrating exceptional abilities in new music performance

Applicants for the MM in performance. Applicants in other areas, such as composition, music theory, etc., may also apply but must demonstrate performance skills at the MM level.
MM performance audition procedures will be followed for all applicants, though candidates for these assistantships must perform one or more additional, representative works of new music.
See here for audition material.

Dr. Jacob Gotlib
Managing Director
Mizzou New Music Initiative 
Orchestral Conducting
(0.25 FTE)

Rehearsal and performance conducting, administrative support for the orchestra program.

Applicants for the MM in orchestral conducting

Professor Barry Ford
Director of Orchestral Activities

(0.25 FTE)

Teaching music majors in group piano, teaching majors and non-majors in individual applied lessons, studio accompanying, choral accompanying, assisting in the pedagogy library. Applicants for the MM in piano, or piano pedagogy
Dr. Janice Wenger
Keyboard Area Coordinator 
(0.25 FTE)
Teaching of non-majors, assisting with opera workshop, helping with administration of vocal program Applicants for the MM in voice
Professor Christine Seitz
Voice Area Coordinator and Director of Show-Me Opera