Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantships

Graduate Teaching and Research Assistantship Category Descriptions FTE (full-time equivalent)
*Check with assistantship contact for availability of these positions


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

(0.25 FTE)

Duties include possibly assisting with Marching Mizzou (including some travel), administrative support to the three concert bands, and teaching/assisting with music education and ensemble courses.  Applicants in a primary band instrument area or wind conducting
Dr. Brian Silvey
Director of Bands

Editorial Assistant
(0.25 FTE)

Assist the Editor of Update: Applications of Research in Music Education. Duties include managing journal submissions, electronic filing and organization, maintaining databases, and other administrative tasks as assigned. Additional opportunities could include teaching/assisting with music education and ensemble courses. Applicants for the MM or PhD in Music Education preferred; other primary instrument areas and wind conducting considered.
Dr. Brian Silvey
Associate Professor of Music Education

Percussion, Drumline
(0.5 FTE)

Teaching and providing support to the Marching Mizzou Drumline including drumline camp, band camp, rehearsals, and game day support

Applicants for the MM in percussion
Dr. Amy Knopps
Director of Athletic Bands
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 
Composition Area
(0.25 FTE)

Administrative support to the Managing Director of the Mizzou New Music Initiative (MNMI) and composition faculty. This may include the administration of the Creating Original Music Project (COMP), an outreach program directed at composers in grades K-12, teaching, or assisting with other applicable administrative tasks.

Applicants from any area; preference given to composition applicants
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

Community 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
Joanna Griffith
Director of Marketing and Community Outreach 
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

Preference given to applicants for the MA in musicology
Dr. Judith Mabary
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

2020-2021 needs: flute, violin, and cello

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 
(0.25 FTE)

Rehearse and perform with the MO Brass Quintet.

Applicants for the MM in trumpet performance

Dr. Iskander Akhmadullin
Professor of Trumpet

(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 collaborative piano
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 Steven Tharp
Voice Area Coordinator  
(0.25 FTE)
Rehearse and perform with the MO Brass Quintet. Applicants for the MM in tuba performance
Dr. Angelo Manzo
Associate Professor of Tuba and Euphonium