Graduate Music Assistantships and Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

The Crane School of Music awards graduate assistantships each spring for the following academic year (fall and spring only).  Applicants interested in applying for a music assistantship must have completed a Graduate Application as well as theappropriate additional admissions materials no later than March 2. For detailed admissions requirements, see the links for the Master of Music in Music Education or Performance degrees to the left. 

Most Graduate Assistantships are either full-time/full-year covering tuition along with a $3,000 stipend, or half-time or half-year covering tuition for one semester along with a $1,500 stipend. (These dollar amounts are from the fall 2014, and may change in future years.) Piano Accompanying Assistantships are up to $10,000 per year, however they do not include tuition coverage.

Below are examples of Graduate Assistantships that Crane has offered in the recent past; other assistantships may also be offered depending on availability of funds, the skills of the incoming graduate students, and the needs of the school. If you wish to include a statement about your background and qualifications in any of these areas, please send that to Graduate Programs, The Crane School of Music, 44 Pierrepont Ave., Potsdam, NY 13676. This statement is optional.

Curriculum and Sound Lab Methods and Materials Coordinator
Awarded to full-time Music Education graduate students. Maintain The Crane School of Music Curriculum and Sound Labs; prepare, administer and maintain instructional materials for general music methods courses, early field experience, and principles courses; teach and provide instructional support for general music methods courses, field, and principles students; assist music education faculty and practicum students checking materials in and out; re-shelve materials; create bulletin boards; and reserve the lab for meetings or classes.

Music Technology Assistant
Assist the Crane Coordinator of Technology (a Crane faculty member) with general computer issues, classroom technology, video and audio streaming of concerts, supervising students workers in the Crane MIDI Lab, and other similar duties.

Guitar Assistantship
Awarded to a Guitar Performance student who demonstrates excellence in teaching group guitar lessons. Students must audition/interview with the guitar faculty. This student will teach one or two sections of MULP 129 Popular Guitar for Non-Music Majors or a similar course.

Piano Accompanying Assistantship
Awarded to full-time graduate students with piano accompanying ability, typically Piano Performance majors. Students must audition for members of the piano and/or vocal faculty separately from their admissions audition. Expected contact hours with students (rehearsals, lessons, and performances) is up to 90 hours per semester (for a full assistantship); students may be awarded half-assistantships or other fractions of a full assistantship with fewer contact hours and proportionally smaller awards. Full assistantships in piano accompanying pay $10,000 per year.

Scholarships

The Crane School of Music awards several graduate scholarships each year from two funds: the Helen Snell Cheel Scholarship fund, and the Warren Earl Hultberg Scholarship fund.  Scholarship awards are typically $5,000 per school year ($2,500/semester), but may vary.  The school awards graduate scholarships each spring for the following academic year (fall and spring only). 

Applicants interested in applying for a music scholarship must have completed a Graduate Application as well as the appropriate additional admissions materials no later than March 2. For detailed admissions requirements, see the links for the Master of Music in Music Education or Performance degrees to the left. There is no additional application required to be considered for a music scholarship.

We strongly encourage applicants to also apply for SUNY Potsdam graduate scholarships.  For more details about those awards and application materials, please refer to the Financial Aid Office's graduate scholarship page here.  International students should see this page.