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MuCT Graduate Assistantship Descriptions

Contact: Dr. Gene Trantham

Assistantship needs may change during the course of the academic year. In some cases, more than one vacancy may exist for one of these positions.

Arts Village (available Fall 2014)

Provides administrative and artistic assistance to the Arts Village, a residential living and learning community at BGSU.

Aural Skills (available Fall 2014)

Students selected for these positions teach aural-skills courses on an alternate basis with the instructor. They assist with class preparation, grading, record keeping and outside-of-class testing. They also run help sessions and tutor individual students. Qualifications include high levels of skill in keyboard playing, sight singing and ear training involving music of the common-practice period. Knowledge of moveable-do, do-minor solfeggio and aural skills involving music of the 20th century is desirable, but not required.

Composition (available Fall 2014)

The student selected for this position assists in undergraduate composition instruction, provides administrative and production assistance to the Composition area, and may be assigned other duties as needed. Qualifications include some teaching experience, strong composition skills and good organization skills. For majors only

MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music (available Fall 2015)

The student selected for this position assists the Director and Coordinator of MACCM Operations in routine office tasks (sorting, filing, mailing and preparation of materials for performance and/or the library archives). He/she also assists in all aspects of preparation for the annual New Music & Art Festival and visits of guest artists. Qualifications include strong interest in and knowledge of contemporary music, good writing skills, interest in program management and basic computer skills.

Music History (available Fall 2014)

Students selected for these positions primarily assist with class preparation, grading, and record keeping and occasionally teach class and proctor exams. They also run help sessions and tutor individual students. Qualifications include strong interest in major historic periods, good writing skills and knowledge of music theory. Students who apply for this assistantship should have a grade of B or better in undergraduate history courses. 

Music Technology (available Fall 2015)

Students selected for these positions primarily assist with studio/workstation maintenance, class preparation, grading, scheduling and record keeping, and occasionally teach class and proctor exams. They also run lab sessions, tutor individual students, and assist as needed with the activities of the Music Technology and Recording Studios. Qualifications include extensive knowledge of digital and analog studio techniques, proficient computer skills, and background as a composer.

A more detailed description of the music technology assistantships is available.

Music Theory (available Fall 2014)

Students selected for these positions teach music-theory courses on an alternate basis with the instructor. They assist with class preparation, grading, and record keeping. They also run help sessions and tutor individual students. Qualifications include knowledge of harmony, voice leading, and forms of the common-practice period. Keyboard skills and knowledge of theories of 20th century are desirable, but not required.

Non-major Offerings (available Fall 2014)

Graduate students selected for these positions teach basic musicianship to non-music majors and should have knowledge of the fundamentals of music theory, and good writing skills. Typical duties include class preparation, paper grading, record keeping, tutoring students, teaching class and proctoring exams. Students who apply for this assistantship should have a grade of B or better in undergraduate history courses. 

Instrumental and Choral Arranging (available Fall 2014)

The student selected for this position primarily assists with class preparation, grading and record keeping, and occasionally teaches class and proctors exams. He/she also runs help sessions, tutors individual students, and proofreads scores. Qualifications include knowledge of instrumental and choral arranging, 20th-century analytical/compositional techniques, and music theory. The ability to use professional computer notation software is required.

World Music (available Fall 2014)

The student selected for this position primarily assists with class preparation, grading and record keeping, and occasionally teaches class, proctors exams and coaches small ensembles. He/she also runs help sessions and tutors individual students. Qualifications include strong interest in world music, good writing skills and knowledge of music theory. Students who apply for this assistantship should have a grade of B or better in undergraduate history courses.