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Assistantships, Scholarships & Competitions

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

The School of Music offers a number of graduate teaching assistantships each academic year.  See the list below for this year’s needs.

The appointment is subject to completion of the School of Music admissions requirements and the recommendation of the primary professor in the area or studio.

Assistantships carry a waiver of the university tuition, medical coverage, and a monthly stipend.

Graduate Teaching Assistantship contracts begin on August 1 and GTA’s are expected to arrive in Knoxville prepared to assume their duties during the first week of August.  Additionally, all Graduate Teaching Assistants whose native language is not English must take the OPIc examination as an administrative requirement shortly after their arrival in August. GTA’s are also expected to be in Knoxville several days prior to the start of classes in January.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA) Available For The Next Academic Year

Application Process

Graduate Assistantship applicants must:

  • Submit a Graduate Assistantship form.
  •  Submit a total of 3 letters of recommendation (instead of the normal 2 letters). See above for more information regarding the recommendation letters.
  • Submit a statement that briefly describes your professional goals and how a graduate assistantship would support those goals.
  • Submit a curriculum vita (CV).
  • GA requirements specific to your area of study:
    • Theory/Composition: In order to be considered for a theory Graduate Teaching Assistantship, you must virtually interview and complete a teaching audition. You will submit a teaching demonstration video with your application by the December 15 deadline. At the interview, you will be asked about your background, interests, teaching experiences, and future plans. We will also discuss your teaching from the video. Please teach a 10-minute lesson on melodic or dictation. For further information, click here.

Fellowships, Loans, Veterans Assistance

In addition to assistantships and scholarships, the Graduate School offers several fellowships for which graduate students in music may apply. Application forms are available from the Office of Graduate Admissions and Records, 218 Student Services Building (865-974-3251) and online.

Applicants may also contact the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (865-974-3131) for information regarding other scholarships, employment, and loans. Veterans and widows or children of certain deceased or disabled veterans who have been admitted to a degree program may apply for benefits by contacting the Veterans Affairs Office, 209 Student Services Building, (865) 974-1507.


Graduate students can participate in the following competitions:

Early Termination/Withdrawal

If a graduate teaching assistant is terminated or withdraws from a program prior to the end of the semester, the student will be responsible for payment of tuition and other fees from the termination/withdrawal date until the end of the semester.  The responsibility for paying tuition and fees will apply to all students, including those who have tuition waivers during the semester in which they are terminated/withdraw early.  Please see the graduate catalog for additional information about early termination/withdrawal at: and  If a GTA is considering early withdrawal, they should contact the Bursar’s office to inquire about the financial ramifications for early withdrawal.

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