Music Scholarships and Assistantships

Please note: all students who apply for the School of Music before the March 1st deadline are considered for music scholarships.  All School of Music auditions need to be scheduled through Ariah Mann. Ariah's direct line in the School of Music office is 406-243-6881, or she can be reached at


The School of Music scholarships are separate from general UM scholarships.  You are encouraged to visit the UM Scholarship Portal to complete your general UM scholarship application.  The portal is accessible to all incoming and continuing UM students and offers one centralized general application, regardless of a student’s major or program of study.  You may receive scholarships from both the university and the School of Music.


Financial Assistance/Teaching Assistantships 

The School of Music offers a limited number of competitive graduate teaching assistantships (GTAs) available during the normal academic year. Graduate students in these positions assist faculty with course instruction and grading of assignments and exams as well as important programmatic needs. Service in these positions can be used to enhance professional resumes and often result in strong job references. Graduate teaching assistants are selected by the School of Music according to their suitability of background and the School's needs. Appointments are made annually and GTAs work approximately 20 hours per week. Usually, only applicants admitted under full status to the Graduate School are eligible for teaching assistantships. In addition to their salaries, teaching assistants receive a tuition waiver.  Additional fees charged by the University are not included in the TA waiver package. Teaching assistants are required to register for a minimum of 6 credits each semester, and the waiver covers a maximum of 9 credits each semester.

Teaching Fellowships and Talent Scholarships may also be available to qualified applicants.

Assistantship Application and Deadline:

Applications must be postmarked by March 1st when applying for a teaching assistantship or fellowship. However, entrance auditions must be completed in advance of March 1st.  Incoming and current students requesting a teaching assistantship/fellowship should submit a letter of application (cover letter) and resume to: 

Dr. Jennifer Cavanaugh, Director
School of Music
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812-7992