College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Merit Based Aid

The College offers merit based aid, in the forms of scholarships and teaching assistantships, in many areas including those listed below. 

For more specific information contact faculty in your respective department.

Students interested in applying for an assistantship in music theory must:

  • Provide two writing samples (research paper, excerpt from thesis, etc.) that demonstrate ability in critical thinking and argumentation, and skill in writing.  Ideally, at least one of these samples should involve music analysis and/or explore music-theoretic issues.  Writing samples must be mailed to the College of Music Graduate Office.

  • An interview in person is highly recommended for those applying for a Theory Assistantship.  The interview will include sight-singing, demonstration of keyboard skills (harmonic progressions, simple keyboard textures, etc.), as well as discussion of the applicant’s theory and teaching background.  To schedule an interview, contact the Theory Department.

Students interested in applying for the Graduate Assistantship in Accompanying and Teaching in Piano must submit the application by January 1st.

Graduate students can apply for Colorado residency after 1-year.

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