Graduate Programs in Music

There are hundreds of reputable graduate programs in music, and several factors will be important when making the decision to continue to on to graduate school. The location, scholarship availability, applied teacher are just some of the factors to ponder.  This list is not exhaustive, but can be a starting point to investigate what is right for you. This list includes programs I know well, programs where I know the teacher, or programs that have recently advertised openings for low brass graduate assistantships. Please note: schools may offer assistantships, however those assistantships may or may not have current openings. Be sure to check with the program and inquire with the applied professor.

The University of New Mexico offers a large number of teaching assistantships including bass trombone, euphonium, and 5 awards that make up a graduate brass quintet.  The major ensembles (orchestra and wind ensemble) are stacked with grad students and play great repertoire too.

The Conservatory at the University of Missouri Kansas City offers graduate fellowships for their brass quintet and has over 200 graduate students in music alone.

Memphis has multiple trombone graduate assistantships and doctoral students get hand-on teaching experience during their degree program.

The University of Florida has as assistantship for a master's trombone student and can be for a tenor or bass specialist.

UNCSA has an assistantship for a graduate trombone student. Check out their program!

Dr. Brad Edwards has an assistantship (either tenor or bass) in his studio. ASU is a powerhouse grad program with a fantastic reputation! Check for current availability.

Ohio University now has an assistantship for a graduate trombone student. It comes with a complete tuition waiver and a stipend and offers teaching responsibilities in the form of applied lessons, trombone methods, and performance in a graduate brass quintet. Dr. Lucas Borges was a friend and colleague of mine at Indiana University. He's top notch!

Valdosta State University has a graduate trombone GA position (opening in the fall of 2018). Douglas Farewell  is the trombone professor and Head of the Music Department. He also plays regularly in the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. Wes Babcock (works in the IT Department) was a grad student with me at the University of New Mexico and also teaches and plays in the area. Great trombonist! 

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