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Being a Graduate Student

What will I learn?

Graduate students at the University of Wyoming have the opportunity to develop their performing skills, research and writing skills, teaching skills, and overall musicianship through interaction with music at a more mature and artistic level than was possible as an undergraduate. Graduate students are expected to model standards for professional behavior and a high level of musicianship in the studio and ensembles and in all interactions with faculty and student colleagues.

Graduate Learning Outcomes for the Department of Music

What does a Graduate Assistant do?

Graduate Assistants help faculty members teach undergraduate classes. Duties will differ in each class, but are likely to involve lecturing, applied teaching, administrative duties, grading, tutoring, and demonstrating. All duties are performed under the supervision of the faculty member. A student with a full assistantship will be assigned 18 clock hours of responsibilities each week.

Graduate Assistantship Application

How will I be mentored?

Students are mentored by their studio teacher and other faculty members. This mentoring relationship is one of the most beneficial aspects of the graduate experience. Both student and faculty member will work to establish a positive, professional relationship, and will be guided in this process via presentations offered through the Music Department Graduate Studies program.

Ideas on mentorship

Comprehensive Exams, Plan B Project, and Graduate Recital

All graduate students will take comprehensive exams and submit a Plan B project, in the form of either a research document or a Lecture-Recital, near the end of their last semester. Performance majors will perform a graduate recital under the direction of their studio teacher. Complete information is available in the Graduate Handbook.

Graduate Seminar

The Graduate Student Seminar Series offers monthly presentations on a wide variety of topics relevant to the Graduate Program. This is a new service to graduate students to assist in furthering their success at the University, helping with Graduate Assistant issues, enhancing their career goals, and helping them get to know other graduate students in music.

What is next after I graduate?

Advanced Degrees

Consult with your applied teacher or advisor about your suitability and interest in graduate degrees. The Graduate Student Seminar Series will offer extensive guidance in this area as well.

Performing Career

Consult with your applied teacher about performing possibilities in the region and nationally.


Opportunities exist for those with a music education degree and teacher certification to teach in public and private schools. Many graduate students teach private lessons and are involved with programs such as the Wyoming String Academy.

Professional Teaching Associations:

Whom do I contact if I have questions?

Dr. Beth Vanderborgh, Graduate Studies Coordinator
PA 2013 | (336)
Responsible for Graduate Advising, Graduate Assistant Assignments, arranging and promoting the Graduate Student Seminar Series, and coordinating Comprehensive Exams.

Trish Schumacher, Office Associate, Senior
PA 2047 | (307) 766-5222 |
Responsible for payroll, paperwork, and administrative issues.

Dr. Theresa Bogard, Department Chair
PA 2047 | (307) 766-3894 |

Contact Us

Department of Music

University of Wyoming

1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3037

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5242

Fax: (307) 766-5326


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