General Information 1.11 - 1.13

1.11.            Scholarships

The School of Music & Dance offers Music Scholarships ranging in length from two semesters to eight semesters. Music Scholarships are awarded on the basis of performance skill. Scholarship auditions for new students are scheduled three times during the academic year (call the School office for specific dates). 

Preparing for the Scholarship Audition

Live Auditions: Prepare approximately five minutes of music of varying styles demonstrating your present level of achievement on your instrument or voice. Upon request, a professional accompanist will be available to assist you during your program. 

Recorded Auditions: If you are unable to audition in person, please prepare a high quality DVD recording of a solo performance following the guidelines listed for live auditions. Do not edit a single performance if you include multiple pieces. Mark your recording with your name and the title(s) of the music you are performing. Materials must be received by February 15 to be considered. Mail all materials o the school of Music and Dance. Taped auditions must be received by March 15th. Mail all materials to the School of Music & Dance. 

Letters of Recommendation for Scholarships

Request letters of recommendation from two people who know your musical, leadership, and/or personal skills. On the application form, provide the names, addresses and phone number of these individuals should the committee wish to contact your references. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that reference letters are sent. 

All Scholarship Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Must maintain a “B,” (3.0) or higher, grade point average in music and a “C+” (2.5) overall grade point average.
  • Must enroll as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 units.
  • Must declare a major in music with an appropriate course of study as approved by the Music Faculty.
  • Must receive instruction in a major applied area with a member of the SJSU Music Faculty each semester that the scholarship is awarded.
  • Must participate in assigned performance ensembles.
  • Must maintain satisfactory performance in studio lessons and the required ensemble(s).
  • Any change in applied study must meet with the approval of the School of Music & Dance Scholarship Committee. 

Marching Band Stipends

Perform with the Spartan Marching Band. Band stipends are $350 for musicians and $650 for the Drum Major. All members of the Spartan Marching Band receive priority registration at SJSU. See the director of the Spartan Marching Band for more information (Music 108). 

1.12.            Employment Opportunities

Work Study

Depending upon availability of legislative funding, and where there is appropriately demonstrated student need, Work Study Grants are made available for up to twenty hours per week. The hourly wage scale currently is $8.00 per hour for first-year appointment. Please check with the Financial Aid Office for further details. 

Student Assistantships

Depending upon availability of legislative funding, Student Assistantships are available for up to twenty hours per week. The hourly wage scale currently begins at $8.00 per hour for first year appointments. Check with the school office for further information. 

Current Student Assistant Positions (Subject to change pending funding)

  • Recruitment Coordinator (instrumental) (1)
  • Recruitment Coordinator (vocal/choral) (1)
  • Concert Manager (10)
  • Office Assistants (2)
  • Music Library Assistant (2)
  • Readers for GE classes (2-3)
  • Tutors for Systems/Theory and Music History (2-4) 

Music Education Assistantships

There are several assistantships available to music education majors. Ten upper-division, graduate, and credential students receive $5000 each year to work 8-10 hours ($15+ per hour) each week in low socio-economic public schools surrounding the university. Another assistantship exists for a graduate student to help administer the program. All recipients must be members of the SJSU MENC Collegiate Chapter (see Student Organizations, 9.2) Students interested in these assistantships should contact the Music Education Coordinator. 

1.13.            Student Leaves of Absence

If a music major is absent from San Jose State for two consecutive semesters, they must re-audition for admission into the music program.