Why are music doctoral students getting lower stipends?

Why are music doctoral students getting lower stipends?


norman lebrecht

August 09, 2015

More issues at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music:

An article published on Northwestern University’swebsite details a stipend increase for students enrolled in the University’s Graduate School (TGS) this Fall. A considerable increase, TGS stipends will be raised to $29,000 a year from the current $22,992. While this seems to be good news, this increase will not be extended to the graduate students of the Bienen School of Music. As music students we find this news very disheartening. On average, Bienen School of Music graduate stipends are approximately $6,750, an amount that is in no way substantial enough to cover even the most basic living expenses.

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  • Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    I know nuttin’ bout nuttin’ but it might be helpful to compare the discount rate for graduate students in music versus the graduates students in TGS at Northwestern U. In other words, is the scholarship amount (tuition reduction) for music students the same, less, or more than other graduate students at Bienen. That could have some effect on the stipend.

    Most major US universities offer full tuition scholarship for most doctoral candidates (plus stipend) and many now offer the same benefit to graduate students in a masters program, especially in music, because of Yale, Rice, and other schools with deep pockets.

    Are we comparing apples with apples and oranges with oranges or apples with tubas?

  • Robert Fitzpatrick says:

    Should read: …same, less, or more at Beinen that for other graduate students.