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Music Scholarship or Work Study?

Many times music scholarships really aren't a scholarship at all.  They are really more like a WORK STUDY PROGRAM.


Music scholarships many require many hours invested in practicing and accompanying.  Students may spend hours playing music they don't like to accompany other musicians and singers.  This level of commitment may be required by a music scholarship.  A music scholarship may have relatively low monetary value, and may represent a work study program earning far below minimum wage.  If a college offers a large tuition waivers (full ride or full tuition) the music scholarships may not be worth it at all.

My son Alex loves playing the piano.  However, he didn't consider a piano major or minor, or scholarship.  He wanted to go into political science and take piano for fun.  He thought about a music scholarship, but at our university these scholarships were more like "work study".  The $3000 scholarship required about 10 hours per week, all year long.  That is a remarkably rotten hourly rate!  He took piano for fun every quarter while he was in school.

If you are thinking about a music scholarship, make sure you take a tour of the campus.  My son chose our university, in part, because it had a grand piano in every dorm and almost every building.  Music students need to spend some time looking at the music labs.  If you had a science major you would focus on the science labs, and these are just like a science lab that you have to look for and evaluate.  Even when using it "just for fun" those pianos can be important to kids!



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Guest - Lois on Friday, 18 March 2011 08:27

Lee-
I was a music major, and I tried to get as many music scholarships that I could. In band, there were many non-music majors who received a scholarship just for playing in band. It was a nice study break for them, and helped augment our small ensemble. I auditioned for some scholarships, and others were for academic success. I will admit, people don't pursue music for the money. Lesson costs are in addition to regular tuition usually, but since I'm taking lessons anyway, a scholarship will off-set that expense. I'm not sure about every place, but usually the musician pays his accompanist, and some places has a staff accompanist available. But, your post offers some interesting considerations!

Lee- I was a music major, and I tried to get as many music scholarships that I could. In band, there were many non-music majors who received a scholarship just for playing in band. It was a nice study break for them, and helped augment our small ensemble. I auditioned for some scholarships, and others were for academic success. I will admit, people don't pursue music for the money. Lesson costs are in addition to regular tuition usually, but since I'm taking lessons anyway, a scholarship will off-set that expense. I'm not sure about every place, but usually the musician pays his accompanist, and some places has a staff accompanist available. But, your post offers some interesting considerations!
Guest - Lee (website) on Friday, 18 March 2011 07:59

Hi Ann!

Check to see how much practice/playing time is required, then do the math to see if it is a good investment of his time. Sometimes ANY money is worth it, other times not - depending on how much work is involved.

See you later!
Blessings,
Lee

Hi Ann! Check to see how much practice/playing time is required, then do the math to see if it is a good investment of his time. Sometimes ANY money is worth it, other times not - depending on how much work is involved. See you later! Blessings, Lee
Guest - Ann on Friday, 18 March 2011 07:15

hi Lee--
Is a performance grant the same thing?

hi Lee-- Is a performance grant the same thing?
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