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Music Scholarships

Music programs and degrees come in all shapes and sizes and so do the scholarships that will help you realize your musical dreams. There are general music degree programs as well as programs in areas such as music management, performance and theory and composition. 

In general music degree programs, you'll study music from a number of angles and perspectives. You'll take courses in styles of music such as classical or jazz. You'll also study key concepts such as composing, sight reading and orchestration. This general degree will not prepare you for any specific career in the field of music. However, it will provide you with a broad base of musical knowledge and can also be preparation for graduate school.

With music management you study the business of music and music performance. You'll enroll in courses such as music theory and ear training but you'll also study accounting, marketing and management theory. To pursue this major, you should have strong leadership and critical thinking skills. Also, be prepared for stiff competition when it comes time to job search.

Music performance degree programs train individuals for professional performance careers. Your concentration will be your instrument and you'll also study music theory, history and voice and piano skills. The specifics of your program will depend on your choice of institution, with conservatories differing widely from more traditional 4-year institutions. 

The music theory and composition major often resembles the major of music performance. Here you'll also study music theory, history and performance skills. But the emphasis will be more on composing than performing music. You'll study counterpoint, orchestration, notation and music psychology. These degree programs are offered in a variety of formats and can be quite different. Be certain to explore your program thoroughly when choosing an institution. If you are not interested in a career as performer or composer, you might want to look at another major.

Music is many things; music, after all, is beauty. And if we are to believe the poet Keats, beauty lasts forever. But if you decide to pursue any of these performing arts degrees, be prepared for a long and arduous road. Not only will your job search be competitive but, most likely, your college experience will be also. Then again, if you're talented, smart and patient, these degrees can lead to a satisfying and rewarding career.

Explore the scholarships listed below to find out more.  

Rome Prize Fellowships

In general, all applicants for the Rome Prize fellowships must be citizens of the United States at the time of application. (Permanent Residents or individuals who have been residents in the U.S. for at least three years at time of application may apply for the post-doctoral fellowships in the School of Classical Studies. Please read carefully the specific eligibility requirements provided below.) Undergraduate students are not eligible to apply. Graduate students may apply for predoctoral awards in the School of Classical Studies if they meet the other criteria provided below. Winners of the Rome Prize may hold other fellowships concurrently, as long as the requirements of such fellowships do not conflict with the Academy's fellowship rules. Applicants are required to disclose all fellowships and awards they may hold during their proposed residency in Rome. The Academy may make adjustments to the stipend awarded if substantial additional resources are made available. Rome Prize winners may not hold full-time jobs while at the Academy.

The Glenna Marie Rundell Memorial Scholarship

Preference is given to undergraduate students majoring in music education and students with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship awards may be used to recruit or retain high-ability students. This scholarship may be renewed a total of three times at the discretion of the scholarship committee provided the recipient continues to meet the stated criteria.

Ross Burghardt Scholarship

These performance awards can amount to the equivalent of one-half of tuition and are available in both vocal and instrumental music. However financial need is not a factor when determining a talent award

AGBU - Performing Arts Fellowship (study in all countries except UK)

AGBU offers scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students of Armenian descent worldwide (excluding citizens of Armenia studying in Armenia) who are pursuing studies in the field of performing arts (music, drama, and film). Applicants must be enrolled in full-time degree programs at highly selective conservatories or colleges/universities worldwide (except the UK; please see below for more information) and have a GPA of 3.5 and above as measured by the American grading system scale. Grants are awarded annually in the range of $2,500-$7,500 USD, and applicants may apply for renewal for up to three (3) years toward conservatory/college/university education expenses. Performing Arts students pursuing study in the UK are not eligible for this scholarship; these students should apply for an AGBU Performing Arts Fellowship (study in the UK).

Doris and Clarence Glick Classical Music Scholarship Fund

Established in 1996 through the will of Clarence Glick, a long time teacher at the University of Hawai'i, this scholarship perpetuates the Glicks' love for classical music. Requirements: Major in Music with emphasis on classical music. Be a resident of the State of Hawaii Demonstrate financial need Attend an accredited two or four year college or university as either an undergraduate or graduate student Be a full-time student Maintain a minimum 2.7 GPA

Philharmonic Musicians’ Professional Scholarship Fund

Purpose: The Philharmonic Musicians’ Professional Scholarship Fund aids students who are truly serious about their music and have aspirations for a career in music but need financial assistance in reaching their goals. Selection of recipients will be based on need, talent and the student’s desire to excel as a musician. This program is not intended for beginning-level or collegiate students. Scholarships are awarded specifically for study with Philharmonic Musicians. Philharmonic musicians whose primary source of income is playing with the Philharmonic are eligible to teach in this program. In the event a student is not already studying with a Philharmonic musician, the committee will make every attempt to obtain a Philharmonic musician teacher for the student. Special arrangements can be considered if the Philharmonic does not employ a full-time musician for a particular instrument.Eligibility Requirements & Instructions:• Must be instrumental musician under age of 19• Applicant must complete and return application• Recommendation form from private music instructor/teacher (mailed by teacher)• Call (260) 481-0757 to sign up for an audition time• For the audition, the student must bring three copies of their selected audition music for the adjudicators. You may bring an accompanist if desired, but this is not a requirement.

Ralph R. Travis Music Scholarship

For a deserving music student recommended by the music department who possesses ideals of service, dedication to musicianship, and character.

Edgar Sholund Memorial Scholarship

These performance awards can amount to the equivalent of one-half of tuition and are available in both vocal and instrumental music. However financial need is not a factor when determining a talent award

Dan Gann Scholarship

To a student majoring in Music who show exceptional overall academic potential and are highly recommended by Music Department faculty.

Liberace Foundation Scholarship

These performance awards can amount to the equivalent of one-half of tuition and are available in both vocal and instrumental music. However financial need is not a factor when determining a talent award

Pi Lambda Theta Scholarships

Applications are on-line at www.pilambda.org or call (800) 487-3411 to receive information by mail. Awards vary from $200 to $1,000. A number of categories exist including music, physical education, counseling, psychology, and classroom teaching. Distinguished student scholar awards are also available.

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