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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.

Lois King Thore Music Scholarship

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Music & Dance For undergraduates or graduates who are fully matriculated music majors carrying 12 units with a 3.0 GPA.

Howard L. Still Memorial Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Music. 2. Must be studying vocal music. 3. Must be a full-time, undergraduate student. 4. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Music Department Administrative Coordinator ((562) 985-5331; mailto:dscroggi@csulb.edu; UMC-C306).

Marijane E. and William J. Adams Scholarship Fund

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Music & Dance For declared music majors in all areas of concentration in the Music Department with a 2.5 GPA.

Edwin Mahiai Copp Beamer Scholarship

 Pursuing a career in music, specifically piano and/or voice, with emphasis on Hawaiian music, opera or musical theatre  Demonstrate a serious commitment to music training, a career in music and dedication to artistic excellence  Demonstrate financial need  Submit two letters of recommendation from teachers (piano, voice), counselors or music professionals  One-page essay describing the applicant’s music background/education to-date, including any awards or special recognition  Finalists may be asked to conduct an informal musical performance or provide a video of their performance  Student Aid Report (SAR) from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) General criteria: • Must be a classified undergraduate student • Enrolled in a degree-seeking program, unless specifically noted • Enrolled in a two- or four-year, accredited* college institution in Hawai`i or the continental U.S. • Full-time status, unless specifically noted • Demonstrate interest in Hawaiian language, culture, history • Demonstrate a commitment to contribute to the greater community. *See website for accrediting bodies that are recognized by the Foundation. Applications are open to the general public. However, it is the policy of the Pauahi Foundation to give preference to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry to the extent permitted by law.

Mary Ellen Niel Scholarship

Eligibility: • Keyboard music major• Public service (describe in Statement of Objectives) GPA: 3.00

Phillip S. Ewart Opera Performance Scholarship

Recipient can be a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or transfer student who will participate in the opera theatre program. The student must demonstrate superior talent through an audition process and must have and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship may be renewed at the discretion of the director of the Ball State Opera Theatre.

The ASCAP Foundation Steve Kaplan TV & Film Studies Scholarship

This scholarship, named in memory of Steve Kaplan, award-winning Television and Film composer whose music is featured on Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, provides financial assistance for an aspiring television and film composer to attend ASCAPs Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles. The recipient is selected by ASCAPs Los Angeles Film & Television department. It is generously funded by The Kaplan Family.

Myron L. Tweed and Pauline E. Tweed Endowed Scholarship

Student is to be selected by Chair of the Music department and have a declared church music concentration.

The ASCAP Foundation Louis Dreyfus Warner-Chappell City College Scholarship

Honoring renowned ASCAP members George and Ira Gershwin and named for Louis Dreyfus, co-founder of the U.S. Division of Chappell Music (now part of Warner/Chappell Music), the Gershwins publisher, this scholarship is presented each year to a composition student for a score written for dance, film/video or theater. The student must be enrolled in either the B.A. or B.F.A. program at the City College/City University of New York, Ira Gershwins alma mater.

Russian Orthodox Theological Fund, Inc.

The Russian Orthodox Theological Fund, established in 1955, is a non-profit lay organization assisting the Church in the education of pastors. ROTF provides scholarships to candidates for the priesthood and financial assistance to researchers, authors, and publishers in theology, history, and liturgical music. Scholarship applications must be submitted through a seminary.

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