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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.

Uttamial Shah Memorial Scholarship

This award is given to a Ball State student majoring in music.

Randy Pausch Scholarship Fund

The Randy Pausch Scholarship was established by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences in 2008 to honor the memory of Computer Science Professor and Co-Founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University, Dr. Randy Pausch. This scholarship has been established to support students who are pursuing careers specializing in the development of interactive entertainment. Possible career paths for Randy Pausch applicants include (but are not limited to) art, animation, programming, engineering, game direction, game design, sound design, and music composition.

The ASCAP Foundation Cherry Lane Foundation/Music Alive! Scholarship in honor of Quincy Jones

The ASCAP Foundation Cherry Lane Foundation/Music Alive! Scholarship in honor of Quincy Jones is funded by the Cherry Lane Music Foundation. This scholarship is presented annually to an African-American college or university student majoring in music who demonstrates musical talent and proficiency in the areas where Quincy has made his mark: composing, arranging, producing, conducting and performing. The scholarship will alternate between Berklee, Howard University in Washington, DC; Morehouse and Spelman Colleges in Atlanta; the University of New Orleans in New Orleans and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP – VOICE Dorchester Woman’s Club

Scholarship of up to $500 for current undergraduate QUALIFICATIONS: Massachusetts resident who is an undergraduate currently enrolled in a four-year accredited college, university, or school of music, majoring in voice. - Completed application postmarked no later than the set deadline (check website). - Personal statement of no more than 500 words addressing personal and professional goals, experience and repertoire (if applicable). - Letter of recommendation from college department head, major professor or voice instructor.

American Choral Directors Association Scholarship

Eligibility: • Voice major• Member of ACDA student chapter GPA: 3.00

AGBU - Performing Arts Fellowship (study in 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 in the United Kingdom 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 up to £3,000 GBP, and applicants may apply for renewal for up to three (3) years toward conservatory/college/university education expenses. Performing Arts students pursuing study outside of the UK are not eligible for this scholarship; these students should apply for an AGBU Performing Arts Fellowship (study in all countries except the UK).

Chicago Musical Arts Club Scholarship

Description: The Chicago Musical Arts Club Fund provides a scholarship each year to a student or students nominated in alternating years by the Merit Music School and the Chicago Academy for the Arts. Eligibility: Students at Merit Music School or the Chicago Academy for the Arts.

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

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies

The awards are highly competitive. Any college senior who expects a degree or any college graduate who is a citizen or permanent resident in the United States may apply, as long as he or she is not and has not been enrolled in any graduate program leading to a Ph.D. degree. Applicants must be applying to a program leading to the Ph.D in a humanistic field. Eligible fields of study include: art history, classics, comparative literature, critical theory, cultural anthropology, cultural studies, English literature, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, foreign language & literature, history, history & philosophy of mathematics, history & philosophy of science, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, cultural linguistics, music history & theory, philosophy, political philosophy, political theory, religion, rhetoric, women's studies. Minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Previously unsuccessful fellowship candidates may reapply. The prime objective of the Mellon Fellowships is to identify and encourage persons who are committed to teaching and have a broad vision of learning. High grade-point averages and high GRE scores are important but not the only measures of the excellence sought. Outstanding future promise, as attested to by faculty members, will be considered critical. The statement of interest in the field will also be read with great care, and candidates will be will advised to spend the time necessary to explain in this document their intellectual interests, hopes, and plans for the future. A writing sample of no more than seven pages is required. THE AWARDS: Eighty-five entry-level, one-year, portable merit fellowships will be awarded in the competition. Students should note that fellowships are for the first year of a Ph.D. program only and should plan to seek support elsewhere for subsequent years. Graduate schools are aware of the situation and can be expected to consider university support in the second and following years for those Mellon Fellows who have done well. Winners of Mellon Fellowships may take their awards to any accredited graduate school of arts and sciences in the United States and Canada. Each candidate is expected to apply to graduate school, in accordance with normal procedures, for admission to a program leading not only to the M.A. but also to the Ph.D. degree. Payment of the stipend will be made in two installments, the first in September, the second in January. Mellon Fellows are expected to carry a full course load. They may not accept supplementary awards or teaching assistantships during the nine-month academic year of the fellowship.

Holtzinger Memorial Scholarship

Eligibility: 1. A major in Piano or Music Education with piano emphasis. 2. At least sophomore standing. 3. Have a 3.5 GPA (music subjects only). 4. Financial need.

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