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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.

Bucknell University - Arts Merit Scholarships

Bucknell University offers a limited number of arts merit scholarships to students who demonstrate artistic and academic excellence and who intend to major, minor, or concentrate in the fine and performing arts programs on campus. Scholarships are available in the areas of: * Art and art history * Dance * English – creative writing * Music * Theatre – design and technology or performanceAwards range from $2,500 to $10,000 and are renewable for four years provided that students satisfy department requirements.Candidates who would also like to apply for need-based aid will need to complete the College Scholarship Services (CSS) profile form and submit it to the Office of Financial Aid.

Catherine W. Pierce Scholarship

Catherine W. Pierce scholarship was established to support students who are majoring in disciplines within the Arts and/or History. Mrs. Pierce had a great interest in helping deserving students pursue the fields of Art or History. The award amount is up to $5,000. To be eligible for this scholarship students must: - Be enrolled full-time at a U.S. accredited 4 year institution - Have at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale - Be pursuing a degree in an Art or History discipline (see eligible majors) To complete this application you will need: - To write an essay - To provide an unofficial transcript ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: MINIMUM GPA: 2.5 ETHNICITIES: African American/Black, American Indian - Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, Hispanic American, Caucasian RESIDENCY STATUS: U.S. Citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident COLLEGES / UNIVERSITIES 4-Year Colleges ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATION College Freshman, College Sophomore, College Junior, College Senior, Master's Student MAJORS African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Art, Business, Creative Design, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Culinary, Design, Economics, English, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, History, Hospitality Management, Humanities, Illustration, Industrial Design, International Studies, Journalism, Labor Studies, Mass Media Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Philosophy, Photography/Video, Political Science, Pre-Law, Public Administration, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Relations, Religion, Social Sciences, Social Work, Spanish, Theater Arts/Drama, Theology, TV Production, Urban Planning/Studies, Visual Arts, Vocal Performance, Women's Studies

Nancy Vinkemulder Scholarship

This award is for music students.

Richard & Ethel Koff Memorial Scholarship

For graduating seniors from the Town of Barnstable who intend on furthering their education in the field of music. Total award is disbursed over four years. Giving limited to Barnstable, Duke, and Nantucket counties, MA.

Ball State Young Artists in Music Scholarships

These awards are based on musical quality, leadership potential, and academic promise. Consideration of the School of Music's artistic requirements may be taken into account. At least one recipient shall always be entitled to the Robert Hargreaves Award in recognition of Dr. Hargreaves' years of dedicated and tireless service to the Ball State School of Music and the high musical standards he espoused. Anyone under 25 at the time of application is eligible to apply. Applicants must be eligible for admission to Ball State, and this award may only be used for full-time undergraduate registration in a music major curriculum at Ball State. Awards are made on a year-to-year basis, normally continued for four years; however, recipients are subject to annual review by the director of the School of Music, and renewals are not automatic.

Fort Wayne Philharmonic Friends Scholarship

Purpose: This scholarship provides financial aid to promising elementary and/or secondary orchestral instrument/vocal students who need assistance in meeting the cost of private lessons. Scholarships will be awarded in amounts of $100 or more depending on the need, merit, and number of students applying. A check will be issued upon completion of the lessons following the receipt of: 1) Teacher post-evaluation form indication progress, attitude, etc. 2) Verification form co-signed by teacher and student.Eligibility Requirements & Instructions:• Instrumental applicants must be in grades 1-12 • Vocal students must be at least 13 (Male voices must have changed)• Instruments must be orchestral instruments (includes piano)• Applicant must complete and return application• Recommendation form from private music instructor/teacher (mailed by teacher)

ArtsBridge at CSULB Scholarships

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Art, Dance, Design, Film and Electronic Arts, Music, or Theatre. 2. Must be an undergraduate or graduate. 3. Must demonstrate ability to work with school-aged children. 4. Must demonstrate artistic capability. 5. Must be willing to teach 12 -16 sessions in a K-12 classroom a semester of outstanding academic and artistic merit. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the scholarship coordinator for the College of the Arts, Rosalinda O

Chester C. and Alice E. Crill Endowed Scholarship Fund

Provides scholarships for declared majors in Music.

Mildred Hodgson Scholarship

Award is for harp students only with freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate status.

The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Scholarship

The ASCAP Foundation David Rose Scholarship was established with a gift from The Rose Family Trust to honor television and film-scoring great David Rose. David Roses best-known works include the instrumental standards, Holiday for Strings and The Stripper, music for Bonanza, Little House on the Prairie and decades of work with radio and television star Red Skelton. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a qualified college-level student working toward a career in scoring for film and/or television who is participating in ASCAPs Film & Television Scoring Workshop.

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