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.
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.
Applicant must be a junior or senior Music major with a 3.0 GPA.
Recipients must have--or in the case of an incoming freshman, anticipate having--full-time status at Ball State. Recipients must be accepted to the School of Music and major in or intend to major in music education and must have as his or her major or minor instrument one of the orchestral strings (violin, viola, cello, or double bass). Recipients must maintain a grade point average of 2.5 or better. The Arthur Hill Scholar must already be a recipient of another School of Music scholarship. Eligible students must prepare written statements that answer questions about their goals as they pertain to string music education. The scholarship is renewable.
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)
• 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.
Available to a student from any major who has auditioned for a Music Scholarship. Recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA in Music courses.
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.
This scholarship, contributed to the University by the CSU Dominguez Hills Jubilee Choir, is awarded annually to a student who is a full-time music major with a specialty in voice. To obtain an application and deadline information, contact Hansonia Caldwell at (310) 243-2463.
This award is given to a Ball State student majoring in music.
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.
Awards scholarships and fellowships to musicians for postgraduate study abroad; also awards grants for projects involving the achievement of a specific objective in the musical field. Application form required. Initial approach: Proposal Copies of proposal: 1 Deadline(s): Dec. 15 Application address: 290 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115
Scholarship of up to $500 for current undergraduate
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.
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