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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.

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.

R.L. Gillette Scholarship

Offered to WOMEN who are legally blind and enrolled in a four-year undergraduate degree program in literature or music. To be eligible, the applicant must be a United States citizen, and submit: 1. Evidence of legal blindness 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance at a college or university 4. Three letters of recommendation 5. A sample performance tape (not to exceed 30 minutes) or a creative writing sample 6. A typewritten statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used.

Music Scholarship

This award is available to women age 35 and older who are U.S. citizens. Applicants must send proof of age and U.S. citizenship (birth certificate, copy of passport page, or voter's registration with driver's license (license alone is not proof of U.S. citizenship).

F. Lammot Belin Arts Scholarship

QUALIFICATIONS In the granting of scholarships, preference shall be given to residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Applicants should reside or have resided in the northeast region of Pennsylvania and be a citizen of the United States. Grants are made without distinction as to race, color, creed, or sex. The applicant need not be a graduate student, nor formally trained in any academic or professional program. The applicant must show that the scholarship will aid them in their development into professional artists. The granting of the award and the amount awarded is a matter of discretion of the Grant Selection Committee. PROCEDURES Applicant must furnish the Selection Committee with proof of exceptional ability in his or her chosen field and give evidence that this chosen field is intended to be his or her life's work. This ability must be demonstrated through a selection process which is initiated by completing an official application form. The application form must be supported by letters of recommendation from recognized artists, experts or judges in the pertinent field. Additionally, the application requires a detailed proposal for the use of the grant including a projected budget. TERMS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP The recipient may use the award only to finance an individual program or proposal which has had prior approval by the Selection Committee and the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House, Inc. The grant, awarded annually, is in the sum of up to $12,000. The proceeds of this grant represent taxable income in accordance with the Internal Revenue Service Code Section I 17, as amended. The grantor will file the necessary reports with the IRS concerning the award. The recipient is required to make two progress reports to the Administrative Chairperson. These reports are then presented to the Board of Trustees of The Waverly Community House. Failure to comply with these reports may result in the termination of the grant. There is no requirement that the award be made if in the judgment of the Selection Committee there is no qualified candidate. TIMETABLE Completed applications and proposals must be in the office of the Waverly Community House, Inc. on or before December 15th of each year. If the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday the applications must be postmarked on or before the 15th. All applicants will be informed within 90 days as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee for a final presentation of their work and for an interview. Each finalist will be notified of their status within one week of the presentations as to whether or not they have qualified as finalists. All finalists must appear in person before the Selection Committee. On or before November 1st, a progress report, including photographs and/or other suitable documentation of the work in progress, must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson. On or before May 1st, a more complete and detailed report must be submitted to the Administrative Chairperson.

Richard & Ethel Koff Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund provides four-year scholarships to graduating seniors from the town of Barnstable intending to further their education in the field of music.

AMCA Music Scholarships

This annual program is open to all qualified and deserving students of music. This year, successful candidates will be awarded scholarships ranging in value from $1,000 to $1,200 each. To be eligible, applicants must be enrolled in undergraduate university/college music programs during the next academic year. Preference is for students specializing in vocal music studies, though students of instrumental music are also eligible. Candidates MUST be sponsored by a member chorus of the Associated Male Choruses of America. Interested candidates are required to complete an AMCA application form, submit it with three letters of reference plus a copy of their most recent transcript of courses/grades. Completed application forms and accompanying documents, including a completed Chorus Sponsorship Form, must be received by the Associated Male Choruses of America Scholarship Chairman no later than March 1st for the following academic year.

AMCA Music Scholarships

An applicant must be a full-time college student in a Bachelor's Degree program. An applicant must be a Music Major (Voice or Choral emphasis receives preference). An applicant must be sponsored by a chorus of the Associated Male Choruses of America. A detailed letter of support must be sent by the member chorus to the Scholarship Chair by the deadline date. Previous scholarship winners who continue to meet the eligibility requirements must reapply each year.

Fine Arts Grants

The Fine Arts Grants are awarded biennially in two categories, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. The next Performing Arts awards will be given in instrumental Music (Stringed instruments only: violin, cello, double bass, harp, and classical guitar) and the next Visual Arts award will be given in Painting (all media). A maximum of one $5,000 first place grant, one $3,000 second place grant, and one $1,000 third place grant may be given in each category, and will be paid over a two year period. Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree and complete the applications in full. Grants are intended for a graduate degree program or an extensive in-depth project which would enable the applicant to grow professionally. Alpha Delta Kappa members are eligible to apply. Applicants shall not have received an International scholarship or grant from Alpha Delta Kappa within the past two years. Previous first place winners are ineligible.

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.

The YMF/ASCAP Foundation Leiber & Stoller Music Scholarship

Applicants must be residents of Southern California. If an applicant is not a U.S. citizen and is under age 18, the applicant's parents MUST live in Southern California. Open to graduating high school seniors only. One winner will receive $2,500 per academic year ($10,000 over four years) in tuition support to their college of choice, beginning in Fall. All applicants must be: Either vocalists, pianists, or orchestral instrumentalists Completing their senior year of high school during academic year Already accepted/enrolled into either a music conservatory OR a leading collegiate music program Planning to pursue a major in music See website for more information.

McDonald's GospelFest Music Scholarships

Students from the Tri-State area who plan to major in music are eligible for an award of $1,000 or one $5,000 award ($2,500 per year over 2 years).

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