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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.

The Rosamund Victoria Adler Scholarship for Lawrence University

Established by Anne & Bette Adler (founders of the MarshfieldArea Community Foundation) in honor of their mother.Eligibility: Preference will be given to female Lawrence university students who are enrolled in the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music. Further preference will be given to students from the Marshfield area or from Wisconsin. Financial need is a requirement. The scholarship is renewable.Application: Contact Sara Holman at the Financial Aid Office ofLawrence University, 920/832-6583.

The NFMC Gretchen E. Van Roy Music Education Scholarship

A college junior majoring in Music Education at a college or university which has a Music Education Department offering a degree in same. Entry Fee: None Award Amount: $1,150 (Funded by the Gretchen E. Van Roy Endowment)

Marv Herzog Music Scholarship Fund

This scholarship, created in honor of Frankenmuth's own Marv Herzog, is available to any student enrolled in a university music program. Scholarship funds are to be applied to tuition.

Philharmonic Musicians Scholarship Program

The Philharmonic Musician’s Professional Scholarship Fund aids students who are serious about their music and have aspirations for a career in music but need financial assistance in reaching their goals. Selection of recipients will be based on need, talent and the student’s desire to excel as a musician. This program is not intended for beginning-level or collegiate students. Scholarships are awarded specifically for student with Philharmonic Musicians. Philharmonic musicians whose primary source of income is playing with the Philharmonic are eligible to teach in this program. In the event a student is not already studying with a Philharmonic musician, the committee will make every attempt to obtain a Philharmonic musician teacher for the student.

Wilbert W. 'Bill' Gasser Scholarship

Eligibility: * Preference will be given to students from Porter or Lake Counties, Indiana, who intend to major in business, chemistry, or music. * Academic achievement, leadership traits, and financial need are required. * The scholarship is renewable for undergraduate study.

Paul Harder Memorial Scholarship

Major: Music GPA: 3.00 Class Level: Incoming freshmen, Continuing or Transferring student

Bernard and Maurine Ehrlich Scholarship

Preference for students majoring in Music.

Beem Foundation for the Advancement of Music

Giving scholarships to African American population group for higher education on music. (Please contact the foundation for more information.)

Fedderman Scholarship

These performance awards can amount to the equivalent of one-half of tuition and are available in both vocal and instrumental music. However financial need is not a factor when determining a talent award

Dennis Coleman Scholarship

For LGBT students studying choral conducting or music with preference given to those committed to creating social change through music.

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