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.

William E. Shemberger Music Scholarship

Scholarship for a Plymouth High School Senior majoring in music.

Glenn Miller Birthplace Society Scholarships

Application Requirements/Description:Scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors or first year college students who intend to make music a central part of their future life. Those who have entered as high school seniors are eligible to compete again as college freshmen, unless they have been previous first place winners.APPLICANTS must submit a clear high-quality audio CD or cassette tape to the Scholarship Committee.

Janet Monroe Wendschlag and Bryan John Wendschlag Memorial Scholarship Fund

In their memory the family has established a scholarship to be awarded to a junior or senior student pursuing an art, music or elementary education degree. The student must be a North Dakota resident and a graduate of a North Dakota high school.

The Joseph T. and Suzanne E. Naumcheff Music Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to junior or senior students majoring in music. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. The scholarship may be renewed at the discretion of the selection committee.

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.

Hugh and Mabelle Scott Memorial Music Scholarship

This award offers a scholarship of up to $1,000 for those who plan to major in the field of Music. Awards are based upon the pool of qualified applicants. Requirements: Pursue a degree and career in the field of music.

Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Musicians

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

Betty Barbour Dexter Memorial Scholarship

Humanities & the Arts - Music & Dance New or transferring music majors in cello, with 12 units, maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

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.

Other Majors Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the Other Majors Application

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