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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.

Edwin Moyers Music-String Memorial Scholarship

Preference for students majoring in Music with an emphasis in stringed instruments.

Jackson, Janet /Rhythm Nation Scholarship

Eligible Majors: Communications, Art, Music, English, Performing Arts Eligible Schools: Barber-Scotia College, Benedict College, Bennett College for Women, Bethune-Cookman College, Claflin University, Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Edward Waters College, Fisk University, Florida Memorial College, Huston-Tillotson University, Interdenominational Theological Center, Jarvis Christian College, Johnson C. Smith University, Lane College, LeMoyne-Owen College, Livingstone College, Miles College, Morehouse College, Morris College, Oakwood College, Paine College, Paul Quinn College, Philander Smith College, Rust College, Saint Augustines College, Saint Pauls College, Shaw University, Spelman College, Stillman College, Talladega College, Tougaloo College, Tuskegee University, Virginia Union University, Voorhees College, Wilberforce University, Wiley College, Xavier University, Texas College Eligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail: Performing artist Janet Jackson created this scholarship from the proceeds of her Rhythm Nation Tour. Awards are made annually and may be used for tuition costs, room and board, or to repay federal student loans. Donor/Sponsor Name: Janet Jackson

Rich Holley Memorial Music Scholarship

Each year, the program offers up to two scholarships for University of Florida students to pursue music studies. Application form required. Please contact the foundation through letter for more information.

Lucille Felten Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a Music major with financial need.

The Irma Carey-Wilson Music Therapy Scholarship

Award Amount: $275 for further study (paid to approved school of recipient’s choice) Eligibility: College juniors, seniors or graduate students already enrolled in accredited schools approved by the American Music Therapy Association. Requirements: US citizenship; membership in National Federation of Music Clubs; need for financial assistance to pursue this specialized education; personal observation of use of music as therapy in treatment or rehabilitation of patients in hospital or institution employing a music therapist. The scholarship must be used at an educational institution offering the music therapy degree or for a music therapy internship at an education or health facility. Qualifications to be considered:  Well-rounded musical talent, skills, and training, on the applicant’s principal instrument as well as the piano, guitar, and coerce.  Emotional stability, self-reliance, patience, tact, leadership, intelligence, good health, interest in using music to help/aid others, dedication to music therapy as a career.  Demonstration with the music therapy curriculum, and the internship, of growth in the effective application of music and music therapy techniques with client populations.

American Choral Directors Association Scholarship

Eligibility: • Voice major• Member of ACDA student chapter GPA: 3.00

Nancy Vinkemulder Scholarship

This award is for music students.

Clifton Endowed Scholarship Fund

Preference will be given to students studying Music, Education, or Business. A minimum GPA of 2.800 is required. Financial need is considered but not required.

Theodore Mazza Scholarship

Must reside and be enrolled as a high school senior in a city wherein an active chapter of UNICO National is located. Must submit scores on SAT or ACT. Must be recommended to college by secondary school. Must demonstrate financial need. Must be studying architecture, art history, music, studio arts, or theater arts. Child of UNICO member is eligible. Extent to which a candidate has contributed to the life and welfare of school and/or community will be considered in the assessment of merit. Renewable up to 4 years to a maximum of $4,000.

Mary Ellen Niel Scholarship

Eligibility: • Keyboard music major• Public service (describe in Statement of Objectives) GPA: 3.00

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