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Many musicians develop their gift for playing music way before college. Maybe it starts with a piano lesson in first grade, an infatuation with guitar at 12, or playing a melody on a toy flute at 3. Musicians hear music in their head and it comes through in the instrument they play. Over time, dedicated musicians continue to develop their skills and knowledge of music. And it’s this dedication and love for the art that help push musicians to continue their education. If you wish to study music, don’t let the price tag of a college education stop you from pursuing your dreams. Scholarships for music majors can help cover the costs of tuition, books, room and board, fees, and more. Start with this directory of scholarships for music majors, and apply online. For even more scholarships, fill out a free Unigo profile to discover your personalized list of possible awards.

MTNA Composition Competition

This competition for musical compositions is open to U.S. students who are 5-26 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2019. Students must submit an original musical composition in any style.

Total: $3000 Awards:  12
Deadline:  September 11

MTNA Young Artist Performance Competition

This music performance competition is open to U.S. students who are 19-26 years of age as of Jan. 1. Students must enter in one of the following categories: brass (trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba); piano; string (violin, viola, cello, string bass); voice; woodwind (flute, clarient, oboe, bassoon, saxophone).

Total: $3000 Awards:  12
Deadline:  September 11

Jazz Education Network (JEN) Scholarship Program

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who are 14 years of age or older that display an exceptional talent and potential in jazz performance and/or education or industry. Applicants must demonstrate potential for growth, artistic accomplishments, and leadership skills; university students must also demonstrate financial need.

Total: $3000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  September 15

Mario Lanza Institute Scholarship Program

This scholarship competition is open to all students who are 21-28 years of age with a background in the study of vocal music. Students must attend preliminary auditions in Philadelphia, PA, to qualify for prizes.

Total: $2500 Awards:  4
Deadline:  October 05

Spotlight Awards Program

This awards program is open to international and U.S. high school students who reside in the following California counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara, or San Diego. Students must audition in one of the following categories: acting, ballet, non-classical dance, classical voice, non-classical voice, jazz instrumental, classical instrumental.

Total: $5000 Awards:  140
Deadline:  October 15