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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.

Emil and Ruth Beyer Composition Awards Program

This composition competition is open to U.S. citizens who are 20 to 30 years of age as of the application deadline. Entrants must submit an original compositions in one or more of the following categories: piano solo, voice, chamber music (instrumental only).

Total: $4000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  March 01

Music for the Blind Composition Award

This award is open to U.S. students who are 19 to 25 years of age and are legally blind (20/200 or less vision after correction). Students must submit an original music composition.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

NFMC Myrtle Mehan/Hazel Morgan Music Education Scholarship

This scholarship is open to U.S. sophomores who are majoring in music education at a college or university which has a music education department offering a degree in same.

Total: $600 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

NFMC Dorothy Dann Bullock Music Therapy Award

U.S. college sophomores, juniors, and seniors students majoring in music therapy are eligible for this award. Students must be attending a school accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.

Total: $1400 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

NFMC Ernest A. Bluhm Flute Award

This award is open to U.S. students who are 19 to 25 years of age. Students must record themselves performing the required flute repertoire to enter.

Total: $700 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

NFMC/Irma Carey Wilson Music Therapy Award

This award is available for currently enrolled U.S. college sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students. Students must be pursuing a degree in music therapy or interning for music therapy, and must attend a school accredited by the American Music Therapy Association.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

NFMC Oscar Valentin Award

This scholarship is open to U.S. students who are 19 to 25 years of age. Students must submit a recorded performance of themselves playing the violin.

Total: $1000 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

NFMC Ruth B. Robertson Music Therapy Award

This award is for U.S. college junior and senior students only. Students must attend an accredited school approved by the American Music Therapy Association.

Total: $500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

NFMC Virginia Allison Collaborative Award

This award is open to U.S. students who are 19 to 25 years of age as of the application deadline. Students must submit a CD recording of a collaborative vocal or instrumental performance to enter.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  March 01

Iowa Scholarship for the Arts

This scholarship is available for Iowa students who have graduated this year and will be attending an Iowa college. Students must have proven artistic ability in dance, literature, music, theatre, traditional arts, or the visual arts, and major in one of those areas.

Total: $1500 Awards:  5
Deadline:  March 01

Robert C. and Lillian N. DuSoe Scholarship

High school seniors graduating from schools in the Laguna Beach Unified or Santa Ana Unified School District who plan to major in writing or music are eligible for this award. Students must enroll full time and demonstrate financial need.

Total: $4000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  March 15

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 12