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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 12

MTNA Junior Performance Competition

This music performance competition is open to U.S. students who are 11-14 years of age as Jan. 1, 2019. The competition categories are piano, string (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and woodwind (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone).

Total: $1000 Awards:  13
Deadline:  September 12

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, 2019. 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 12

MTNA Senior Performance Competition

This music performance competition is open to U.S. students who are 15-18 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2019; one entrant in each piano duo may be 11-18 years of age. The categories for entry in the competition are: brass (trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba); solo piano; piano duet (one piano/four hands); string (violin, viola, cello, string bass); voice; and woodwind (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone).

Total: $2000 Awards:  17
Deadline:  September 12

MTNA Chamber Music Performance Competition

This music ensemble competition performance is open to U.S. students who are 18-26 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2019. Ensembles may consist of the following instruments in any combination: brass (trumpet, horn, euphonium, trombone, tuba), piano, string (violin, viola, cello, string bass), voice (maximum of two vocalists in an ensemble with instruments), and woodwind (flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone).

Total: $3000 Awards:  6
Deadline:  September 12

UNF Miyuki and Herbert Scheidel Classical Music Scholarship

This award is available for U.S. high school seniors who are planning to attend the University of North Florida. Students must pursue a degree in classical music and meet the UNF Department of Music's entrance requirements. Students may qualify for this award based on academic merit or financial need.

Total: $5000 Awards:  3
Deadline:  October 15

UNF Gray Scholarship

This award is available to U.S students who are planning to attend the University of North Florida as freshmen and major in a field within the College of Arts & Sciences. Students must have a UNF recalculated grade point average of 3.6 or higher and a SAT score of 1360 or higher or an ACT score of 28 or higher.

Total: $4000 Awards:  15
Deadline:  October 15

Marine Band Concerto Competition

This music competition is open to U.S. citizens in grades 9-12. Students must play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument.

Total: $2500 Awards:  1
Deadline:  November 15

Grady-Rayam Prize in Sacred Music Competition - Upper Division

This vocal competition is open to U.S. college juniors and seniors who are enrolled and matriculating full time at a college or university in the continental United States. Entrants selected for the competition must perform two songs in the Negro spiritual genre; there are separate competitions for male and female vocalists.

Total: $3000 Awards:  2
Deadline:  November 17

DePaul University Music Performance Scholarship

U.S. graduating high school seniors who plan to attend the DePaul University School of Music are considered for this award upon completing an audition for admissions.

Total: $16000 Awards:  4
Deadline:  December 01

UR Richmond Scholars Program - Artist Scholars

This scholarship is available for U.S. and international high school seniors who plan to attend the University of Richmond. Students must display extraordinary artistic talent and plan to major or minor in the visual or performing arts.

Total: $50000 Awards:  6
Deadline:  December 01

University of Maine Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship

This scholarship is available for high school seniors who will graduate from a state-approved Maine high school and plan to attend the University of Maine at Orono.

Total: $3000 Awards:  10
Deadline:  December 01