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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.

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

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

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

Bill Bendiner and Doug Morgenson Scholarship

This award is available for students who are U.S. citizens pursuing a career in human services, health sciences or visual arts. Eligible applicants must have been living in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, or Alaska for at least one year. Preference is given to self-identified LGBT students, members of LGBT families, and straight allies who have been supportive of the LGBT community.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 11

Bill McKnight Legacy Scholarship

This scholarship is available for LGBT students and straight allies who are studying art or humanities at an accredited college or university in the U.S. Preference is given to students residing in Kitsap County or Bainbridge Island in Washington State.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 11

Dennis Coleman Choral Conducting Scholarship

This award is available for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) students studying choral conducting with preference given to those committed to creating social change through music.

Total: $4160 Awards:  1
Deadline:  January 11

Gregori Jakovina Endowment Scholarship

This award is for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender (GLBT), or students who are children of GLBT parents. The student must be a resident of Oregon or Clark County, Washington and must be accepted to a postsecondary program in the arts.

Total: $500 Awards:  2
Deadline:  January 11