Music Scholars Award (Prospective Students Only)

At the recommendation of the Music Department, the College offers Music Scholars Awards to admitted students who are poised to make an impact to the program through their musical talents and passion. The Music Scholars Award covers the yearly cost of private studio lessons in one instrument (up to $1,500 annually or $6000 over four years). These awards are announced at the time of your formal admission to Dickinson.

Award recipients are not required to major in music, but they must meet certain standards while in residence. All award recipients must: a) participate fully in a faculty-led music department ensemble, and b) enroll in performance studies lessons or an academic music course each semester.

To be considered for these awards, prospective students must submit supplemental material via Slideroom (which can be found through the Common Application). The department accepts materials related to performance, composition, and academic work in music history, theory, or ethnomusicology. Guidelines for submission materials must be followed and deadlines met in order to assure your application will be reviewed.

Students who receive a Music Scholars Award will be invited to attend a selective “Music Institute” in April. During this institute, you and your family are invited to engage fully in the life of the department, meet our faculty, attend classes on campus, and socialize with other admitted and current music students. Opportunities to participate in ensembles and group studio classes may also be offered.

All faculty assessments are confidential and communicated directly to Dickinson’s Office of Admissions for consideration with your entire application to Dickinson. The Office of Admissions makes all final decisions with regard to acceptance to the college and financial awards.