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FCC Offering Music Scholarships for Students of All Ages

05/04/2018

Frederick Community College is now accepting applications for the Shields Music Scholarship Awards, which provide funding for music lessons to school-aged and college students. Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are due by July 13, 2018.
 
The Shields Music Scholarship Awards provided scholarships to more than 48 students during the 2017-2018 year. These scholarships enabled students to take lessons in piano, woodwinds, brass, strings, percussion, and voice.

Scholarships are provided in four different categories:

  • Experience: Children ages six through 18 who have experience with private music lessons
  • No experience: Children ages six through 14 who have not had experience with private music lessons
  • Developing skills: Children ages six though 15 who have completed one year of musical instruction at FCC
  • College students: Students entering FCC who are majoring in music
“Frederick Community College offers a full range of individual music lessons for elementary through high school students, as well as FCC music majors,” said Shields Music Scholarship Coordinator, Jennifer Rundlett. “By working with our specialized teachers, students can vastly improve their playing abilities and build confidence over the course of the year, improving their likelihood of staying with music and growing into talented musicians.”
 
The awards have been offered annually since 2000 through the George L. Shields Foundation. Lessons are taught by faculty members from the FCC Music Department and are held in the Visual and Performing Arts Center on the main campus.
 
All applications are available here and must be submitted online. For further information, contact Jennifer Rundlett.
Specific scholarship information is below.
 
Experience: For children ages six to 18 with prior or current experience studying privately with a music instructor. Scholarships conferred on students who perform exceptionally during a live audition that includes a maximum of a five-minute piece, or excerpts that best show the student’s abilities. Along with the student statement and a teacher evaluation, judging criteria include technique, tone, intonation, expressiveness, and stage presence. Scholarships in this category cover the cost of 30-minute lessons during the fall semester. Scholarship renewals in the spring semester are determined by teacher recommendation.  Award winners electing to pursue 45-minute or hour-long courses of study may apply their awards toward tuition. Auditions will be held on August 18, 2018.
 
No Experience: For children ages six to 14 who have no prior private musical instruction. Scholarships conferred on deserving students who have never taken private music lessons. Selections in this category will be based on a student statement and teacher evaluation. No audition is required.  Scholarships in this category cover the cost of 30-minute lessons during the fall semester.  Scholarship renewals in the spring semester are determined by teacher recommendation. Award winners electing to pursue 45-minute or hour-long courses of study may apply their awards towards tuition. 
 
Developing Skills: For children ages six to 15 who have completed one year of musical instruction at FCC. Scholarships conferred on deserving students who have successfully completed the fall and spring semesters under the no experience category and who wish to extend their studies on the same instrument for an additional year at FCC. Selections in this category will be based on the student statement, a recommendation of their FCC music teacher, and participation in a FCC solo recital or ensemble performance.  Scholarships in this category cover the cost of 30-minute lessons during the fall semester.  Award winners electing to pursue 45-minute or hour-long courses of study may apply their awards towards tuition.  Scholarship renewals in the spring semester are determined by their FCC teacher recommendation.
 
College Students: For students majoring in music entering FCC. Scholarships conferred on music majors who perform exceptionally during a short, live audition that includes one piece or movement that is no longer than 10 minutes.  Applicants are required to write a short essay describing their career goals and must also submit a copy of their high school transcripts and a teacher recommendation.  The award is $750 for the fall semester. Award renewals for the spring semester are determined by teacher recommendation. Auditions will be held on August 22, 2018.