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Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

You could win a merit scholarship for private lessons, Suzuki lessons, Rock & Pop Academy, or J@MS! Open to students of all ages.

Merit scholarship auditions are open to current students of The Music Settlement's Center for Music. Students interested in receiving a scholarship must complete an audition. All merit awards will be put toward tuition for the upcoming school year.  Scroll down to download the current application.

For more information about Suzuki scholarship auditions, click here.

Community merit scholarship auditions will be held in the summer. More information will be posted in the spring.


Now Accepting Applications for the 2022 - 2023 School Year

Current students may download their application on this page or pick up a copy at our Enrollment & Customer Service office. All applications must be received no later than February 28, 2022.


At this time, all auditions will be held in-person at our University Circle campus, following our current COVID-19 protocols. Virtual students may audition by submitting an audition video. Any other students interested in auditioning by video must email their request. See application for more details.

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2022 - 2023 Audition Dates

  • Brass & Winds -- Thursday, March 10, 2022 from 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm (UC Campus, Glick Recital Hall)

  • Piano -- Friday, March 11, 2022 from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm (UC Campus, Glick Recital Hall)

  • Voice -- Friday, March 18, 2022 from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm (UC Campus, Glick Recital Hall)

  • J@MS Program -- Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm (UC Campus)

  • Percussion/Rock & Pop Academy -- Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm (UC Campus, Percussion Garage)

  • Strings -- Saturday, April 2, 2022 from 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (UC Campus, Glick Recital Hall)

  • Overflow -- Thurday, April 7, 2022 from 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm (UC Campus, Glick Recital Hall)

  • Composition -- Scores must be submitted by March 31, 2022.

2022 - 2023 Auditions Requirements by Department

  • Brass & Winds (Intermediate and up) -- Two contrasting solos. Etudes/technical pieces accepted. Memorization optional. Grades 6 - 8: major scales up to 4 accidentals, one minor scale. High school and up: all major scales, one minor scale.

  • Composition (Intermediate and up) -- Audition by submission of two original works that demonstrate creativity and skill level in melodic invention, harmonic and rhythmic interest, and formal structure. Printed score and hand notated sample must be submitted if work is presented electronically.

  • Guitar (Intermediate and up) -- Two contrasting solos, memorization required. Two major scales, one minor scale, two octaves.

  • Harp (Intermediate and up) -- Two contrasting solos, memorization optional. Etude, appropriate to skill level. Arpeggios optional.

  • J@MS Program (Intermediate and up) -- Perform a blues melody and improve over blues changes. Four major scales and four blues scales in cycle order: C-F-Bb-Eb.

  • Percussion (Intermediate and up) -- Snare drum rudiments, open/closed rolls, prepared snare drum solo, drum set (if studied). Optional: if studied -- mallet scales and solo, timpani tuning and solo.

  • Piano (Advanced Beginner and up) -- Two contrasting solos. Memorization required. No "method book" solos. No duets except for concerto movements. Three scales (your choice, major/minor). Arpeggios optional.

  • Rock & Pop Academy (Intermediate and up) -- All: Perform one song; ear training (intervals, major/minor chords). Instrumentalists: Play major/minor chords and arpeggios, major/minor/blues scales. Drummers: Demonstrate ability to play a variety of grooves. Vocalists: Demonstrate the ability to harmonize a melody.

  • Strings (Intermediate and up) -- Two contrasting solos, memorization optional. Etude, appropriate to skill level. Major scales up to three accidentals, one minor scale. Elementary/Middle school students: 2 - 3 octaves memorized. High school and up: 3 octaves memorized. (Harp students, see harp.)

  • Voice (Intermediate and up) -- Two contrasting solos. Memorization required (except for oratorio arias).

Application Deadline:
February 28, 2022

Merit Scholarship Application


Suzuki Department Merit Auditions

For information about merit scholarship auditions for The Music Settlement's Suzuki Department, please visit our Current Suzuki Students page.

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