Scholarships are a vehicle and an incentive for improvement
Audition Preparation provides one clue as to who will
meet or exceed expectations
it's not just the music or musical background, it's Leadership, Effort, and Attitude
Definition of Scholarship:
from study and research in a particular field.”
A music scholarship
should provide you the means of improving your personal knowledge
and skill. The money
awarded should allow you to take some private lessons or perhaps not
take that job so you have the time to practice your voice or
scholarship award, therefore, means that you are recognized as
having the potential for improvement – NOT that you are already
where you ought to be.
In the early years,
if a student showed enough interest to prepare a piece, that was
good enough. Not any more. Now the quality of performance and
difficulty level of the music matters.
level of difficulty, content of the piece and how well-suited it is
to the voice or instrument.
The faculty will
attempt to determine the effort that went into preparing for the
audition. They also
attempt to determine whether your preparation is an indicator of
what kind of scholarship student you will be.
Your past effort, attitude, and
performance in SDSM&T ensembles will also be a factor in making
awards. Expect those faculty who are NOT your ensemle
instructor to be checking on your attendance, attitude, and
participation in the ensembles.
Leadership has been described as a process in which one person
enlists the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a
common task. No matter how good an individual musician is, he/she
cannot perform in an ensemble alone. It requires others to have a
good experience. And the better those others are, the better the
you want a music scholarship solely for the money, you need to ask
yourself some questions.
the welfare of the music program come before your personal
Are you capable
of making those around you better?
understand the difference between being a leader and setting a
commitment disappear after the scholarship year is over?
What kind of
music program would you like to see at SDSM&T?
Making the SDSM&T music program stronger requires student leaders who
are better than average musicians, but also who want great musical
challenges and experiences for themselves and for those around them.
A scholarship is an investment by the Music program. It is a job. You get
paid for this; prepaid, in fact, for performance and accomplishment
of the goals you and your director set.