Obtaining a music education scholarship will help defray the cost of your higher education as you prepare to become a music teacher. You can begin seeking out and getting ready to apply for music education scholarships while you are still in high school. If you don't receive a scholarship award the first time you apply, though, don't be discouraged. Remain upbeat and optimistic, and above all, be persistent. Throughout the time that you are enrolled in college and working toward a degree in music education, you may still be eligible to continue putting in your applications and attempt to bag a financial aid award that is tailored to your specific career. Be on the lookout for newly-created music education scholarship opportunities that may not have existed when you first began your search.
Since those who teach music to others are musicians themselves, scholarships awarded on the basis of musical performance can be an important part of the financial aid puzzle for you as you pursue your dream of becoming a music teacher. Seek out student musical competitions that confer a monetary prize, especially those that are geared toward educational preparation. The more diverse your musical portfolio, the wider the field of opportunity will be for you, both in your pursuit of a scholarship and a college degree, and in your prospects of securing a teaching position after graduation.
Evidence of your involvement in, and commitment to, music education is vital to making yourself stand out among the crowd of scholarship applicants. If a local or collegiate chapter of the National Association for Music Education exist in your area, join it if you can, and become an active participant in its activities. Consider volunteering with an after-school program, daycare center, nursing home or church in your community, sharing your musical gifts with children, seniors and other age groups. In addition to garnering you some valuable hands-on experience in a teaching and helping capacity, this kind of service looks great on a music education scholarship application.