Private Music Lessons Scholarship Application 2021

Sponsored by Musicians In Solidarity


The Make Waves Scholarship provides financial assistance for students ages 5-17 in the Portland Metro Area by paying for up to one year of private music lessons (30 min. weekly). We believe that everyone should have access to music lessons with a skilled, engaging teacher and musical role model. Financial need is important for awarding the scholarships, but is not the only criterion: interest, motivation, and level of commitment are all key factors for each applicant. Interpretation services available for the application process upon request.

Make Waves is made possible through a partnership between Musicians In Solidarity and Ethos Music Center. Founded in 1998, Ethos provides group classes, private lessons, summer camps and music outreach programs to over 7,000 youth across Oregon. Ethos has been named one of the top 50 after school arts programs by the President’s Commission for the Arts and Humanities on 8 separate occasions. Ethos’ programs and services reflect the cultural diversity of our community, and do not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.

The teachers and coordinators of the Ethos and Make Waves realize the difficulties of direct instruction during the pandemic and are taking all precautions to secure the safety of students seeking lessons. For this reason, our teachers are offering online instruction only at this time. Each scholarship recipient will be provided with an instrument, if applicable, and a WiFi ready device if needed to ensure access.

This application has four parts:

  1. General Information
  2. Short Essay: A series of questions answered in short answer paragraph format by the applicant
  3. Scholarship Agreement signed by the applicant
  4. Parent/Guardian Only: A statement in short answer paragraph format written and signed by the parent/guardian 

The deadline for submitting applications is January 28th, 2021. Scholarship recipients will begin to be notified by phone or email on January 25th, 2021. All awarded scholarships will be available for lessons starting the week of February 1st, 2021 and ending December 31st, 2021.

General Information

Preferred Contact Method *
Instrument *
Do you require assistance obtaining either of the following?
Length of scholarship term: *

Short Essay

0/300 words

Scholarship Agreement

If awarded this scholarship, I agree to:

  • Keep a practice log
  • Meet weekly practice goals as decided with my teacher
  • Attend my lessons weekly
  • Provide a minimum of 24 hours notice to reschedule my lesson
  • Attend a midpoint review via phone or video conference

I understand that I may forfeit this scholarship if I:

  • Have more than 3 unexcused absences
  • Consistently do not meet my practice goal
Applicant's Signature *

Parent/Guardian Only

0/200 words
By signing below, I acknowledge that all of the information contained in this application is accurate, and that I have read the Scholarship Agreement and agree to support my student in meeting their goals and attendance requirements, if awarded the Make Waves Scholarship. *
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