Miami Dade College

Kendall Campus

Instrumental and Vocal Performing Arts Scholarship Online Form

Scholarship applications are due by September 25, 2020.


  • To award music students based on academic merit and exceptional performance in their area of study
  • To support continued study in private music lessons and ensemble involvement which supports musical and academic growth, and successful graduation and transfer

Scholarship Requirements

  • Submit a completed application by September 25, 2020 (see online form below)
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA (for current MDC students)
  • Maintain GPA of at least 3.5 in all music classes including:
    • Private music lessons
    • Music Theory and Ear Training
    • Performance Ensembles
    • Class Piano
  • Enroll in a program of study with a pathway to a major in music
  • Register for at least 9 credits for the Fall and Spring semesters (Summer is not included in this scholarship.)
  • Be in good standing with the college
  • Enroll in at least one music ensemble
  • Complete an audition (incoming students only) or submit recommendation from MDC faculty (current students only)

General Information

  • Scholarships will be awarded annually and reevaluated each Spring semester to confirm student's continued eligibility.
  • Disbursements will occur Fall and Spring semesters, provided that the recipient maintains eligibility.
  • Auditions will occur prior to and throughout the first week of classes in the Fall.
  • This award can be used in conjunction with other scholarships and awards with the exception of the American Dream Scholarship.
  • Auditions for incoming students and faculty recommendations for current students will be accepted in the Fall semester.

Music Scholarship Guidelines

Incoming Students
You must apply, and be admitted to the College, complete an audition, and apply for financial aid to be considered for this music scholarship. One of the Faculty Area Leads will then contact you to set up an audition.

The Music Scholarship application and supporting materials are to be submitted prior to the end of the first week of Fall classes. Below is a list of the Faculty Area Leads that you may contact if you need further information.

  • Classical Piano Auditions - Wayne Bumpers,
  • Jazz Auditions (Instrumental and Vocal) - Matt Bonelli,
  • Classical Wind, Brass, Strings, Vocal and Percussion Auditions - Dr. Leo Walz,

If you are unable to visit the campus for an audition, please contact Dr. Leo Walz at to make special arrangements.

Required Materials For All Applicants

  • Music Scholarship application
  • Two letters of recommendation from non-family members supporting your musicianship, character, and scholarship (Please enter the recommender's information on the online application form.)
  • Audition for incoming students
  • Faculty recommendation and/or audition for current MDC students
  • Degree audit or unofficial transcript for current MDC students
  • Class schedule for the applicable semester for current MDC students

Preparation for the Audition

Auditions should include two solos or etudes of contrasting nature (e.g., slow and lyrical, fast and technical). A single extended solo may be sufficient, if contrasting sections are performed.  Works should be performed with accompaniment if possible.

  • Winds/Brass/Strings - Perform three scales of your choice to demonstrate range and tone production. Choose three tunes of contrasting styles and tempos to demonstrate your ability.
  • Vocal - Sing two pieces in contrasting styles, accompanist optional.
  • Percussionists are encouraged to perform on at least two of the three following instruments: timpani, marimba, and snare.

Questions about Classical Auditions? Contact Dr. Leo Walz at

  • Piano - Auditions should include two pieces of contrasting styles from different musical periods. At least one should be memorized.
  • Questions about Piano Auditions? Contact Professor Wayne Bumpers at


  • Rhythm Section – Demonstrate your ability to perform within the rhythm section of a small jazz combo and/or large jazz ensemble. Tune selections should be of contrasting styles and tempos. Improvisation is always welcome and encouraged.
  • Winds/Brass/Strings- Perform three scales of your choice to demonstrate range and tone production. Choose three tunes of contrasting styles and tempos that demonstrate your ability. These tunes can be within a small jazz combo including improvisation or they can be individual parts from your school's jazz ensemble.
  • Vocal - Sing three songs:  two jazz standards, and one other song of your choice of any music genre (classical, jazz, pop, country, classic rock, etc.). Accompaniment by a rhythm section or jazz choir is encouraged but not mandatory.  As always, improvisation is welcome and encouraged.

Questions about Jazz Auditions? Contact Professor Matt Bonelli at