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Music Lesson Scholarships

We all have musically gifted students who simply cannot afford to take private lessons.  KCMEA is proud to sponsor 6-8 private lessons for a number of local students every year.

KCMEA members may nominate up to two of their students for scholarships each year. 


Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 school year are due Tuesday, October 18th by 4 PM.

Send completed applications to Ingrid Borja ( / James Curran Middle School (1116 Lymric Way, Bakersfield, CA 93309) 


Auditions will be held in-person Saturday, October 22nd, AM TBA, at Beardsley Jr. High School (1001 Roberts Ln, Bakersfield, CA 93308).

Scholarship requirements include:

  • The student must be currently performing with a school band, chorus, or orchestra.

  • The student has been a member of the school music program for at least one year.

  • The student has never had the opportunity to study privately due to financial need.

  • The student displays a promising interest and talent and would benefit from private instruction.

  • Verification of financial need is the responsibility of the nominating teacher. Please consider AFDC eligibility, free/reduced lunch, # of children in the family, low income, single parent or other available information. 

  • Scholarship recipients are expected to participate in a school music program for at least one year after receiving scholarship lessons. 

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