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Woods Piano Scholarship

The University offers academic scholarships to incoming freshmen. In addition, the School of Music offers a variety of scholarships awarded on the strength of the audition to both incoming freshmen and transfers. There is no application for these scholarships -- they are awarded on an individual basis by the School of Music with the recommendation of the Piano Faculty based on the strength of the audition.

One scholarship in particular is awarded through the School of Music by special audition and does have an application process: The Woods Piano Scholarship. This scholarship was endowed in 2007 by the estate of Marydale Woods and is open to all incoming freshmen and transfer piano students.

To apply for the Woods Piano Scholarship, the prospective student selects one of the announced audition dates, fills out the Woods Piano Scholarship Application (see the link below) and then submits the application by mail along with a letter of recommendation from the current piano teacher.

The Woods Piano Scholarship Application has been updated.  Please see the link below.

Auditions for the Woods Piano Scholarship take place concurrently with these general scholarship audition dates:

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Saturday, February 9, 2019
If you are planning to audition for the Woods Piano Scholarship, the Woods Scholarship application form is due no later than two weeks before one of the planned audition dates listed above.

Click here to learn more about the Piano Department at Belmont University.

Requirements for the Scholarship

1. University and School of Music acceptance

2.  Woods Scholarship Application

3. Audition in person at Belmont University

4. Interview with the Piano Faculty

Audition Requirements for the Woods Piano Scholarship:

If a Classical pianist:

  • A sonata movement from the standard classical repertory, excluding Beethoven Sonatas Op. 49, no. 1 & 2; Op. 27, no. 2 (1st mvt.); Op. 13 (1st and 2nd mvt.).
  • A Bach Prelude & Fugue from the  Well Tempered Klavier,  excluding  E Minor, Book I.
  • A piece from the Romantic, Impressionistic, or Contemporary periods.

If a Commercial pianist:

  • Two classical selections of contrasting styles, excluding Beethoven Sonatas Op. 49, no. 1 & 2; Op. 27, no. 1 (1st mvt.); Op. 13 (1st and 2nd mvt.).
  • Two commercial selections of contrasting styles(examples of commercial styles include: jazz, latin jazz, rock, blues, country, gospel and pop or jazz ballad). At least one commercial selection should demonstrate improvisational skills.
  • The ability to improvise and knowledge of chord symbols are required of commercial pianists.

Both Classical and Commercial pianists:

  • Must demonstrate knowledge of scales and arpeggios and be able to sight read at a level equivalent of a hymn or chorale.

Woods Scholarship Audition Application

Download Application

After you have downloaded and printed the application form, please fill it out completely and mail to:

Merrydale Woods Scholarship
Belmont University
School of Music
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212-3757

Direct any questions about the Woods Piano Scholarship or the audition/application process  to:

Dr. Daniel Landes, Coordinator
Keyboard Area
Belmont University
School of Music
1900 Belmont Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37212-3757