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Myra Jackson Blair and Gilbert Memorial Senior Scholarship Requirements

MJB quartet

Private Study and Class Responsibilities

  1. In private lessons, the student must maintain a grade of B or better, demonstrating active participation in lessons, regular practice as assigned, punctuality and excellent attendance.
  2. Class enrollment and class participation in Music Theory and Music History classes (two years, beginning in grade 9). Again, a grade of B or better, active class participation, attention to homework preparation and excellent class attendance are expected.
  3. The scholarship coordinator schedules 10 outreach concerts in area retirement homes and other venues annually.  Each scholarship student is required to perform in one concert per semester. Students who live more than 30 miles from Nashville may perform in a retirement home in another town, with the prior approval of Dean Schneller.
  4. All scholarship students are expected to demonstrate attendance at two professional or collegiate concerts per semester – see below for qualifying examples.
  5. Eligible instrument and voice students are expected to participate in the Nashville Youth Orchestra Program or Blair Children’s Chorus Program as appropriate.
  6. Piano students are required to enroll in Collaborative Piano or Chamber Music for a minimum of two semesters as approved by the studio instructor.
  7. The Musicianship class, while optional, is highly valuable, and its tuition is covered by the scholarship.

Scholarship Recital Performance Requirements

  1. All senior scholarship students are to perform a solo on one scholarship recital in the fall semester. This recital serves as the student’s jury. Fall 2019 recital dates are December 10, 12 and 13. In Spring 2020, all graduating seniors will perform on the April 24 Senior Graduation Recital. All MJB students are expected to attend this special recital.
  2. Recital information should be submitted to Dean Schneller by November 15 (fall semester) and April 15 (spring semester). Students should work with their studio teacher and accompanist to select and submit a first and second choice of recital date.
  3. Students are responsible for obtaining their own accompanists for scholarship recitals. See your studio teacher for instructions. Students are encouraged to invite parents, relatives and friends to these recitals. As a courtesy to other performers, all students are expected to stay in the performance hall for the duration of the program. 

Professional Concerts

All scholarship students are expected to attend at least two professional, faculty or collegiate large ensemble concerts. Qualifying examples include: Nashville Symphony; Blair faculty recitals; guest artist performances at Blair; large collegiate ensembles at Blair. To verify attendance, The student must submit to Dean Schneller either a concert program signed by the student and a faculty member at the concert, or a scanned photo of the signed program. This also counts toward the Certificate Program.


Each student will receive a grade in private lessons and classes in which he/she is enrolled.  A grade average of “B” or better must be maintained in each subject.  A student will be put on probation at mid-semester if their grade in classes or lessons is B-minus or worse. At the end of the term, if the grade or grades are not up to the required level, the student may have his/her scholarship rescinded.

Scholarship Renewal

Scholarships are not guaranteed, nor are they renewed automatically. Students must audition every year. The Faculty Audition Committee will decide whether to renew the scholarship based on the student’s progress and audition competition, participation in classes, recital attendance and outreach. 

Additional Opportunities

 Senior Honor Scholars are afforded the opportunity to study Chamber Music and Musicianship if so indicated on their scholarship award letter. These are optional.