Creating Opportunities for Music and Dance Students Throughout Orange County

OC Music & Dance was founded on the principle that every child should have access to an arts education regardless of their ability to afford it. Giving every child the opportunity to learn music and dance, no matter the financial circumstance, is our greatest joy.

OC Music & Dance offers two types of scholarships:

Title One Scholarships


Under this program, students must meet California’s eligibility requirement for free or reduced-cost breakfast or lunch (sometimes called “Title One”). Students eligible for this benefit must provide a letter from their schools confirming qualification. Parents are responsible for the balance of the tuition.

Discretionary Scholarships


Under this program, criteria are based on the family’s overall ability to pay tuition and related school expenses. If the parent can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of OCMD, an inability to pay some of their tuition, OCMD has the discretion to provide any part of the tuition that it determines would be reasonable and appropriate. OCMD requires a personal interview with the parent and student before making a final decision.

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What are the age requirements for scholarships? Can adult students receive scholarships?

All scholarships are awarded to students under age 18. Students who turn 18 during their high school year may continue the scholarship through the completion of high school.

For what length of time is a scholarship awarded?

All scholarships awarded are for the current academic year (from September to September).

Can students receive scholarships for private lessons?

Yes! Scholarships for private lessons may be awarded for up to 90% of the private lesson tuition price, for up to one hour of lessons per week, but no less than $4.00 per lesson.

Can students receive scholarship for group classes?

Scholarships for group classes may be awarded for up to 50% of the group class tuition price, for up to one class per week, but no less than $5.00 per class.

Can students receive private lesson scholarships and group class scholarships at the same time?

Private lessons and group classes may not receive simultaneous scholarships, unless it is in the case of an enrichment class where the student was invited by their instructor to participate.

I am interested in enrolling my child in an Enrichment Class. Are these classes a part of the OC Music and Dance Scholarship Program?

There are 3 ways to receive a scholarship for Enrichment Classes:

1. Current OCMD scholarship students who participate in enrichment classes like Music Skills, Ensemble Groups, Conditioning Class and Jazz 360° are eligible for an additional scholarship for up to 50% of the enrichment class tuition price, but no less than $5.00 per class.

2. Students who are enrolled at OCMD but do not currently have a scholarship may also apply for a scholarship to cover enrichment classes. This may cover up to 50% of the enrichment class tuition price, but no less than $5.00 per class.

3. Students not currently enrolled at OCMD may apply for a scholarship for up to 50% of the enrichment class tuition price, but no less than $5.00 per class.

How to Apply for an OC Music & Dance Scholarship

  1. Complete a Scholarship Application.
  2. If you are applying for a Title One Scholarship, include a letter from your child’s school designating them as a Title One student.
  3. Discretionary Scholarship applicants will be contacted to set up an interview.
  4. A member of our staff will reach out to you personally via email or phone to inform you of the scholarship application status.
  5. Recipients must renew their scholarship at the beginning of each school year (August/September) by reapplying.

Terms and Conditions

Students may forfeit their scholarship due to excessive unexcused absences, cancellations made less than 24 hours prior to scheduled classes, and/or frequent missed tuition payments.

OC Music and Dance reserves the right to reassess and change the scholarship policy and scholarship award amounts at any time. Should your scholarship be affected you will be notified before the next billing period.