Pre-College courses are meant to prepare students in the Pre-College program and Musical Pathway Fellowship (MPF) for entry into quality collegiate music programs. Prior to class placement, students' abilities will be evaluated via placement exams in music theory and keyboard skills during orientation. Each student will be placed in the class that best matches their ability level.
Music theory explores the underlying structure of music – more than just reading notes on the page, students learn to analyze the composer’s work, leading to enhanced musicianship. Students will learn aural skills, improvisation, keyboard work and composition as part of the coursework.
Pre-College eurhythmics is designed for students ages 12-18 who wish to further their personal musical development. Students:
- Experience rhythm away from instruments through the aural and kinesthetic senses
- Develop a physical connection between pulse and subdivision
- Study meter, common rhythmic patterns, notation and cross rhythms
- Explore interpersonal collaboration and improvisation exercises
Secondary piano study, which consists of a weekly group class in a piano lab setting or a weekly private lesson, focuses on the development of piano technique and musicianship through the study of scales and arpeggios, études, solo repertoire accompaniments, and other fundamentals.
Performance seminars provide students with performance opportunities and serve to develop stage deportment and professional performance skills.