The Pre-College curriculum is meant to prepare students in the Pre-College program and Musical Pathway Fellowship (MPF) to find success in quality collegiate music programs. Prior to class placement in academic courses (music theory, eurhythmics and secondary piano), 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.
Pre-College students are expected to take at least 16 private lessons (or 16 total hours of private instruction) per semester with their assigned faculty member(s).
Mock auditions and juries are essential examinations and learning components to the Pre-College program that evaluate progress, help determine success in the program and ensure students are meeting performance standards. Every student plays before a panel of professional classical musicians and educators at one jury each semester (Fall and Spring semesters).
Essential to the success of every instructional program is the communication of goals, standards and evaluation tools. Biannual advisement meetings establish individual goals, review progress and address any concerns of the student, parent, faculty or staff.
For students in grades 10-12, advisement meetings will review repertoire required for conservatory or music school auditions. A parent, student, private teacher or program manager may request additional advisement meetings at any time.
Performance seminars provide students with performance opportunities and serve to develop stage deportment and professional performance skills.
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.