Preparatory Division Curriculum

Students in the Preparatory Division participate in a well-rounded program of music study that includes private lessons of age-appropriate length in Piano, Voice, Flute, Clarinet, Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, or Double Bass; matched with Musicianship Class, in which elements of music theory and ear training are taught with an emphasis on Composition.  Students also have multiple recital performance opportunities each semester, which are open to family and friends.

The Preparatory Division provides its students with many advantages, including an expert and nurturing faculty, as well as access to concerts and master classes presented by the Conservatory free of charge.         APPLY NOW


Music and Movement Class

Ages 2-3 years oldAges 4-6 years oldMusic and Movement classes are based on the pedagogical theories of Orff, Kodaly, and Dalcroze. Students explore musical elements through movement, folk songs, games, and other hands-on activities.

Musicianship Class

In this class, students learn the fundamentals of music theory (clefs, intervals, scales, chords, etc.) and develop aural skills (singing with solfege, ear training, etc.) through composing and performing.


Chorus is for all children to sing and make music together!  No singing experience is necessary and students will not be required to sing solo.  Students explore the fundamentals of singing including proper posture, breathing techniques, intonation, and phrasing.  Repertoire will include simple choral pieces in unison and with harmony. 

The joy of singing is what this class is all about!

Vocal Ensemble

In this class we will work on vocal performance topics while learning and performing small ensembles (mainly duets and trios) from classical and musical theatre repertoire. This class is specially targeted to voice students, since it will deal with the challenges and creative opportunities that arise while singing in harmony and performing along other singers.

Chamber Music Class

Students are grouped according to age and level and are coached by the faculty. Students learn the skills of ensemble performance and explore the roles of other instruments. This class is for intermediate to advanced students. Students must receive permission from the faculty in order to enroll.

Private Lessons

We offer private lessons to students of all levels and ages. The one-to-one instruction by our expert faculty is one of the most important components of our program. Private lessons are matched with Musicianship Class, and must be taken together.

Group Lessons in Violin, Guitar

Ideal for beginner students ages five to eight, this class offers an introduction to violin, guitar. Students work in a supportive, nurturing environment with our expert faculty and explore the basics of their instruments. This class is recommended to take as a companion class to the private lessons. However, you must be enrolled in Musicianship or Music and Movement classes in order to take this class.

Private Composition Lessons

Prerequisites: Ability to read and write musical notation fluently. (For more advanced students.)
Description: Students enrolled in private composition lessons may work on whatever kinds of projects are of most interest to them.

Composition Class

Prerequisites: Ability to read and write musical notation fluently.
Description: This class will provide students with an opportunity to write music for themselves and others to play, to improvise on and think creatively with their instruments, and to apply concepts and skills from their private lessons and Musicianship class.

Recital Opportunities

Students have two formal recitals per semester at Olin Hall or the Performance Space at the László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building. 

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