The Artist Academy sets high expectations for its students. Through private lessons, studio classes, chamber music ensembles, and composition classes, students learn technique, skills, musicianship, and more from professionally trained faculty. Students are provided opportunities to perform in recitals and masterclasses, as well as attend free recitals by Academy instructors, students, and guest artists. We use a specially designed, thorough curriculum that provides students with a solid foundation of music knowledge, and will instill strong social and personal values.
Our philosophy is to develop the whole child through music education. Students will learn all aspects of music-making and will be nurtured into responsible, disciplined, life-long learners. Our specially crafted, leveled course of study is designed to help students develop to professional standards regardless of their initial level of experience. We also strive to level the economic playing field for families. We know that high quality music lessons are costly, so we help to create access for youth who desire to learn music.
Our specially crafted curriculum includes all core concepts necessary for the art of making music. Students not only learn how to play an instrument; they also learn critical, foundational concepts that will help develop their artistry and grow as knowledgeable musicians.
This program is geared for students in first and second grade, with engaging, interactive activities to help young students explore basic concepts of music including pitch, volume, tempo, and rhythm. These ideas will be shared with students in fun, age-appropriate ways. This basic musical knowledge will build the foundation for private lessons on a particular instrument.
The Preparatory Program aims to build the foundation for students to successfully be accepted into the Apprentice Program. Students in the preparatory program will be selected by lottery each year.
Students will be those in grades 3rd through 12th, at the time of application, who are entering with little or no musical background. These students will be selected through an aptitude test that ranks their potential to absorb musical ideas at the pace this class requires. All students admitted in this program will have a weekly schedule that includes: a 30 minute private lesson of their instrument of choice, a 1 hour composition class where they will learn music theory and basic techniques for writing their own music, and a studio class where they put their performance skills into practice.
The Apprentice program aims to build the foundation for students to successfully be accepted in the Developing Artist Program.
Developing Artist Program
This program is designed for students of all ages who are able to pass the placement exam, consisting of a comprehensive theory exam and an audition. These students will have demonstrated an understanding of core musical knowledge, and therefore show that they are ready for advanced private lessons with a member of our faculty. All students admitted in this program will have a weekly schedule that includes: a 45 minute private lesson of their instrument of choice, a 1 hour composition class where they will learn different styles and compositional techniques that will further enhance their understanding to write their own music (occasionally including workshops).
Developing Artist Program applications are currently closed.
Applications are open until July 28
For the Fall 2023 Introduction to Music Skills Class for Grades 1–2
No musical experience is required. Classes met once a week, are 60 minutes long and start in early September and continue through December. Full scholarships are available for accepted Project 88 Preparatory Program students.