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Departments of the Preparatory join faculty and students together along parallel programs of study.

Brass

The age at which a student may begin studying a brass instrument is dependent upon the child's physical size and stamina. The department chair, Elijah Wirth, would be happy to answer any questions about the appropriate starting age for these instruments.

Chamber Music

Chamber music—small ensembles performing with one person to a part and without a conductor—comprises some of the most challenging, rewarding, and memorable musical experiences a student will have.

Peabody Children's Chorus

The Peabody Children's Chorus, founded in 1989, is dedicated to providing age-appropriate vocal training for girls, and boys with unchanged voices.

Peabody Community Chorus

The Peabody Community Chorus at Henderson-Hopkins brings together adults of all ages and backgrounds to make music together.

Composition

Individual instruction in composition is available for pre-college students and adults at our Downtown Peabody Preparatory campus. Student works are performed and recorded in master class or recital settings 1-2 times each year.

Computer Music

Group classes are designed to guide students from an introduction to MIDI to an understanding of the techniques required for recording studio production.

Dance

Established in December 1914, Peabody Dance is one of the oldest continuously-operating dance training centers in the United States.

Early Childhood Music

The first years of life are critical to a child's music development. Our curriculum is specifically designed to guide your child toward a lifelong enjoyment and understanding of music.

Guitar

The guitar program offers classes for young children ages 5-8 as well as introductory classes for beginner guitar students, age 5 to adults.

Harp

The harp is an instrument that can be studied from as early as age five through adulthood. At this time, beginning through advance levels of instruction are available at the downtown Baltimore, Towson and Annapolis campuses.

Jazz

Jazz Ensemble is designed to give students training in the harmonic, melodic, rhythmic, and stylistic concepts of jazz. Ellington, Gershwin, Porter, Basie, Parker, Monk, Davis, Coltrane, Blakey, and many other jazz, blues, swing, and bop selections form the repertoire.

Organ

Individual organ instruction is available to children and adults of all experience levels—from beginners through the most advanced levels of study.

Percussion

Individual percussion instruction is available to children and adults of all experience levels—from beginners through the most advanced levels of study.

Performance Academies

Peabody’s Performance Academies bring together young musicians to develop musically and socially in a mutually supportive and challenging environment.

Piano

The Preparatory Piano Department welcomes students of all ages and abilities, from beginner to advanced.

Rock and Contemporary

The Rock and Contemporary Music program brings the same pedagogical structure and high quality instruction Peabody is known for to music that is not traditionally part of a classical conservatory. The program is perfect for current students looking to branch out and try something new, as well as new students who’ve never thought they could study popular music at the Preparatory.

Strings

The educational philosophy of the Preparatory String Department is rooted in the belief that young musicians can best develop their artistic potential in a supportive, non-judgmental and motivating musical environment.

Summer Programs

Individual instruction, group classes, and intensives are available throughout the summer.

Theory

At the Peabody Prep all students are encouraged to enroll in a theoretical studies class to complement individual instruction. Classes are available for ages 10 through adult, at beginning through advanced levels.

Voice

The Voice Department offers individual instruction and group classes for children, teens, and adults, from beginners to the most advanced singers.

Woodwinds

The age at which a student may begin studying a woodwind instrument is dependent upon the child's physical size and stamina. Elijah Wirth, the department chair, will be happy to answer any questions about the appropriate starting age for these instruments.

Youth Orchestras

With approximately 2,000 students passing through its doors every week, the Peabody Preparatory is Baltimore's premier community school for the performing arts.

Adult and Professional Development Programs

The Adult and Continuing Education program (ACE) is designed to provide enrichment to adults in the community who seek opportunities to feed the mind, body, and spirit.

Beginner Programs

Young musicians and dancers can enroll in our Early Childhood Music classes or choose one of our specialty programs for beginners.