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As a student at the Peabody Conservatory, you will develop the real-life skills of an artist by making your art in real-life settings. In addition to traditional performances in our concert halls, you will be able to practice programming, partnership, and production skills and shape your personal artistic vision through a variety of for-credit courses, volunteer extra-curricular activities, and targeted teaching and performance opportunities in different community settings.

Examples of community-based learning opportunities include:

Creative Access

Peabody student volunteers bring live, interactive music to community organizations, hospices, and schools.

Creative Leadership Immersion Class

Conservatory students work with Baltimore City Schools students to create and perform an original composition during Peabody’s Spring Break.


Peabody harpists bring the harp and harp lessons into Baltimore-area schools.

Junior Bach

Peabody composition students volunteer to teach weekly one-on-one composition lessons in local schools.

Opera Outreach

Interactive opera performances are staged in schools all across Maryland.

An optional fourth level of the Breakthrough Curriculum’s Citizen Artistry component, Launch provides opportunities for qualified students seeking deeper immersion in community-based projects. These short- and long-term residencies and fellowships, available to students who have successfully completed the Explore, Build, and Implement coursework, carry stipends and require a competitive application process.

Examples of current Launch projects include:


InterPlay, a joint venture of the Peabody Institute and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), connects Peabody graduate students with UMBC undergraduate music majors for their mutual benefit.

Musician-in-Residence Program

Peabody's Musician-in-Residence program places Conservatory students in area senior living facilities.

Peabody at the Library

Peabody students work together with Baltimore City Library Branches to prepare and present fun, family-friendly concerts for the community.

Peabody at the Walters

The Walters Art Museum offers a variety of interdisciplinary, education, and other performance opportunities for Peabody students.

Young Artist Development Series

This weeklong fellowship in collaboration with El Paso Pro Musica provides an intensive, real-world training experience for performing musicians.

Young Audiences of Maryland

Peabody students and faculty have the opportunity to develop and present school programs as Young Audience artists.