Dear Peabody Parents and Families,

You’ve successfully guided this remarkable individual to this point in their life… now what? Well, your student still needs you, albeit in different ways.

As a parent and family member, you are undoubtedly concerned about and invested in your student’s academic and personal success in college (and beyond). You want to continue to have a major role in your student’s life, but you also know that your relationship will change as your student grows and develops. You will play an important role in the life of your college student, and working together, we can support your student’s growth and success. Similar to the roles you play, we strive to strike a similar healthy balance with students by providing resources to help them make informed decisions and promote self-advocacy, while standing ready to step in and provide additional support as necessary.

Remember, you are your student’s biggest champion. The motivation and support you provide is essential. When your student encounters unexpected challenges, your encouragement will help them troubleshoot and persist.

We encourage you to become a knowledgeable resource and partner with Peabody to support your student. When your student reaches out for help, share some resources and services that may be able to help. Review the information provided below and please don’t ever hesitate to reach out if you are concerned about your student.


Family Orientation Virtual Session Recordings (2023)

Join other families on a private Facebook group managed by families for families called Parents of Peabody Conservatory at JHU.

Understanding FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education record and prohibits the university from disclosing information from those records without the written consent of the student.

FERPA Release

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), colleges and universities are afforded certain liberties relative to notifying parents or guardians of information concerning their student.

In addition, the University may notify parents when there is a health or safety emergency involving their student, even if the parents do not claim the student as a dependent. For example if a student is not financially dependent on their parents or family members but list them as an emergency contact.

The parents and/or legal guardians of students under the age of twenty-one (21) at the time of disclosure may in the university’s discretion be notified if their child is found responsible for certain violations of the University alcohol or drug policies, and in cases that result in suspension and expulsion of students.

For further questions please refer to the FERPA policy or review a list of answers to frequently asked questions.

Is your student under 18 years of age and moving into campus housing? You will need to complete the Housing Contract below on their behalf:

23-24 Housing Contract