Featured Programs

Breakthrough Curriculum

Excellence in professional training is at the center of a Peabody education. Your studio experience will form the core of your Peabody education, and the supportive academic program which has long been a hallmark of Peabody’s curriculum will equip you with a strong, holistic foundation in music and the humanities.

Directed Studies Minor at Homewood

Many Peabody students have interests outside of music or dance, and the Directed Studies Minor provides students the opportunity to devise a plan to pursue 21 credits of coursework to be taken at another division at Johns Hopkins. This is a great option for students who wish to combine their studies in music or dance with another field of study without pursuing a double degree.

Peabody LAUNCHPad

Peabody LAUNCHPad helps students and recent alumni forge satisfying, successful careers. They provide comprehensive services that support student and alumni in designing a life inspired by personal ambitions and interests. LAUNCHPad can help pinpoint artistic and professional objectives, build career skills, recognize opportunities, prepare job applications, launch entrepreneurial ventures, develop websites, raise funds, organize concert tours, and more!

Early Decision

Peabody is excited to continue our Early Decision process for Fall 2024 admission, now open to any undergraduate applicant. This is a great option for those who have identified Peabody as their first choice. Early Decision live auditions will be held on December 3rd, and students will receive their admission and financial aid decisions by December 15th.

Double Degree Program

The competitive Double Degree program offers a unique opportunity for students who are advanced both in music and academics to pursue a BM at Peabody and either a BA or BS at the Homewood School of JHU.

Master of Music in Music for New Media: Film and Game Scoring

The two-year Master of Music degrees in Music for New Media: Film and Game Scoring is designed to prepare you for a future at the intersection of music and storytelling, whether in film scoring and movie music, composing soundtracks for video games, writing music for TV, or composing for virtual and augmented reality experiences.

Master of Music in Choral Conducting

The Choral Conducting Program at Peabody Conservatory, under the direction of Dr. Beth Willer, offers forward-thinking instruction and hands-on training in conducting technique and leadership of varied vocal and vocal-instrumental ensembles.


“Peabody offers numerous highly-competitive scholarships in order to enroll the best and brightest while making a Peabody degree as affordable as possible. 90% of our incoming students are recipients of scholarships and financial aid at Peabody, and the recent $50 million gift to Peabody’s endowment from Michael Bloomberg has allowed us to award more aid than ever before, enabling us to help even more students afford a Peabody education.”
Townsend Plant / Associate Dean for Enrollment & Student Life

Master of Music in Jazz

The program leading to the degree of Master of Music provides for intensive development of performance skills, extensive knowledge of the literature in the major field of study, and achievement of a broadened knowledge of the art. Beginning with Fall 2023 enrollment, Peabody’s new Graduate Jazz fellowships will cover full tuition plus a stipend for up to three students per year in the Jazz MM or GPD programs.

Pathways to DMA

Each year beginning with Fall 2023 enrollment, Peabody will provide grant funding for two students to begin in the MM with a defined and supported pathway for matriculation to the DMA. As part of the larger Johns Hopkins Pathways to PhD initiative, the Pathways to DMA aims to expand opportunities for applicants from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the DMA. All applicants for the Master of Music are encouraged to consider indicating their interest in the application for the Pathways program.

Dance BFA

Having graduated the first BFA Dance cohort in Spring of 2022, this program prepares students to be at the forefront of dance innovation through performance, choreographic and critical historical and theoretical explorations.

Low-Residency Master of Music Composition Degree

The low-residency master’s degree programs offer the artistic excellence and academic rigor of a Peabody education in a more focused and flexible format. This program combines a full academic year of distance learning with two compressed in-person summer sessions for students who want to pursue master’s-level training in composition, allowing you to complete your Master of Music in just 13 months of study.

Peabody Faculty

At Peabody, you’ll receive world-class individual instruction and guidance from renowned artists and brilliant teachers. They are Grammy and Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur and Guggenheim fellows, performers, scholars, and leaders at the top of their fields. They are mentors and advisors devoted to evolving your talents, imparting knowledge, honoring tradition and pushing past boundaries, and empowering you to distinguish yourself in the arts.

Test-Optional Policy

Peabody understands that standardized testing does not tell the full story of a student’s potential for success in an undergraduate program. Peabody continues to be test-optional (SAT/ACT only) for all of our undergraduate applicant populations for Fall 2024. For more information on whether you qualify, see the undergraduate application instructions.

Spring Enrollment

Peabody is thrilled to announce that applications for Spring 2024 are now available for BFA Dance, Master of Music, and the Graduate Performance Diploma (instrumental areas only). All Spring Admission applications will be evaluated as they are received using rolling admission. The final date to apply for Spring Admission is December 1. Before beginning an application for Spring Admission, students are encouraged to contact the admissions office at [email protected] to inquire about program openings and departmental auditions.

Maestra Marin Alsop Conducts the PCO

Students Spotlight

Learn about our students' experiences at Peabody and see more in our online magazine:

Exploring Music's Mysteries -Nikolai Klotchkov, DMA Saxophone

Nikolai Klotchkov, a Russian-born saxophonist, scientist, and DMA student, loves how music touches the heart. He’s just as passionate about how music affects the brain. For his dissertation, Klotchkov is researching the cognitive processes for music performance and perception with Jenine Brown, Peabody associate professor in the Department of Music Theory.

Titles Track -Aaron Gao, BM Music for New Media

Music for New Media senior Aaron Gao’s internship led to his first television credit. Gao’s modesty and thoughtfulness come through when recounting his path to a paid commission and television credit, which started in summer 2021 when he began interning remotely at New Style Media Group in China. A music director at the time realized Gao had a responsive, sensitive ear and put him in with the artist relations team.

Tuba Pathbreaker -Aaron Gao, DMA Tuba

Jasmine Pigott carries a lot of firsts. She is on track to be the first Black female tuba player worldwide to earn a Doctor of Musical Arts degree. She’s produced the first EP of original tuba music in Black music styles composed and performed by Black tuba players.