Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage

Online Music Pre-College 2020

"Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life." -Jean Paul Freidrich Richter

Due to the unprecedented situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, CMU Music Pre-College is offering a unique online program for Summer 2020 to give high school musicians the opportunity to continue learning and furthering their skills while staying safe and healthy.  

Students can opt to take just the core offerings with the Essentials Program or challenge themselves with the more rigorous Comprehensive Program.

Registration is now open!  

Program Dates

• Full Session: June 29 - August 7, 2020
• Session A: June 29 - July 17, 2020
• Session B: July 20 - August 7, 2020

Please note that classes will be in session on July 3, 2020.

Mandatory Student Orientation will take place on Saturday June 27th at 1pm.

All students must be of high-school age and reside in the United States to participate.

Courses meet online via Zoom and meet MWF after 12:00pm EDT (9:00am PDT).

Comprehensive Program

Rigorous instruction to help high-school musicians discover their potential for a career in music.

Essentials Program

Supplemental instruction for students looking to expand and maintain musical study over the summer.

• Private 1-hr weekly studio lessons
• Music Theory
• Music History Seminar
• Music Resume & Portfolio Workshop
• Convocation
• Group Workshops


• Private 1-hr weekly studio lessons
• Music Theory

Students participating in the Essentials Program may also add on courses including a minor studio, Music History Seminar, Resume & Portfolio Workshop, and/or Group Workshops. Additional fees apply.

Please note that schedule may be adjusted based on specific enrollment.