Carnegie Mellon University

School of Music

Where artistry and innovation share center stage


For the Full-Time Program, costs can be found here.

Comprehensive Program

Rigorous instruction to help high-school musicians discover their potential for a career in music. Students take private 1-hr weekly Studio Lessons, Music Theory, Solfège, Music History Seminar, Music Resume & Portfolio Workshop, Convocation, and Group Workshops in their chosen specialty.

Essentials Program

Supplemental instruction for students looking to expand and maintain musical study over the summer. Students take private 1-hr weekly Studio Lessons, Music Theory, and Solfège.

Six Weeks: $4200

Three Weeks: $2100

Six Weeks: $1200

Each additional class added to the Six-Week Essentials Program is $820

Three Weeks: $600

Each additional class added to the Three-Week Essentials Program is $410

All course are offered for enrichment only. The Summer Pre-College Program does not produce official Carnegie Mellon grades or transcripts.

Click here to apply for the Comprehensive or Essential Program!

Click here to apply for the Full-Time Program!

Every effort will be made to support students and families in financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If your student is interested in participating in the 2021 CMU School of Music Pre-College but is unable to afford it because of COVID-19 related loss of work, please reach out to the Director, Stephen Neely. While we cannot guarantee scholarship support in all cases, we are committed to doing what we can in providing limited scholarships.

For Full-Time Program Scholarship info, click here.

After submitting your registration for the program, all part-time students must submit the 2021 Music Pre-College Online Release Form. Full-time students will submit their release form separately via the enrollment portal.

Please download the form via this link, sign, and submit it by dragging and dropping the file below.

If you do not see the upload box below, click this link to upload.

The School of Music Pre-College reserves the right to withdraw students from specific courses due to class size, scheduling conflicts, or inappropriate student skill or behavior. The class schedule is subject to change. Arrangements may be made for Summer Pre-College Music students who require a refund due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts.  These refunds must be arranged through the office of the Director, School of Music Pre-College.

Our Refund Policy is as follows: 

Date of Request Received:
50% of Program Cost
May 14-May 31, 2021
No refund given
On or after June 1, 2021
Please note that students who are expelled will not receive a refund.