Award-Winning College Prep Program

Do you have a child who’s ages 9 to 17 that already loves music, but doesn’t have a place where they can meet other young musicians and hone their skills? Is your college-bound musician in need of a challenge? Then our unique College Prep Program may be just the right fit for them!

PCM CPP Student's @ Berklee City Music Summit Masterclass 2018, NY, NY
PCM's College Prep Program Blues Ensemble
PCM's College Prep Program Pop Ensemble

A child who is in College Prep gets an immersive and fun experience making contemporary music with friends, all while learning life skills that can help shape a child’s future. Each student participates in music theory, ensemble, and enrichment classes so that they can hone their skills and learn about new concepts they may not have known about, or had the chance to learn about!

Backed by Berklee College of Music’s PULSE curriculum and honored by numerous awards, our College Prep program can do just that- prepare your child for their future, regardless of if they choose to be a professional musician or not. Each year of College Prep follows the school year, taking place between September and May, so whether your child rocks out to Guns N’ Roses, or likes to groove out to Earth, Wind, and Fire, we can help you find something that strikes a chord with them!

Phoenix Conservatory of Music’s (PCM) College Prep Program, a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Winner,  is one of the most prestigious college preparatory programs for contemporary music education in the state. As a partner of Berklee College of Music’s Berklee City Music Network, PCM is one of 47 community music schools in the nation to utilize Berklee’s PULSE curriculum as a base for our comprehensive, audition and merit-based program.

Our students have a 85% acceptance rate to top universities and have been awarded over $3 million in scholarships.

As the only Berklee College of Music City Music Network site in Arizona, and a Youth Development Program,  students in  4th through 12th grades participate in a robust 10-month after school program mimicking college study.  This program welcomes student drummers, horn and wind players, keyboardists and pianists, bassists, guitarists, string players,  singers and producers.

Requirements

  • 100% commitment
  • Audition, acceptance & participation
  • Weekly musicianship class (theory/aural perception)
  • Weekly enrichment class such as piano, sight singing, song writing, audio production, music business, audition and interview preparation
  • Weekly ensemble
  • “C” average or above in academics (tutors offered when needed)
  • Six hours annually of community service

Tuition & Financial Aid

Students participate in music theory, ensembles, and enrichment classes to hone their skills and learn about new concepts they may not have known about, or had the chance to learn about! Tuition is $70/month. Financial aid and access to scholarships are available.

Musicians will receive 3-10 hours per week of music education for 30+ weeks throughout the school year.  It will include:

  • Modern Band Ensemble (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Latin Jazz, Strings)
  • Music Theory Classes (including accredited classes with Paradise Valley Community College for college credit)
  • Enrichment Classes (class piano, class guitar, sight singing, rhythm reading, audio production 1 & 2, songwriting, composition, and more!
  • Music Industry Masterclasses and Workshops
  • Performance Experience
  • Opportunities to write and record songs (at Grand Canyon University) for submission to the annual compilation CD
  • Access to summer intensive scholarships

For New Students

Make sure to submit your most recent report card before your audition and have a parent help you fill out your application.

During your audition, you will be perform one or two prepared pieces, do some call and response, sight read music to the best of your ability, and ask/answer questions.  You will be given a music theory assessment that you can do online and turn back in.  You are not expected to know every answer, it is for placement purposes only.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED  FOR THE AUDITION: Your instrument, one to two prepared pieces (does not have to be long or advanced), your most recent report card, your application form, and any questions you may have. If you audition online, you will need a good internet connection and access to a device that is able to use use Zoom. Guitarists and bass players, please bring an instrument cable.

WHERE? Auditions happen at the PCM Main Campus or online. Auditions are welcome throughout the year, however start dates coincide with school semesters, unless otherwise stated by the College Prep Program Manger.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE AUDITION?  You will need to access a parent portal and e-sign your paperwork.  Your student will be placed in a theory class and Ensemble based on knowledge, skill, and instrumentation.  Rehearsals may happen during the week or on Sat. based on their availability.  Schedules will be determined by the number of students auditioning, and the levels and instrument types that are present.   Regular Program Runs September – May.

2021 College Prep Program Parent orientation