The Academy of Music Northwest aims to ensure that the region’s talented young musicians have the most comprehensive pre-college training available. We do this through two main programs: for juniors (aged 9-12), we provide introductory studies in musical knowledge and thinking; for serious musicians aged 13-18, our Pre-College Program consists of music studies and performance opportunities as a complement to individual private study.

Students enrolled in the Junior or Pre-College Programs are required to be in private study with an instrumental, voice, or composition teacher. (The Academy will never ask students to change teachers.) Our programs are an important supplement to private study. For those not yet studying with a teacher, we are happy to offer a courtesy referral. A very limited number of private lessons are available at the school on Saturdays.

Our Saturday/Sunday school runs from September for 30 non-holiday weeks, divided into two fifteen-week semesters (see the Academic Calendar for details). Students enroll for the full year.

Students starting out in the Pre-College Division are encouraged to enroll in our 2-year core curriculum, which includes music theory, ear training, chamber music ensemble, and performance class. The average student day is 4-5 hours. Some students also take composition classes. For students who have fulfilled the prerequisites (or who can test out of them), we offer a series of electives, including conducting, sonata literature, and advanced composition.