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Fall 2018 classes begin Saturday, September 8, 2018. Register online TODAY!

At the Carnegie Mellon Music Preparatory School, distinguished professional musicians and educators train talented Pittsburgh-area children.

Our goal is to give children ages 4 through 18 technical, academic and artistic proficiency in music.

Comprehensive classes in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Musicianship, Theory and Composition and Improvisation accompany private lessons in either piano, strings (violin, viola, cello, double bass), guitar and percussion. 


Fall 2018 Beginning Piano class is now FULL. Now accepting applications for Spring 2019 Beginning Piano Apply now!

ASTACAP Program for String students:

This program is offered by the American String Teachers Association and seeks to establish definite goals and awards for students of all levels through non-competitive examinations. Students are judged on technical and musical preparedness at specific levels (Foundation Level - Level 10) by an ASTA examiner of musical and pedagogical stature. A certificate of achievement is awarded for each level successfully completed.

ASTA’s Certificate Advancement Program (ASTACAP) helps students measure and achieve greater playing abilities and continue their music study with enthusiasm. Advancing successfully through the levels motivates students to practice. ASTA has developed a carefully graded 11-level curriculum for violin, viola, cello, double bass and harp. Each level is a professionally designed pedagogical progression offering both study materials and adjudication/feedback. Using these guidelines for scales, etudes and solos, the teacher prepares the student for each level’s evaluation. Successful completion of each level is recognized by ASTA with a Certificate of Achievement. This national award validates the teacher and student’s work, and bears proof of a well-rounded system of instruction.

ASTACAP exams at CMU will be held on May 17 and May 18, 2017.  

Each teacher will have a block of time for their students during that day.  It may be that your child will need to miss school that day.  Students will need to sign up through the Preparatory Office by April 30th in order to participate.  CMU Preparatory students are offered this opportunity at no cost.

String students should receive an application form from their private instructor or download them here:

ASTA Registration

Rubric Levels F-4

Rubric Levels 5-10

Young Artists Orchestra: This chamber orchestra is comprised of intermediate/advanced string students ages approximately 10-16 years old.  This ensemble meets weekly from September to May on Saturdays from 1:00-2:30pm in Margaret Morrison 119.  The conductor is Mr. Steve Ehrlich, Orchestra Director of the East Allegheny Schools.  There is a final performance at the conclusion of each semester as part of a showcase event featuring several of our performing groups and based on a unique theme.

Eligibility: Students should have prior group or ensemble experience if possible. Students should have competency with note reading, shifting into higher positions, and vibrato.  Entrance is based on audition.


$150 per semester (for CMU Prep students choosing this course as their one Elective Class)

$285 for Non-CMU Preparatory students or CMU Prep students choosing this course as a second Elective

Auditions for 2018-2019 season - Saturday, July 14, 2018 12:00pm - 2:00pm. 

Please print and submit an application form by July 11, 2018

Submit your digital audition here: