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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. 

Announcing auditions for the 2016-2017

Young Artists Orchestra!

Auditions: Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Location: Carnegie Mellon University

We invite you to audition for the Young Artists Orchestra, a string chamber orchestra at Carnegie Mellon for dedicated and talented students ages 9-14 years.  Enjoy creative concert programming in a small chamber setting while learning classic works from Mozart to Sibelius.  

Audition Information:

For all instruments, please prepare the following for the audition:

1. A solo piece (preferably a concerto) of your choice that includes shifting to 3rd position (no accompaniment necessary)

2. The following scales in at least 2 octaves (3 octaves encouraged): G, D, A, C, F, B-flat

3. An etude of your choice that shows shifting to 3rd position or higher

4. Sight reading may be asked.

Please print and submit application form by May 31, 2016.


Now accepting applications for Spring 2017 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 June 1 and June 2, 2016.  

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