About the Popular Music Conservatory

The Popular Music Conservatory is a commercial and contemporary music program that provides talented and passionate students with a nurturing and empowering environment, promoting musical creativity, musical collaboration, and innovation within the popular music industry. Students learn the art of music performance, music production, arranging, and songwriting through a detailed curriculum enhanced by state-of-the-art technology.

Student Experience

In the Popular Music Conservatory, students are immersed in a challenging environment where they learn to work individually, as well as in band situations. Each year, they take a class in each of four focus areas: primary instrument, music theory, performance, and music tech/recording. The conservatory provides a uniquely broad yet refined curriculum that covers theory, history of rock and roll, basic instrument and voice training, studio skills, and rock ensemble. Students are exposed to renowned guest artists, university faculty, and industry leaders, who visit the school’s campus to share their expertise and creativity through residencies, master classes, lectures, performances, presentations, and hands-on training. In this environment, students are given the skill sets and knowledge necessary to create and produce thoughtful and technically sound music with the freedom to find their own creative voice — whether it be playing an instrument, working the soundboard, or singing lead for a band.

Preparing Students for the Future

Popular Music Conservatory faculty focuses on preparing students for the realities of life and work as creative individuals in a world of commercial and popular music. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to attend a four-year university or an arts conservatory program, and to pursue a career in the music industry.