The Curtis curriculum comprises four academic departments, in addition to frequent opportunities to perform.


A harpist

Performance courses are at the heart of a Curtis education, including lessons and coachings, instrumental repertoire studies, vocal studies, and supplementary performance.

An exam on music theory

Musical studies courses are designed to give students practical, working knowledge of the artistic techniques of Western music.

A teacher presents a lesson

Liberal arts courses educate musicians as broadly and deeply as possible so that they may be greatly literate and widely informed.

Mary Javian talks with students at a  concert

Career studies courses provide students with the essential skills that working musicians need in the 21st century.