"Shaping the Future of the Arts in Maryland"
Courses of Study
Private Instruction (all instruments and voice)
Available for beginning, intermediate or advanced students, ages 6 and up. Students attend lessons once each week. At repertoire classes, students play and discuss music in an informal setting among friends in preparation for public recitals. These classes are offered at no additional charge to students currently enrolled in private instruction. Students who have progressed beyond the elementary level are strongly advised to supplement their studies by taking theory classes.
The below listed rates are for students taking classes with a MPAI instructor. University professors teaching for MPAI are allowed to set their own rate.
Tuition: (for weekly private lessons, per semester) **
30 minutes $525 (recommended for beginners)
45 minutes $715 (advanced beginners/intermediate)
Full hour $910 (intermediate/advanced)
Tuition: (for study of a second instrument by currently enrolled students)
30 minutes $435
45 minutes $640
Full hour $850
**Students who have been accepted for study with university level applied faculty will be subject to the upper division tuition rates.
Please call the MPAI office for details.
Music Theory Class
Based on the international curriculum of the Trinity College London, classes include the study of solfege, written theory, ear training and harmony. Students will be placed according to age and experience.
Tuition: (16-weeks) Group Instruction 30 minutes weekly $130
Private Theory Lessons (all levels) 30 minutes weekly $525 *
* The reduced rate for students currently enrolled in private music lessons through MPAI is $435
Private Percussion Instruction
Private Percussion Instruction for beginning, intermediate or advanced students, ages 10 and up. Beginning lessons will emphasize percussion techniques, sight reading, and rhythmic training through the study of the snare drum and other various percussion instruments. After completing the beginning level, students will have developed the necessary skills to begin a secondary area of emphasis such as drum set, keyboard percussion, or timpani. Intermediate percussion lessons will include a principal as well as secondary percussion instrument such as snare drum and drum set, or snare drum and keyboard percussion. Intermediate lessons will focus on developing weaknesses into strengths, and will prepare the student for more advanced study. Advanced lessons are intended for high school percussionists who wish to perform at a higher level of musical understanding and technical proficiency.
The Percussion Ensemble is a dynamic ensemble performing a wide range of music from traditional percussion ensemble literature to Latin-American and West African- inspired music, popular music, and jazz. Students will perform highly rhythmic groove based music on a variety of percussion instruments. The ensemble is open to intermediate and advanced level students age 13-18. You do not have to be a percussion student to join the percussion ensemble. The ensemble meets on Monday evenings from 7:00-8:30.
Dr. Patrick Roulet, Director
Michael Feathers, Assistant Director
Music Theory Lab
As part of our students’ music education we offer the use of our Music Lab, (Room 2087) at the Center for the Arts. On Saturdays, from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., and Thursdays from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m., computer-aided instruction is available for registered MPAI students in the areas of ear training, sight singing, sight reading, theory, musicianship and composition. An instructor is available during these hours to design a program tailored to fit individual student needs. Weekly attendance is required. Please call the MPAI office to arrange for this instruction at no additional charge.
The Maryland Performing Arts Institute offers two certificates of graduation for students completing the following requirements:
High School Certificate - awarded to those students who have successfully completed curriculum and examinations in grades one through six as designated by Trinity College London.
Precollege Certificate - awarded to those students who have successfully completed curriculum and examinations in grades one through seven (and/or grade eight) as designated by Trinity College London.
Students who wish to enroll in the certificate programs should contact Lum Fun Lee to discuss the requirements in detail. There are additional fees for the exams.
Aural training is given for students preparing for the Trinity Guildhall practical examinations. Classes are given during the spring session on Saturday at 12:30 for students studying grades 1-3 and 1:30 for students studying grades 4-8.
Kids Keyboard College
Kids Keyboard College was written and developed in house by our staff. KKC offers children from age 4 to develop an appreciation for and understanding of music in a fun, group environment.
Our classes are broken down for 4-5 year old and 6-7 year old children and their parents. Children listen to music, learn rhythm, and learn to read music. Every child completing the program will have learned the skills required to start private lessons.
Children enjoy the fast paced learning environment. For one hour they are kept busy learning while having fun. What kids love the most is having a parent in class with them. It’s fun for the whole family.
6-7 years Saturdays 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM $320.00*
4-5 years Saturdays 10:00 AM-11:00 AM $320.00*