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Degree and Diploma Programs

The Curtis Institute of Music offers the following programs:


Curtis provides complete and diversified musical training. Students study with distinguished artist-teachers in private lessons, repertoire classes, and chamber music coachings. These performance experiences are augmented by courses in the Musical Studies, Career Studies, and Liberal Arts departments, as well as uncommonly frequent performance opportunities.

Students who have completed Curtis’s liberal arts requirements may enroll at no cost at the University of Pennsylvania for additional courses not available at Curtis, under the reciprocal agreement between the two schools.

All students, other than those enrolled in the Master of Music and Professional Studies Certificate programs, must be enrolled in the Diploma or Bachelor of Music program. Any change from one program to another by post-secondary-school diploma students must be made no later than the end of the second year at Curtis. Diploma students wishing to apply for entrance to the Bachelor’s degree program must complete the Program Transfer Form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.

The Diploma program for post-secondary-school students is for two to four years. The Bachelor of Music program takes three to five years. The Professional Studies Certificate and Master of Music programs may be completed in two to three years.

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