Curtis offers the following degrees and diplomas:
Curtis sets no minimum age for the admission of exceptional students to most of its programs. Students younger than college age are considered candidates for the Curtis Diploma. These students pursue their musical studies at Curtis and their college-preparatory academic studies at an accredited public or private middle or high school of their own choosing.
We asked some of our esteemed students, faculty, and alumni to share the reasons they're grateful to have chosen Curtis as a place to study and teach.
“[Curtis] prepared me for the real world, with real productions—with orchestra, costumes, and make-up, in a proper theater, and with great stage directors.”
“What continuously impresses me is how supportive these young students are of each other. There’s a real esprit de corps. They maintain their incredible self-motivation and striving for excellence while helping each other. They always show up to each other’s concerts. I have to think that’s very rare.”
“So many reasons! Because it’s small, it’s intimate. It’s free. Because it’s the best music school in the world. … The people you meet as a student here will be your people forever.”
"It’s a performance experience you can’t find anywhere else. You want to play, you sign up and play. Every single musician here is great. You’re swimming in music the entire week, all the time, with all the faculty, and classes, and rehearsals."
“Curtis is the best place for real-life vocal training. It’s hands-on learning by doing—weekly lessons, and working with brilliant pianists and diction coaches two, three times a day. Curtis taught me everything about how to pace myself vocally, about stamina, how to work with directors and how to be a good colleague. When I left Curtis, I felt like I knew what I was doing, that I was absolutely prepared for everything vocally that lies ahead.”