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Pathways to Peabody

All too often, tomorrow’s brightest musical stars are shining in our midst, but barriers to access – perceived or real – prevent our discovery and encouragement of these gifted young musicians. Pathways to Peabody breaks down these barriers by providing financial aid to talented and dedicated musicians ages 12-17 to study at the Peabody Preparatory. Pathways to Peabody cultivates and deepens students’ interest in music, nurtures their growth, and positions them to pursue a long-term music education through high school and beyond.

With generous support of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, Pathways to Peabody provides financial aid enabling qualified students to participate in one of Peabody’s acclaimed Academy Programs in strings, piano, jazz, classical voice, or woodwinds, brass and percussion.

The Academies

Peabody’s Performance Academies bring together young musicians to develop musically and socially in a mutually supportive and challenging environment. Each academy is structured to the meet the needs of specific instrumental and vocal disciplines. Nurtured by Peabody’s outstanding faculty, students participate in weekly lessons, large ensembles, theory, chamber music and unique Academy classes that delve into special topics and often feature guest teachers.

Jazz Academy

Piano Academy

Performance Academy for Strings

Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Academy



All Pathways applicants must undergo a competitive audition and interview process to determine their talent, potential, financial need and suitability for the program. Some general qualifications are as follows:

Experience:  In general, applicants should be between the ages of 12 and 17 and have 3-5 years prior study on their instrument or voice. 

Auditions: Applicants should be able to meet the audition requirements for the Academy program in their given discipline. Audtion requirements will be posted as soon as they are available.

     Jazz Academy Audtition Information

     Piano Academy Audition Information

     Performance Academy for Strings Audition Information

     Woodwind Brass and Percussion Academy Audition Information


Interview: Applicants and their parents will be interviewed to determine their level of interest and ability to commit to the rigorous class and practice schedule necessary for the Academy programs.

Financial Need:  Family income for Pathways students must fall under specific thresholds. That said, students who may not meet this requirement may still qualify for a partial scholarship through our regular application process. For this reason, we encourage all those who meet the the age and experience criteria and who's family income falls below $75,000 to apply. Even if you do not qualify for the Pathways program, we still may be able to make studying at Peabody a reality.


For further information or to request application materials, please contact the Preparatory Office at 667-208-6640.


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