A creative musical output requires an approach that immerses the student in a community of practicing musicians and encourages the student to engage in a crucial set of activities with teachers and peers in a disciplined and ongoing way. The educational or (perhaps, put better) human goal of cultivating musical artistry and understanding drive the curriculum and schedule for individual students and the AMHS community. Because of the condensed academic schedule, the AMHS experience also provides balance and harmony between traditional academics and passionate pursuit of musical skills and authentic artistic personal expression. We think this balance and harmony are crucial for student happiness and success.
Since AMHS curriculum and schedules are designed on an individual basis, AMHS is suitable for students falling on a continuum from some experience to Pre-Professional levels of training. Since the program immerses the student in music performance, music education, and music outreach experiences, students who enroll should be passionate about music and in most cases have had at least a foundational education, whether formal or informal.
Students are divided by interest and skill level, so we are able to accommodate diverse skill levels without undermining the experience for advanced students or putting a less experienced student in an unnecessarily intimidating situation.
Atlanta Music High School is open to 9th-12th grade students. Atlanta Music High Prep is open to students grades 5-8.
AMHS is based primarily at CMC Brookhaven/Rivers Academy Atlanta; however, elements of AMHS (private lessons, rehearsals, personal practice space, or internships) are offered in all four CMC Atlanta locations for interested students:
We also use a variety of community resources and local performance venues, as needed
AMHS offers coursework year round:
Although we operate on a traditional academic term cycle in sync with Rivers Academy Atlanta, students may register and begin at any time pending an audition/interview.
We offer training in
Traditional and experimental approaches within these fields are supported.
Students are not limited to a single genre or style. All students are taught to read and understand music using the terminology and conceptual frameworks used by professional musicians in these different styles.
A week breaks down, as follows, for AMHS and AMHS Prep students:
Term tuition, music training only:
Fees do not include Rivers Academy tuition, which is paid separately and directly to Rivers Academy.
Please note: there is an annual registration/enrollment fee of $250 per student; other fees and restrictions may apply. Tuition rates are subject to change with 60 days notice.
Tuition will be discounted for students who would like to enroll at AMHS, but would like to continue private lessons with an approved teacher who is not a member of the CMC Atlanta faculty.