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Mahanaim offers developing musicians a wide range of academic programs centered around a strong core curriculum that trains highly skilled musicians to succeed no matter where they go. Mahanaim graduates find success in furthering their education and in their professional endeavours. 


Mahanaim offers music programs taught by outstanding faculty and is comprised of the core music curriculum, specialized courses by concentration, and liberal arts courses, all taught in an intensive conservatory setting.

Mahanaim Offers Programs in

  • Performance

  • Conducting

  • Composition

Core Program

The core curriculum is comprised of courses that all students regardless of their specialty will take during their program. It gives students a solid foundation in performance skills and experience in various settings as well as in music history, theory, keyboard, and aural skills. All students share a common Liberal Arts requirement as well. 

Performance Component

Private Lessons & Juries

  • Lessons: All students have private studio lessons with their private instructor for each term of their program. Mahanaim students will meet with their private instructor twice a week, for a total of 30 private lessons a term.

  • Midterm: During the seventh week of each term, students will have a midterm performance.

  • Final Jury: At the conclusion of each term, students perform a jury before their private instructor, program chair, and another member of the faculty. Jury requirements change with each year the student advances in their program. Details on the midterm and final jury can be found in the Repertoire Requirements document and Private Lesson syllabus.



  • 10-Minute Concert: Students will perform a 10-minute excerpt of their recital program at the beginning of each semester. 10-Minute Concerts are performed for the student’s peers and are an opportunity to receive feedback early on in the semester. These performances are not graded, but are a requirement to pass the Recital course.

  • Solo Recital: Students also prepare and perform a solo recital at the end of each term. Recitals are performed on stage for the same evaluation panel as the jury in addition to the student’s peers and the public. Recital requirements change with each year the student advances in their program. Details can be found in the Repertoire Requirements document and Recital syllabus. 


Commencement Recital

  • The commencement recital is the culminating experience of all Mahanaim graduates and an opportunity to put all of the skills, techniques, and knowledge accrued on display for the entire Mahanaim community, their families, and the general public. Students and their instructors select one piece to prepare to start in their junior year and undergo a series of rehearsals throughout their last year leading up to the commencement concert, which is held in the Spring semester for graduating students. 


Ensembles & Conducting

  • All students have Choir for two years of study. 

  • According to their concentration, students will have additional requirements in small, large, or a combination of ensembles such as Chamber, Orchestra, Vocal Ensemble, or Choir. 

  • All students not already specializing in conducting have four semesters of Choral Conducting.


  • All students not already specializing in piano have four terms of Required Piano to become proficient in basic keyboard skills essential for any musician in an instructing or leadership position. 

Music Academic Component

Musical Studies

  • All students take a course series called Musical Studies, which combines topics in music theory, music history, harmony, and analysis into one comprehensive course. 



  • All students take a solfeggio course series to develop their aural skills, pitch, and sight-reading skills.

Liberal Arts Component

  • Students take courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • All students share the same liberal arts requirements. The courses are:

    • Introduction to New Testament

    • Introduction to Old Testament

    • English Composition I

    • English Composition II

    • American Literature

    • Introduction to Drama

    • Spanish I

    • Spanish II

    • Public Speaking

    • History of Art

Year (Both Semesters)
MUSC 101/102 - 401/402
Major Lessons
MUSC 103/104 - 403/404
Year 1
  • Midterm Exam 
  • Final Jury
  • 10-Minute Concert
  • Solo Recital (20 min)
Year 2
  • Midterm Exam 
  • Final Jury
  • 10-Minute Concert
  • Solo Recital (30 min)
Year 3
  • Midterm Exam 
  • Final Jury
  • 10-Minute Concert
  • Solo recital (40 min)
Year 4
  • Midterm Exam
  • Final Jury
  • 10-Minute Concert
  • Solo Recital (50 min)
  • Commencement Recital (Second Semester)

Major Program Evaluations 

Rules on each evaluation can be found in the Repertoire Requirements manual and Major Lessons or Recital syllabi. 

Deadlines for repertoire submissions and the dates of each evaluation can be found on the Academic Calendar

Other Requirements


  • Experiencing music as both a performer and audience member is integral to the development of a Mahanaim musician and contributes to the school community. All students are required to attend at least one 20, 30, 40, and 50-minute recital, for a total of at least four recitals, each semester of their program. Students may receive an attendance card from the Associate VP of Academic Affairs, who attends every student recital. They must then fill out the card and return it after the recital to be counted for attendance. This is a Non-Clock Hour requirement with no letter grade given at the end of the semester. A student will receive a pass/non-pass grade instead. Records of attendance are kept by the Office of Academic Affairs staff.

  • Fall 2022 Requirement: Attendance requirements for the Fall 2022 semester are adjusted to be as follows: 20-Minute Recitals (2), 30-Minute Recital (1), 40-Minute Recital (1), and 50-Minute Recitals (2). This comes out to a total requirement of six recitals. 

  • Students who have failed to fulfill the requirement in a given semester may make up for lacking attendance cards in the following semester. However, a student who attends more than the required amount of recitals in one semester cannot use their extra cards to fulfill the following semester’s requirements.

  • Piano students accompanying other students’ recitals may use those recitals to fulfill their requirements as long as they fill out an attendance card each time.


Programs of Study

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