In 2017, Community Music Centers of Atlanta (CMC Atlanta) and SACS/Advanced Ed accredited Rivers Academy Atlanta teamed up to create Atlanta Music High School. Working together, the professional faculty of our well-established institutions offers rigorous academics and deep immersion in pre-professional musical training to students grades 5-8 and 9-12 at our shared campus on Cliff Valley Way, near the border of Brookhaven and North Druid Hills.
At Atlanta Music High, we empower classical, jazz, rock and folk music students with an academic education that is not only accredited, but that is also sensitive and responsive to the investment of time and resources it takes for a young, emerging performer or composer to become a great musician.
Atlanta Music High students are encouraged to complete their academic coursework through enrollment in Rivers Academy Atlanta. Over the past ten years, Rivers Academy has developed a model to serve highly competitive and devoted athletes, equestrians, dancers and actors at the school's Alpharetta campus. Course work for earning a diploma from Rivers Academy is completed on a condensed weekday schedule. Academic classes, including AP courses, meet during the traditional school year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 am to 12:30 pm. The condensed schedule leaves ample time for passionate musicians to develop musical artistry and a capstone portfolio.
Because of the condensed academics, Atlanta Music High students benefit from having afternoons and all day Monday and Friday for private lessons on a primary and secondary instrument, courses in music theory, history and musicianship, small ensemble or choir rehearsal, project work (on compositions, film or game scores and videos, for example), and personal practice at the same facility or (if desired) practice at one of the other three CMC Atlanta locations in Dunwoody, Decatur and Little 5 Points/Inman Park. Until now, there simply has not been a conservatory option available to Atlanta teens. Many students have had to compromise either their academic pursuits or passionate pursuit of musical creativity, or they’ve left Atlanta to board at expensive out of state high schools like Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan or the North Carolina School of the Arts.
By enrolling in Atlanta Music High, motivated and invested young classical, jazz, rock and folk musicians can bring the desired harmony between academic and musical pursuits, which we believe is crucial for happiness and success. Further, aspiring music students can find the desired synergy that only comes from studying, practicing and performing alongside talented peers under the guidance of a committed faculty of experienced, professional musicians and educators who’ve come to Atlanta Music High from across the country from top tier institutions like the Eastman School of Music, Oberlin College-Conservatory, Berklee College of Music, and more.
We believe students who train at an elite level and push themselves to reach their fullest potential in developing their own, authentic artistic perspective are prepared for life, whether they choose to continue in music or to go in another direction for college.
Atlanta Music High is open to students grades 9-12. We also offer a parallel Music High Prep Program for student grades 5-8 who wish to be immersed in musical practice and performance.
Tours, audition placement and enrollment are under way for 2018-2019 school year.