Gap Year Program

Starting in Fall 2020, the Colorado Springs Conservatory will be offering a ‘Gap Year’ program for college music students who choose to take a year off from their studies.

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This is also an appropriate program for students who have just graduated High School and will delay starting their college career due to COVID, Financial restraints or other extenuating circumstances.

The program will provide students the opportunity to continue their core music coursework, take private lessons with one of the CSC’s distinguished mentors, and participate in numerous gigs and performances.

Additionally, the CSC will be partnering with Oberlin Conservatory to provide Gap Year students the opportunity to join a select Oberlin online class and collaborate with students and faculty from Oberlin Conservatory on community based projects.

Core Music Classes

Students will take a minimum of two courses in the following subjects:

  • Theory*
  • Ear Training
  • Counterpoint*
  • Analysis*
  • Music History*
  • Orchestration

Customized college credit opportunities are available through CU Succeed and the AP music theory exam.

*Students may take the Royal Conservatory Exam on these subjects to receive their RCM certificate.

Lessons, Studio Classes, and Performances

Students will take a weekly one-hour lesson with a CSC mentor in a select discipline; lessons will be available on all instruments, voice, composition, and conducting. Students will also have the opportunity to collaborate with mentors and other music professionals in lessons, rehearsals, and performances.

Studio classes will be offered once a week. Students will gain valuable performance experience and will receive feedback from an instructor in a masterclass setting.

Students will also have the opportunity to perform in numerous gigs, recitals, outreaches, and concerts.

Oberlin Conservatory Partnership

Through the CSC’s exciting new partnership with Oberlin Conservatory, Gap Year Program students will have the opportunity to join “Community Music Engagement in the Schools,” an online class taught by Dr. Jody Kerchner, Professor of Music Education at Oberlin Conservatory.

Additionally, students may collaborate with Oberlin students and faculty on a community based project during one of Oberlin’s Winter Terms.

These projects will include topics on curriculum development and enrichment, pedagogy, community engagement, and much more. After successful completion of the online class and the Winter Term project, Gap Year students will receive a Certificate of Partnership from Oberlin Conservatory.

Program begins Aug. 17, 2020

Tuition: $2,950

Lead Mentors

  • Dr. Adam Haas
  • Dr. Andrew Friedrichs
  • Thomas Wilson

If you are interested in this program, or if you would like more information, please contact Dr. Adam Haas at ahaas[at]