The arts high school music program is designed for dedicated music students with a broad range of musical interests.

Across the musical spectrum—in jazz, folk, popular, rock, and classical genres— students focus on developing fluency in musical language, performance, and compositional artistry and technique.

We are looking for students who are passionate about the study of music, open to many musical styles and cultures, and eager to cultivate their unique musical voice.

Students divide their time in the afternoons between music seminars and small non-conducted ensembles. Seminars, which are daily classes lasting six to eight weeks, focus on a wide range of musical topics including composition, electronic music and recording, theory, history, guitar technique and styles, and African music.

The small ensembles of the arts high school foster the development of a personal musical voice by enabling students to choose ensemble members and music, and by encouraging a collaborative approach to rehearsal. Ensembles typically include jazz bands, classical ensembles, rock bands, folk, and pop groups. Some ensembles write their own music while others arrange existing music for the instruments and voices in their group. Music generated in ensembles and in choir is performed during five concert series throughout the school year.

Music students are encouraged to participate in the Perpich choir in the fall, and in the music-theater production in the spring, both of which are open to all students.

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Arts High School

Plan your Visit

Are you thinking Perpich Arts High School might be the place for you? It’s a big decision, we know. We would welcome a visit from you to learn more! Check our schedule for Information Sessions or contact Admissions to plan a shadow day.

“Perpich is the best school for me because it provides a diverse student population, artistic environment and academic opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else in the state.”

Erika Beal, Literary Arts Student from Plymouth

“My teachers encourage me to push myself outside of my comfort zone and to always strive to better my art, never settling for good enough.”

Regan Dockery, Theater Student from Sartell

"Perpich is providing me with the opportunity to develop my art, and fulfill a potential which I might never have on my own. I decided to come to Perpich because I was an ugly duckling, and I’m glad I did because now I’m flying with the swans."

Naftalia Rose, Literary Arts Student from Crystal

"For 17 years I’d carried the bulk of my children’s education myself. Sending the two oldest away to Perpich was a huge step of faith and I have not been disappointed. The teachers, in particular, have been fabulous!"

Merri Mickelson, Parent

"[Perpich] was a hugely formative experience for me and I think gave me many of the tools to get to this point of, as you said, doing meaningful work that I love."

Andrew Edman, ‘05, Visual Arts

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