Fairmont & OCMD Pre-College Music Program

For Intermediate/Advanced Musicians Grades 6 – 12


Now Accepting Applications!



Program Highlights

•  Intermediate to Advanced Level
•  For Piano, Strings, and Winds
•  Sharpen Technique and Expand Repertoire
•  Ensemble and Performance Class 
•  Music Coaching and Accompaniment
•  Music Theory, Aural Skills, and Analysis

Requirements for Admission

The Fairmont and OCMD Pre-College Music Program creates an environment for young musicians to learn and grow together as they attend classes and participate in ensembles. The program is intended for students (grades 6 – 12) of any instrument who are serious about their studies and are looking for additional practice and class time in preparation for participation in events such as competitions, college auditions and school concerts.  Students should be at the intermediate to advanced level and learning the core repertoire for their instrument including sonatas, etudes/showpieces and concertos.  This program is intended as a supplement to weekly lessons with a private instructor.

The curriculum includes four classes: Music Coaching, Music Skills Class, Ensemble and Performance Class.


Music Coaching

Much of the advanced repertoire includes piano accompaniment with the solo instrument part.  Having a regular coaching with a pianist allows the soloist to work on the piece as a whole.  The piano coach will work on ensemble, accuracy, effective practice approaches, musical expression and pacing.  Working with a pianist is a good complement to private lessons as the accompaniment part includes the underlying harmonies and provides the soloist context to understand how to interpret their melodies.  Collaboration with a pianist also helps improve both pitch and rhythmic accuracy and develops a stronger sense of pulse.  Piano participants will focus on concerto repertoire and sight-reading skills.


Music Skills

The music skills class teaches music like a language.  It will have three main components: Theory, Aural Skills and Analysis. In Music Theory, the students learn to write and recognize elements of music including key signatures, scales, chords, harmonic progression, form and rhythms. In Aural Skills, students learn to write and perform music components in real time through sight-singing and dictation.  In Analysis, students apply concepts learned in music theory to the standard repertoire and observe how their use evolved over time.  This practical approach will assist students in understanding the structure and meaning of the repertoire they are learning.


Ensemble and Performance Class

The ensemble and performance classes allow students to take what they have learned academically and put it to use in a practical way by arranging, rehearsing and performing as soloist or in an ensemble. Playing in an ensemble encourages one to expand their expressive and communicative capabilities as a musician.  The performance class provides the opportunity to practice performing in a safe environment of their peers.  The shared experiences foster meaningful relationships and create a sense of community with all involved.


Fairmont Pre-College Weekly Schedule

Mon/Wed/Fri: 1PM – 4PM. Classes and coaching take place at OC Music & Dance in Irvine. 



  HOUR 1 Music coaching and Individual Practice Music coaching and Individual Practice Music coaching and Individual Practice
  HOUR 2 Music Skills Class Music Skills Class Music Skills Class
  HOUR 3 Ensemble Ensemble Performance Class


Admission Guidelines

Acceptance into the Fairmont and OCMD Pre-College Music Program is by audition only.  Interested applicants should be currently training at an intermediate to advanced level in their instrument of choice.

To apply, visit https://www.fairmontschools.com/music-dance-academy/.  The Fairmont Pre-College Music Program is only open to students who are enrolled at Fairmont Schools.


Video Audition Requirements

All applicants must submit an audition video. Panelists are looking for technical range, expressiveness and musicality.

· Your video auditions must include a movement from a sonata or concerto and one contrasting work, performed from memory, without editing or interruption.

· Each piece should be recorded as a separate file and identified by the composer and composition.