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Pre-College Education Programs

High School Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are eligible for our most intensive programs - the half day Pre-College program, and the 3 day Transitions program. These programs are intensive study programs in musical theater for students who plan to attend college with a major in the performing arts. If you are unsure of your student's placement (just turning 13, etc) please give us a call or send us an e-mail and we will be happy to talk over the best options for your student. No prior experience is required for entrance into our programs.

Transitions Program

Monday & Thursday, 4:00pm - 8:30pm and Saturday, 9:00am - 3:30pm

This program is an intensive study program in musical theater for high school students who lan to attend college with a major in the performing arts.

The Pre-College Program - Transition division is a unique opportunity for students to remain a full time high school student while still receiving superior, comprehensive musical theater training from a dedicated and caring professional faculty.

Topics of Instruction
  • Acting
  • Ballet
  • Choreography
  • Costume Design
  • Directing
  • Jazz
  • Monologue Technique
  • Music Rep.
  • Set Design
  • Sight Singing
  • Tap
  • Technical Theater
Tales and Treats Theater Company

The students of the Pre-College and Transitions programs run their own children's theater company. In the fall semester they produce 30 minute shows for community children in our own Gargaro theater. The students serve as the writers, directors, choreographers, designers and technical staff as well as perform on stage in these shows.

Example Curriculum

Subject to change on a per semester basis, but typically transitions students experience the following:

  • Music Repertory - 1.5hrs
  • Ballet - 1.5hrs
  • Jazz - 1.5hrs
  • Acting - 1.5hrs
  • Ballet - 1.5hrs
  • Jazz - 1.5hrs
  • Acting - 1.5hrs
  • Jazz - 1.5hrs
  • Tales & Treats / Tales on Tour Theater Company - 3hrs

Pre-College Program

Monday – Friday, 1:30pm - 5:00pm

For nearly a decade, Pittsburgh Musical Theater's Pre-College Program has served as a pathway to Broadway, feature films, and University training. Graduates have matriculated at Yale, CMU, NYU, Boston Conservatory, Florida State University, Penn State, Point Park and many others. The Pre-College program offers advanced classes for students with "Broadway Dreams."

Topics of Instruction
  • Acting
  • Audition Techniques
  • Ballet
  • Improv
  • Jazz
  • Monologue Technique
  • Music Theater Rep.
  • Music Theory
  • Piano Lab
  • Playwriting
  • Script Analysis
  • Sight Singing
  • Stage Management
  • Tap
  • Technical Theater
  • Voice & Speech

Individualized study options also available.



Please call us (412.539.0900) or e-mail (info@pittsburghmusicals.com) for our current rates.

Please note: Once tuition has been paid, it is non-refundable. We will be happy to hold a credit for up to one calendar year and will apply your unused tuition to future classes.

Past Participating Schools
  • Bethel Park
  • Blackhawk
  • Canevin
  • Elizabeth Forward
  • Fayette Township
  • Fox Chapel
  • Franklin Regional
  • Gateway
  • Hampton
  • Highlands
  • Montour
  • North Allegheny
  • North Hills
  • Penn Hills
  • Peters Township
  • Pine Richland
  • Pittsburgh Public
  • Quaker Valley
  • Ringgold
  • Seton-LaSalle
  • South Hills Christian
  • Sto-Rox
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • West Mifflin

Prices current for the 2016-2017 School Year