The RI Philharmonic Music School

The RI Philharmonic Music School will be closed Monday, September 1 in observance of Labor Day.
Welcome Back! As we prepare for the new school year, please note that new inquiries and placements may experience a delay. We appreciate your patience and look forward to a great year!

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School encourages lifelong engagement with music through comprehensive music education and community partnership programs taught by orchestra members and other outstanding faculty. We prioritize artistry and education equally. Quality, access, diversity and collaboration are core values. If you have any questions, contact us at 401-248-7001 or cartercenter@riphil.org.

About Us

We teach all kinds of music. We offer a huge selection of education opportunities that include jazz, rock, folk, Caribbean, chamber music classes and large and small ensembles. We offer private lessons on over 30 instruments as well as voice. Our outstanding youth orchestra program and our wind ensembles, chamber music program and jazz ensembles are all remarkable. In 2011 we added a state-of-the art 18-station electronic keyboard lab which opens up new exciting opportunities for our students. Our students come from virtually every community in the state, nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut.

We have exceptional faculty and award winning programs. The Philharmonic Music School has over 70 dedicated teachers on our faculty, with degrees from some of the finest music schools in the world. We match students with the teacher that will best meet the student’s needs, personally and musically. The quality of our programs has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and the President’s Commission on the Arts & Humanities.

The Philharmonic Orchestra presents 4 education concerts at the VETS in April and we have several ensembles who perform at schools and community centers throughout the year.

In September 2008, we opened the Carter Center for Music Education & Performance at 667 Waterman Avenue in East Providence, conveniently located of I-195 (Exit 8). This state-of-the-art facility has 31 private studios, an 18-station electronic keyboard lab, an early childhood, suzuki & music therapy wing; a jazz, rock & blues wing & 2 large recital-rehearsal halls. The Carter Center is the largest and newest dedicated community music school facility in New England. We also offer lessons at our East Greenwich Branch in a welcoming, well equipped environment.

The Music School has built valuable Community Partnerships with schools, neighborhood centers and local housing and social service agencies, making it possible to bring music education to people throughout the state.

We provide generous financial aid. We support the families of students under the age of 18 who cannot afford to fully finance music instruction.

We have a rich history of music education. The Youth Orchestra programs began in 1956. Lessons, chamber music and jazz/rock/blues programs began in 1986 under the auspices of the independent “Music School,” which merged with the Philharmonic in 2000. We are a member of both the 230-school National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts and the League of American Orchestras.