Our summer program is for all creative young people (ages 9-18) interested in music, music improvisation, and music composition.

Tuition, room and board is $8,100.

Need-based financial aid is available.

This fee covers all meals, housing, instruction, concerts, coaching, lessons, supervision, laundry and recreation fees. This amount does not include transportation to and from the Walden School.

Prior experience in music composition or improvisation is not necessary, although we do require that students have completed at least 1 year of private instrumental instruction.

On occasion, for students 11 and under, we are able to consider a 2- or 3-week session, although there is no guarantee that we are able to provide this program. Students who have reached their 12th birthday by July 1 are not eligible for a shorter session. The Walden School does not offer a day-program option. All students must live on-campus in order to participate.

To apply, you must complete and send the following:
  • Application Form
  • Teacher Recommendation Form
  • $50 Application Fee (Non-refundable)
  • Short personal statement/essay

Optional: Financial Aid Application and Accompanying Tax Information
Optional: Recordings, scores, samples of creative work, etc

Submit your application

Payment Plans and Financial Aid

All admitted students, regardless of financial aid application status, are eligible to request an interest-free payment installment plan. A large percentage of students in 2017 received need-based financial aid, with award amounts ranging from 10-90%. The completed financial aid application and current year tax documentation are required to be eligible. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions regarding tuition and financial aid. The Walden School is committed to making this extraordinary experience affordable and possible for deserving students.


We knew that this experience was going to be good for our son, but we could never have imagined how good.

– Parent of a Young Musicians Program student

Apply for 2018 today!