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About the Pre-College Program:

The goal of the Fried Music Pre-college Program is to immerse young musicians of all backgrounds in an inspirational and motivational musical environment. The conservatory-style program will facilitate musical maturity through weekly performances, chamber music, orchestra, and theory classes. The Pre-College Program is offered under full scholarship and acceptance is based on the audition. Scholarship retainment is contingent on the students’ attendance, class participation, and artistic preparation.

Schedule is subject to some adjustment but will always consist of classes in the morning and performance based work in the afternoon. Students are expected to attend the full day.

Absences can be made on a case-by-case basis but must be infrequent and administration should be notified as soon as possible.

Sample schedule (subject to change):
10:00am - 10:30am Inspiration (ie. discussing topics such as stage fright, practice tips, avoiding injury, etc)
10:30am -11:20am Theory Class
11:30am - 12:00pm Ear Training Class
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch Break
12:45pm - 2:15pm Chamber Music Rehearsal/Coaching
2:30pm - 4:30pm Masterclass/Orchestra (pianists will be attending guest artist masterclasses and/or an in-studio performance class)
*7:00pm Concert

*Events will occur on specific dates to be released on our calendar.

Pre-College sponsored concerts (either by faculty or students) will take place Saturday evenings. Attendance is mandatory, unless administration is notified of a rare exception.

Important Dates 2022-2023:

August 28: Auditions
September 7: Parent/Student Orientation
September 10: First day of Pre-College
November 26: Thanksgiving Break
December 10: Final Concert
January 14: First day of spring semester
*Important dates in 2023 are TBD.


For general inquiries email

Dean of Pre-College
Director of Strings and Co-Founder of Fried Music
Ben Fried

Artistic Director of Pre-College
Director of Piano and Co-Founder of Fried Music
Connie Kim-Sheng -

Head of Admissions of Pre-College
Operations Manager at Fried Music
Tiffany Chung -

About Fried Music

Fried Music emerged out of a love for musical performance and pedagogy. After seeing the massive potential for growth in their own students, Dr. Ben Fried and Dr. Connie Kim-Sheng felt that frequent performance opportunities, chamber music, and academic classes are also essential in encouraging musicians to reach a professional standard. Fried Music is a manifestation of what the founding pair felt was missing: a vibrant space for performance, education, community, and inspiration located in the heart of downtown Alhambra.


In this fast-paced world of the digital age, acoustic music remains a vibrant source of joy, warmth and connection. Our esteemed faculty have dedicated their lives to music and have found purpose through the passionate pursuit of excellence. After studying at top conservatories around the world and working with the most preeminent pedagogues in music, our faculty strives to continue their teachers’ legacy by imparting timeless wisdom to their students. The passion for music is the motivation that transforms a student into an artist. At Fried Music, we believe that, no matter their background, every music student deserves the chance to reach their highest potential.


Every member of our faculty has received music performance degrees from prestigious institutions around the country, including Colburn, USC Thornton School of Music, Eastman School of Music, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College of Music, New England Conservatory, the Juilliard School, UT Austin Butler School of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, among others. They have performed internationally as soloists and chamber musicians, and are active pedagogues and performers in the greater Los Angeles area.


Located in downtown Alhambra on 2nd Street, our school features several practice rooms with upright pianos, teaching studios, and a renovated recital hall that houses a brand new Shigeru Kawai grand piano. Students will be able to rehearse, perform, and take lessons in both larger and smaller spaces, challenging their abilities to adapt their sound to new environments.

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