News | Nov 30

A partnership with City Academy

Gifted music school is thrilled to announce our newest partnership with City Academy charter school. Like our nationally-recognized GRIT program at Mountain View Elementary, we have teamed up with City Academy to provide a new standard in music education.


Gifted Music School @ City Academy is a dynamic and innovative program for students at City Academy with an interest in and aptitude for music. Integrated with City Academy’s academic curriculum, the program facilitates multiple paths of study that help students develop their musical skills and artistry without compromising rigorous academic standards. Students enrolled in the program have special access to Gifted Music School’s faculty, courses, equipment, and facilities during regular school hours.


A tuition-free public charter school for grades 7-12, City Academy's campus is located directly next to the Leon and Karen F. Peterson Building, opening up unique opportunities for partnership with Gifted Music School.


In addition to elective music offerings in choir and guitar, taught by GMS faculty, City Academy has expanded its partnership with Gifted Music School to include the following new programs:


  1. A music emphasis cohort program for 7th and 8th-grade students provides 7 hours of weekly high-quality music instruction from Gifted Music School faculty. Students enrolled in the cohort program receive instruction in Piano Fundamentals, Music Analysis, and Songwriting. These courses are graded, part of the regular school day, and students receive fine arts credits by taking these classes.
  2. Private lessons available in twelve instruments or voice are now provided at no cost to any City Academy student, grades 9-12 who request to study music. Lessons may be given during regular school hours or after school, depending on the students' interests and availability. Moreover, City Academy students receive the full Gifted Music School private lesson package and schedule at zero cost to the student.


City Academy’s mission is to engage students in rigorous investigative learning and active citizenship that equips them for success in college and in life. Gifted Music School's mission is to nurture artistry, character, and skills vital to a healthy community through exceptional comprehensive music education. 


As the partnership between Gifted Music School and City Academy continues to mature, the long-term vision for Gifted Music School @ City Academy is to provide students grades 7-12 with an exceptional musical education that, in tandem with City Academy’s unique academic offerings, sets students up to successfully matriculate into post-high school education of their choice – including any of the nation’s most selective music conservatories or prestigious academic universities and colleges.


If you are interested in registering or learning more about City Academy, please call (801) 596-8489 or visit