School of Music & Fine Arts

About Us

Patrick Clifford director of the Music Preparatory Program at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida's Top Christian College.
Palm Beach Atlantic University’s School of Music and Fine Arts Preparatory Department welcomes children ages 5 to 18 who have a sincere desire to make music a profound part of their lives.
Programs for all ages and levels are designed to nurture each student’s innate musicality, leading to the satisfaction and personal rewards that come from accomplishment and sharing. Emphasis is placed on private instruction in addition to classroom and ensemble experience. It is often in making music with others that our deepest sense of fulfillment is found. The faculty and staff of the Preparatory Department are committed to providing each student with the course of study best suited to his or her musical needs. We sincerely hope that you will find a musical home and family within our walls. 

The Preparatory Department is known throughout South Florida for its level of excellence, emphasizing serious, professional training for the pre-college student. However, we know that there are other pre-college students who are not necessarily preparing for careers as professional musicians but will be the audience and amateur musicians of the future. These students also are encouraged to participate. Through early musical training, these individuals may come to an appreciation of music and an understanding of its relevance to their lives.
It is the goal of the Preparatory Department to provide each student with a stimulating environment best suited to his or her age and education level. The PBA community provides a wealth of musical and educational resources to augment music lessons. Inspiration can be drawn from orchestral, and chamber music concerts, opera and faculty recitals of the highest caliber. PBA's Warren Library has an outstanding collection of books, CDs and videos for children in its collection. It also offers the latest in technology and an extensive collection of videos, CD’s, and reference materials for young people and adults.

Whether you are considering making music part of your child’s curriculum or have an advancing young student who shows promise I invite and encourage you to explore our website and feel free to contact me for an appointment or further information.

Patrick Clifford
Preparatory Department Director 


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