The Patriarch Tikhon Russian-American Music Institute

An Innovative Approach
The PaTRAM curriculum offers an innovative approach to music learning. Orthodox musicians often lead very busy lives apart from their work for the Church, and so enrolling in a conventional music program is simply not an option for many. Using a groundbreaking combination of:

  • private lessons via video-conference
  • online virtual classrooms
  • guided independent study
  • certified third-party instruction
  • seasonal master classes

the PaTRAM curriculum makes it possible for working church musicians to increase their God-given talents at their own pace, under the tutelage of some of the foremost Orthodox professional musicians, and at a fraction of the cost of a conventional music program.

Effective and prayerful choir leadership requires a complex set of musical, liturgical, and personal skills. One of PaTRAM’s goals is to identify and quantify these skills, as a guide for practicing and aspiring choir directors who wish to improve their qualifications, and also for parish clergy and lay leaders who may be in the position of needing to evaluate and hire a competent choir director.