Center for Applied Music

In 1954, then Maryknoll President Miriam Thomas Thornton granted Ms. Gregoria Cayco permission to teach piano at the school which was then still located along Pennsylvania St. (now Leon Guinto) in Manila. 

Through the years, it has expanded in scope and size from an initial offering of piano lessons to that which includes a variety of other musical instruments and voice instruction.  Thus was born the Miriam College Center for Applied Music.

Today, the Center for Applied Music continually strives to be innovative in its programs by constantly updating and upgrading its facilities, services and course offerings that reflect the changing musical needs and persuasions of our esteemed students. We are the only academic institution in the Philippines affiliated with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, a London - based leading authority on musical assessment which our selected students take every year to certify their international standing.

Our Programs

Students who complete a year of study perform in a culminating activity at the end of each school year, held at the La Porte Hall of the Center for Applied Music. A concert venue that accommodates a seating capacity of 200 persons, the hall is acoustically sound thereby complementing the 2 full concert grand pianos housed in the theater.


The program is designed to teach the student keyboard proficiency and performance skills using varied repertoire form the Classical genre. Integrated in the program is the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM London) Curriculum where technical abilities, sight-reading skills and musicianship are examined every year for grade level promotions. 


The voice program teaches students proper breathing and vocal techniques to ensure good singing quality that befit their proper vocal range. Repertoire varies from Kundiman, to Classical, to Broadway and is an excellent course for people of all ages! ABRSM Voice Curriculum applies. 


The strings program includes lessons in violin, cello and guitar. Students are given the background of the instrument where traditional methods and techniques are combined with other methods such as the Japanese tradition of Suzuki. As the student progresses to a higher level, they are integrated into the chamber music program where they learn not just the rudiments of playing with other musicians but to foster sensitivity and musicianship as well. ABRSM Curriculum in Strings applies.


The courses offered in the winds program are the flute and the saxophone. As with the other instruments, students are taught basic skills in note-reading and blowing techniques that will have them playing soulful melodies in no time!


Our theory program reinforces the individual lessons of each student enrolled. The Music and Movement class is designed for the very young student in the pre-school age up to the early Grade School years. Activities are centered around the learning of musical concepts through experience in dance, singing and playing of rhythm and melodic instruments.

The older theory students are confined in a classroom setting where they are taught the rudiments of music such as sightreading and solfeggio. ABRSM in Theory Curriculum applies. 


We offer ensemble classes are in Strings, Rock Band Playing, Musical Theater for Children and Adults, and Keyboard. This group classes are aimed towards strengthening an early appreciation for all kinds of music, from pop standards to classical, set in a less formal, less rigid training format. Technical and sound facilities for these classes conform to the latest industry standards. 

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Contact Information

Center for Applied Music
Grade School Unit
Miriam College
Katipunan Avenue, Loyola Heights
Quezon City 1108 Philippines

(+632) 5805400 to 29 extn. 3580
Direct Line:
(+632) 4261822