The Department of Music manages a program for the study of vocal and instrumental performance for all students. Departmental concentrators are expected and students in the Program in Musical Performance are required to pursue some kind of performance study and therefore the department subsidizes the entire cost of weekly lessons taken with teachers under contract with the department. Partial subsidies, one-half the cost of lessons, are available to other students who are participating either in the Glee Club (Concert Choir), Orchestra, or Jazz Ensembles.
Princeton's studio teachers regularly perform with the leading professional groups and teach at the major music schools in the New York area. These include the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Metropolitan Opera, New York New Music Ensemble, and the Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music.
Contracts are signed for 10 lessons a semester at a rate of $86/hour. Student accounts are billed in October for the fall semester and February for the spring semester and subsidy, subject to the teacher's evaluation and approval, is credited at the end of each term.
Practice room keys and instrument lockers are accessible to students. A $20.00 non-refundable fee will be charged to a student’s account for each of the keys not returned by the end of the school term and a $20.00 fee to replace a lost key.