PRINCETON UNIVERSITY MUSIC DEPARTMENT
INDIVIDUAL STUDIO LESSONS
The Department of Music offers individual private lessons in all areas of instrumental and vocal study with our studio faculty. Appointed as Lecturers in the Department of Music, our faculty members are drawn from the leading performers and teachers of the region, and they cover all orchestral instruments, as well as jazz, piano, voice, and instruments specific to the early/baroque periods. A course of lessons normally incurs a fee (see below for exceptions), and in some areas (such as piano, violin, and voice) you will be required to audition.
The University pays a substantial subsidy toward the cost of all private lessons. In addition, there are two categories of students who receive a further subsidy, as follows:
i) Private lessons are fully subsidized in the major instrument of study for juniors and seniors who are pursuing a major in music, and for students who are admitted to the Certificate Program in Music Performance. Also, beginning in the fall of 2015, students in these two categories will have the option to earn academic credit for their lessons (see earning credit for your lessons below).
ii) Students who are members in good standing of the major departmental ensembles – Princeton University Orchestra, Glee Club/Chamber Choir, and Jazz Ensembles – will receive a 50% subsidy towards the cost of their lessons in their major instrument.
Please note that in all cases, the study of a second instrument will be charged to the student at the full rate (see below).
SIGNING UP FOR PRIVATE LESSONS
Detailed information about signing up is available in the Music Department Office, Room 301 Woolworth Center. New students are accepted for the spring semester.
We are now asking all students to sign for lessons with the Music Department during course registration during the previous semester (December for Spring semester; April for the following Fall semester). The process is managed entirely through the Music Department website as in the past; although we are asking you to sign the contract earlier, you will not billed for lessons (if relevant) until the following semester. As with your other Princeton courses, you will have the option of adding or dropping during the usual drop-add period. Students who are taking lessons for credit (an option available only to Music Concentrators and Certificate Students) must ALSO register for MUS 298 or MUS 299 through the registrar. The schedule for registration can be found here https://registrar.princeton.edu/events/
The billed amount will be:
$940 for 10 unsubsidized 1-hr lessons ($470 with ensemble subsidy)
$470 for 10 unsubsidized ½-hr lessons ($235 with ensemble subsidy)
EARNING CREDIT FOR YOUR LESSONS
If you are a qualified junior or senior (see above) and wish to earn credit for your lessons, after establishing a spot in your studio of choice you should register for MUS298 (fall) or MUS299 (spring).
Remember: you will need to take lessons for an entire year in order to earn a semester course credit ; all students will be required to perform a jury, usually scheduled during reading week.
Your teacher will provide you with the grading policy specific to his or her studio, but bear in mind that your grade will reflect three main elements:
i) your attendance
ii) an evaluation of your effort during and between your lessons
iii) your performance in end-of-year jury
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.