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The School of Music offers music lessons to students in Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the graduate professional schools.
Members of the Yale and New Haven communities who are not registered Yale students and wish to study with a School of Music student can submit a request here.
Instruction is available in the following areas: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Percussion, Harp, Piano, Organ, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass. An audition is required.
Students interested in Composition, Choral Conducting, and Orchestral Conducting will find classes in the Department of Music and in the School of Music offered each academic semester.
Most students will receive instruction from graduate students enrolled in the School of Music, and some will study with members of the School of Music faculty. Besides the credit lesson scholarships, there is a limited scholarship fund for undergraduate students who demonstrate musical potential, have financial need, and are taking non-credit lessons.
Students are enrolled in lessons in one of two ways:
- Lessons for credit
- Non-credit lessons for a fee
Lessons for credit are offered with faculty approval only, and certain undergraduate theory co-requisites (MUSI 210, 211, 218, 219) apply as detailed on the application form. Undergraduates applying for credit lessons should also see the Music Theory Placement FAQ.
Non-credit Instruction is offered at the following rates:
10 hours of lessons per semester: $550
6 hours of lessons per semester: $350
Declared music majors in their junior and senior years in Yale College may receive non-credit lessons at a discounted rate: 6 hours of lessons for free or 10 hours of lessons for $275 per semester.
Students taking lessons through the Yale School of Music will have their student accounts billed each semester. Please remember that teaching arrangements are made in the Fall for the entire academic year. Students will be billed in both the Fall and the Spring unless they file a drop form before the deadlines.
Teaching arrangements are made in the fall semester and apply to both the fall and spring semesters.
The application and audition period takes place during the first two weeks of the fall semester only.
ALL NEW STUDENTS MUST AUDITION.
The following RETURNING students must also re-audition:
- Pianists (Professor Yang’s studio only)
- Students who wish to move from non-credit to credit lessons
- Students who wish to audition for a faculty member
ALL other returning students need not re-audition but MUST submit a Lesson Contract to Richard Gard by email, or in person to Kelly Yamaguchi at the Leigh Hall front desk, no later than the second week of the semester.
Teaching arrangements are made in the Fall for the entire academic year. The Drop form must be submitted if the student does not intend to continue studying in either Fall or Spring semesters.
There is no charge for dropping lessons by the following dates: Friday, September 26, 2014 for the Fall term and Friday, January 30, 2015 for the Spring term. Students who drop lessons past these dates will NOT be reimbursed.
Refunds are not issued on a per-lesson basis for missed lessons. Lessons cannot be rolled-over from one semester to the next.
Please report to Richard Gard immediately if your instructor fails to keep lesson appointments.