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Music Lessons Program

The School of Music offers music lessons to students in Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the graduate professional schools.

Instruction is available in: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, harp, harpsichord, piano, organ, guitar, voice, violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

Students interested in composition, choral conducting, and orchestral conducting can find classes in the Department of Music and in the School of Music.

Eligibility + Information

Undergraduate Students

Registration for lessons is available only once per year.  Auditions occur prior to the start of the fall semester. Lesson students are required to be enrolled in the lesson program for the entire academic year. An audition is required for placement. Music lessons are taken on a credit or non-credit basis.

 

Credit Lessons

The music faculty awards credit lessons to students showing promise of a performance career or the ability to play at a graduate-school level within two years. Students must play a final jury each semester and receive a narrative final grade report along with a P or F grade. There is no additional charge for the lessons, but students enrolled for credit are also required to enroll in certain music theory and musicianship courses through the Department of Music: MUSI 100, 110, 200, 210, 211, 218, 219, and these courses may be taken prior to or concurrently with the music lessons. There is a mandatory Placement Exam offered twice per year. For more information, visit the FAQs.

If a student is accepted for Credit Lessons they must immediately register for the proper lessons course and any music theory co-requisite.

 

Non-credit Lessons

Non-credit lesson students are not required to take any music theory courses, are not required to play a final jury, and do not receive a final grade.  Non-credit lessons are offered either 6 hours of instruction per semester ($350) or 10 hours of instruction ($550). Undergraduate students who demonstrate musical potential and financial need are eligible for a scholarship from the Cynthia Redding White Dixon Memorial Fund through the Music Department. For information about applying for the scholarships please contact Kristine Kinsella.

There is no refund for lessons missed, and the full year will be charged unless students drop the lessons before the deadline using the Lesson Drop Form.

 

Returning Undergraduate Students

The following returning students must also re-audition:

  • Flutists
  • Cellists
  • Oboists
  • Clarinetists
  • Trombonists
  • Percussionists
  • Guitarists
  • Harpists
  • Vocalists
  • Students who wish to move from non-credit to credit lessons

If your studio does not require you to audition again each year you must still complete a Lesson Request Form. All students taking credit lessons must also register for the class in their regular schedule and include any music theory co-requisites needed.

Graduate Students

Private lessons are available to all graduate students. The type of lesson enrollment, cost, and credit are determined by the student’s school:

 

School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music concurrently enrolled at the School of Music

Students may take one Music Lesson Program instrument each semester as per their major.  No audition is required. There is no charge for the 6 hours of instruction per semester, but students are required to play a final jury. To receive lessons and get credit students must complete the following:

  1. Request a teacher using the Lesson Request Form
  2. Register for the proper course along with their other regular classes

Each lesson term is one semester; students must repeat both steps 1 and 2 above for each semester enrolled in the Music Lessons Program. If you drop your lessons, you must use the Lessons Drop Form before the stated deadline.

 

Yale Divinity School, Yale School of Drama, and Yale School of Art

Students may take one Music Lesson Program instrument each semester. No audition is required. There is a $200 fee for 6 hours of instruction per semester, and students may be required to play a final jury. To receive lessons and get credit students must complete the following:

  1. Request a teacher with the Lesson Request Form
  2. Register for the proper course in the school along with their other regular classes. Please check with your School’s Registrar for the proper course. If you do not register for the Music Lesson Program through your School your lessons are considered Non-credit and charged $350 per semester.

Each lesson term is one semester; students must repeat both steps 1 and 2 above for each semester enrolled in the Music Lesson Program. If you drop your lessons, you must use the Lesson Drop Form before the stated deadline. See your Registrar for procedures and charges specific to your School.

 

All Other Yale Graduate and Professional Schools

It is not possible to take private music lessons for credit. Students select Non-credit lessons of 6 hours ($350) or 10 hours ($550) per semester. Registration for graduate non-credit lessons is available only once per year. Auditions occur prior to the start of the fall semester.  Lesson students are required to be enrolled in the lesson program for the entire academic year. An audition is required for placement.

There is no refund for lessons missed, and the full year will be charged unless students drop the lessons before the deadline using the Lesson Drop Form.

Withdrawing from Lessons + General Policies

Teaching arrangements are made in the fall for the entire academic year. The Lessons 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:
September 21, 2019 for the fall term and January 25, 2020 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.

Music Lessons Forms

Request an Audition

Music Lessons Request Form

Music Lessons Drop Form