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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

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only credit lessons will be offered during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Credit Lessons

Undergraduate music lessons

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only credit lessons will be offered during the 2020-2021 academic year. The pandemic and safety concerns related to lessons and practice spaces have forced the Yale School of Music to cancel the Non-Credit Lessons Program for this school year. 

Pending the results of online auditions and faculty availability, YSM will grant credit lessons to select students. Students may be required to play a final jury each semester and will receive a narrative final grade report along with a P or F grade. There is no additional charge for the lessons; 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, 217, 218, or 219. These courses may be taken prior to or concurrent with credit music lessons. Guidance for music theory placement is available on the Department of Music's web page.

All credit lessons will take place online

All students are encouraged to practice in their own rooms whenever possible, but students who cannot do so can sign up for practice rooms in the Adams Center for Musical Arts. The risk-mitigation measures being taken in the music buildings will severely cut down the number of hours available, and all practice time must be arranged in advance using ArtsVision. Students needing practice space should contact Professor Kyung Yu (kyung.yu@yale.edu), director of undergraduate lessons, to learn more about reservation procedures.

High quality USB microphones

Thanks to a generous donor, Yale College students taking credit lessons will be given access to high-quality USB microphones to use for their online lessons. While we all eagerly await the time when we can go back to having in-person lessons, these microphones provide greatly improved sound quality for online instruction. Microphones will be available to all students taking lessons for credit, whether they are in-residence or studying remotely.

The deadline to apply for spring semester credit lessons is Dec. 9, 2020.Students wishing to apply for credit lessons must fill out an application for lessons, which can be found here. New students will then be invited to upload an audition video on Canvas.

Non-credit lessons

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, non-credit lessons will not be offered during the 2020-2021 academic year.

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. Students can choose to receive six hours of non-credit 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 Department of Music. For information about applying for a scholarship, 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

Returning students must complete a Lesson Request Form. All students taking lessons for credit must also register for the class in their regular schedule and include any music theory co-requisites needed. Some studios require students to re-audition each year. Please contact Professor Kyung Yu (kyung.yu@yale.edu) for specific audition requirements for your instrument.

 

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 the fall or spring semester.

There is no charge for dropping lessons by the following dates:
September 11, 2020, for the fall term .

Students who drop lessons after this 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 Professor Kyung Yu ((kyung.yu@yale.edu) immediately if your instructor fails to keep lesson appointments.

Music Lessons Forms

Request an Audition

Music Lessons Request Form

Music Lessons Drop Form