Request for Lessons and Ensembles

Complete this form to express your interest in lessons and ensembles.

Private lessons are available for voice, piano, jazz piano, guitar, organ, harpsichord, conducting and most orchestral instruments. Lessons may be taken with or without academic credit. Fees apply, but are waived for majors. Credit lessons have co-requisites. See below for details.

Noncredit Lessons

  • Auditions: None. No experience necessary.
  • Fees:

$335 for twelve 30-minute lessons
$500 for twelve 45-minute lessons
$670 for twelve 60-minute lessons

Fees are billed through Student Financial Services and are non-refundable after the end of the registration period.

Credit lessons

  • Credit: Credit lessons award 1/2 credit per semester for 12 private 60-minute lessons per semester, or the equivalent
  • Fees: A private lesson fee of $500 per semester will be billed through Student Financial Services. The fee is waived for declared music majors.
  • Auditions: Basic proficiency is required for credit lessons. Contact an instructor to schedule an audition.
  • Co-requisites: To earn academic credit for lessons, students must also take one additional course in the Music Department each year. See schedule of co-requisites below.
  • Practice: 6 hours of practice are required weekly
  • Exams: Credit lessons require a performance exam, which will be scheduled during Exam week.  As with other college exams, attendance is mandatory, and students should contact their instructor to learn the exam date before scheduling any end-of-semester travel plans.

Pre-/Co-requisites for credit lessons

To earn academic credit for lessons, students must also take one additional course in the Music Department each year. Co-requisites must be taken before or during the 2nd, 4th, and 6th semesters of credit study.

  • 2nd semester: Musc 114 or Musc 115 or any 200-level Music course
  • 4th semester: Musc 115
  • 6th semester: Musc 115 and any 200-level Music course

It is recommended that students take Musc 114-Musc 115 as a sequence during their first year of lessons. If you are not able to meet the co-requisites in your 2nd, 4th, and 6th semesters of credit study, you should instead take non-credit lessons until you can meet the requirements. Contact the Director of Performance with any questions.

To learn which Theory course is best for you, take the Theory Placement test.

Further Details on Lessons

Auditions and placement: To qualify for performance study with academic credit, a student must meet with the instructor. Placement auditions are scheduled during orientation and may also be scheduled privately with the instructor at the start of each semester. Levels of study are assigned by the instructor.

Beginners: A minimum level of proficiency is required to receive college credit for lessons. Beginners should take non-credit lessons until they qualify for credit lessons. The exception is Music Majors, who may take beginning lessons at the 000 level.

Group lessons: Depending on student interest, group lessons may be offered for voice and some instruments. Class size is limited to four to six students and the students will share the fee for one-hour, noncredit lessons. Offering of group lessons is contingent on the number of students interested and their level of play.

Major declaration: Students may normally declare a music major as early as the second semester of their first college year. First-semester freshman may contact the Music Department Chair for permission to declare their major early, provided that  they have exceptional music background, are enrolled in Wheaton’s music classes, and can demonstrate commitment to majoring in music.

Multiple lessons:  While lessons on a secondary instrument are permitted, triple lessons require the approval of the Director of Performance. To be eligible, students must have received As (not A-) in two simultaneous lessons taken during their previous semester of lessons.

Off campus lessons: Students must assume the cost of credit or noncredit lessons taken off campus.

Registration: Registration for all lessons, whether for credit or not, is administered via completion of “yellow cards,” which are available from the Registrar, from the Music Department, or from the instructors of lessons. Yellow cards require both student and instructor signatures and should be submitted to Vicki Toppses in the Watson Fine Arts administrative office, Watson 101 by the Add/Drop deadline.

Questions: Contact the Director of Performance, Ann Sears.

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