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Private Lesson Information

Thank you for your interest in private lessons! As a liberal arts university, the Music Program believes that all Eastern students should have the opportunity to continue their musical studies in the college setting.  We offer a variety of courses and ensembles available to all Eastern students, many of which fulfill various requirements of the Liberal Arts Core curriculum.

Private lessons are available for qualifying minor, non-majors, and non-matriculated students in addition to all music majors. In order to be successful in private lessons at the collegiate level, students must have previous musical experience and be able to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency on their instrument/voice.

Approval for private lessons is at the discretion of Music Program and Audition Committee and is based on a number of factors, including the demonstration of an appropriate level of playing ability and openings in existing private studios. An application and audition for private study is a requirement for all Music Minors, Non-Majors, and Non-Matriculated students.

Eligibility:

Music Majors (all concentrations):  Music Majors are eligible to take up to two MUS 356 (Private Lesson) and/or MUS 456 (Advanced Private Lessons) per semester. In order to be eligible for instruction on a second instrument (keyboard skills exempt, as it is a graduation requirement) students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and receive advisor approval.

Music Minors:  Music Minors are eligible to apply for one MUS 356 (Private Lesson) per semester. Music Minors must complete an application form for an audition to be considered for private lesson study. The audition will be held at the very beginning of each semester.  If approved, the audition committee will recommend 30-minute (1.5 credit) or 60-minute (3 credit) instruction based on a student’s current level of ability and the availability of resources. Approval for lessons is at the sole discretion of Audition Committee.

Non-Majors/Non-Matriculated Students:  Non-Majors/Non-Matriculated students are eligible to apply for one MUS 356/30-minute Private Lesson (1.5 credit) instruction per semester. Non-Majors/Non-Matriculated students must complete an application form for an audition to be considered for private lesson study. The audition will be held at the very beginning of each semester. Approval for lessons is at the sole discretion of Audition Committee.

**Once approved for lessons, students need not re-audition as long as they complete the requirements below and are recommended for continuation by their private lesson instructor and jury panel.

Lesson Policies and Expectations:
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  • All students enrolled in private lesson instruction will complete 2 public solo performances each semester. Performances must be on campus and take place at Music Program sponsored events.
  • All students enrolled in private lesson instruction MUST be active participants in at least 1 University Ensemble (MUS 103, MUS 107, or MUS 113) on their primary instrument. Students enrolled in piano as a means of preparing for the Keyboard Proficiency Exam are exempt from this policy.
  • Students in 30-minute instruction are expected to engage with course materials for a minimum of 4.5 hours outside of their lesson and ensembles. Students in 60-minute instruction are expected to engage with course materials for a minimum of 9 hours outside of their lesson and ensembles. This may include traditional practice time, research and writing a program note, translations or phonetic transcription, memorization work, etc.
  • All private lesson students are required to perform an end-of-semester jury for a panel of MUS faculty.

How to apply (instructions for all Minors, Non-Majors, and Non-Matriculated Students):

Step 1:  Complete the Application for Private Lessons (application must be submitted by Thursday, Jan 23rd, 5:00pm)

Step 2:  Complete an Audition (Spring auditions will be held on Friday, Jan 24th)

  • During the first week of classes for Spring 2020, a google doc will be  sign-up sheet for auditions in the Performing Arts Department Office FAIC 244
  • All applicants are asked to prepare 1 piece (or excerpts from band or orchestra music) that demonstrates their current level of technical and musical proficiency. For auditions requiring accompaniment, a pianist will be provided (please bring 1 clean copy of your music for the pianist).
  • Each audition will last approximately 5 minutes.

If you have any questions about the process or requirements outlined above, please do not hesitate to contact the Music Program Chair (Dr. Okon Hwang, hwango@easternct.edu).

Studio and Instructor information:

For all other instrumental studies, please contact Okon Hwang (Chair of Music Program)