Student musicians can enroll for studio instruction and meet weekly for lessons with a private teacher.

Studio instruction provides students a chance to hone their performance skills, with individual feedback and targeted instruction. A semester of performance study includes 14 lessons. First priority is given to students who are majoring or minoring in the music department, but in many cases, lessons are available to students of any major.

Performance Areas Offered

With more than 30 faculty members, students can take individual studio lessons in instruments from organ to euphonium.

  • Bassoon
  • Clarinet
  • Classical Guitar
  • Composition
  • Contrabass
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Improvisation**
  • Jazz Piano
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba
  • Viola
  • Viola da gamba
  • Violin
  • Violoncello
  • Voice


Music Colloquium

Studio instruction is supplemented with a required performance colloquium, which meets for one 50-minute period per week (MUS 499, 0 credits). The colloquium is required for music majors; non-majors enrolled in studio instruction are welcome to participate in the colloquium and are urged to do so.

Policies and Requirements for Studio Lessons

A number of guidelines structure the studio lessons program, including the number of credits a student should take and the process for registering for lessons. For more information, consult both the Handbook for Music Students, page 9, and the University Catalog, page 213.

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“In lessons, much of what we do is score analysis. We look at the notes and rhythms on the page and figure out why the composer wrote them that way. We also spend a lot of time working on aspects of performance, how we can make those thoughts and nuances dramatic enough that an audience can catch them.”