The department offers private instruction in voice, piano, fortepiano, organ, harpsichord, harp, violin, Baroque violin, viola, violincello, double bass, viola da gamba, flute (Baroque and modern), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, recorder, lute, classical guitar, saxophone, percussion, and marimba; and private jazz instruction in piano, violin, viola, guitar (electric and acoustic), bass (electric and acoustic), saxophone, flute, trumpet, trombone, percussion, drumset and voice. We will make every attempt to accommodate students wishing private instruction in instruments not currently taught. Information concerning auditions and course requirements for noncredit and credit study is given under listings for Music 99, 198, 199, 298, 299, and 344. Except for 344, auditions are ordinarily given at the start of the first semester.  Please visit the Auditions information page for audition dates and times.

Arrangements for lessons are made at the department office during Orientation of the first week of the semester. Students may begin private study in 99 (but not 198, 199, 298 or 299 ) at the start of the second semester if space permits.

Music 99: Non-credit private instruction

Open to all students: Corequisite of Music 100 during same academic year is exempted via the Music Theory Placement Evaluation or fulfilled in the same academic year in which the lessons begin. Several partial scholarships are available by application. An audition or an initial meeting with the teacher is required.

Music 198, 199, 298, 299: Performing Music for Credit Programs

Credit for performing music at the 198, 199 and 298, 299 levels is granted only for study with the department's performance faculty, not with outside instructors; the final decision for acceptance is based on the student's audition. One unit of credit is granted for a full year (2 semesters) of study in either 198, 199 or 298, 299. While the performance music courses (99, 198, 199, 298, 299, 344) may be repeated without limit, no more than four units of credit in these courses may be counted toward the degree. More than one course in performing music for credit can be taken simultaneously only by special permission of the department. An academic music course must be elected as a corequisite for each unit of credit in performing music. If a student must take MUS 100 as a result of the Placement Evaluation, this course counts as the corequisite for the first year of lessons.

The department's MUS 198, 199, 298 and 299 course offerings are made possible by the estate of Elsa Graefe Whitney, '18.

Music 344: Performance Workshop

The performance workshop is directed by Lois Shapiro and Gale Fuller with another member or members of the performing music faculty. It offers advanced students an opportunity to perform frequently in an informal setting before fellow students and faculty, to discuss repertoire and interpretation, and to receive constructive comments.


For students who: 1) have demonstrated financial need as determined by the Wellesley College Financial Aid Office; 2) are receiving financial aid from Wellesley College; and 3) are taking the normal length of lesson (45 minutes at the 198 and 199 level or one hour at the 298 and 299 level) there is no charge for Music 198, 199, 298 or 299. All other Music 198, 199, 298 and 299 students, while still given the full-length lesson, are charged $1014 per year (calculated as the rate for one half-hour lesson per week of the academic year). The 198 and 199 students who normally have 45 minute lessons may register for hour lessons for an additional charge. Students who contract for performing music instruction under Music 99 are charged $1014 for one half-hour lesson per week through both semesters, and may register for 45-minute or hour lessons for an additional charge. A few partial subsidies are available to students taking Music 99. A fee of $35 per year is charged to performing music students for the use of a practice studio. The fee for the use of a practice studio for fortepiano, harpsichord, and organ is $45. Music lessons at Wellesley involve a full-year commitment though lesson contracts are binding for each semester. Performing music fees are payable by September 30; no refunds will be made thereafter.

Group Lessons

Weekly group lessons in voice, classical guitar, percussion, viola da gamba, and Renaissance wind instruments are available at a fee of $150 per semester.