Lessons

Music for All

The department's MUS 149, 199, 249, 299 and 398 course offerings are made possible by the estate of Elsa Graefe Whitney, Class of 1918.

 

The Music department offers private Western Classical instruction in voice, piano, fortepiano, organ, harpsichord, harp, guzheng, violin, Baroque violin, viola, violoncello, double bass, viola da gamba, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, trumpet, recorder, lute, classical guitar, saxophone, percussion, and marimba.

The Music department offers private Jazz & World Music instruction in piano, violin, viola, guitar (electric and acoustic), bass (electric and acoustic), saxophone, flute, trombone, trumpet, percussion (Carribean and West African), drum set 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 MUS 99, 198, 199, 298, 299, 344 and 398. With the exception of MUS 344 and 398, auditions are ordinarily held at the start of fall semester. Please visit the Auditions information page for audition dates and times.

Arrangements for lessons are made at the department office during Orientation or the first week of fall semester. Students may begin private study in MUS 99 at the start of the second semester if space permits, but it is not recommended for MUS 198, 199, 298, and 299. Please direct questions about music lessons to Eliko Akahori, Director of the Music Performance Program, at eakahori@wellesley.edu, or Felicity Salmon, Music Program Coordinator, at felicity.salmon@wellesley.edu.

 

Music 99: Private Music Instruction (Non Credit)

Open to all students. Corequisite of MUS 100 during the same academic year, or exempted via the Music Theory Placement Evaluation (MTPE). Partial or full scholarships are available. Please contact Eliko Akahori for more information. An audition or initial meeting with the instructor is required prior to registration. Please note: Lessons are a full-year (two semesters) commitment. 

 

Music 149, 199, 249, 299, 398: Private Music Instruction (For Credit)

Credit for Performing Music at the 149, 199, 249, 299, and 398 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 MUS 149, 199, 249, 299 or 398. One academic music course must be taken each year as a corequisite in order to receive one credit in performing music. If a student must take MUS 100 as a result of the Music Theory Placement Evaluation (MTPE), this course counts as the corequisite for the first year of lessons. Please note: lessons are a full-year (two semesters) commitment.

Unless a student receives special permission, both semesters of performing music must be satisfactorily completed before credit can be counted toward the degree.  While the performance music courses may be repeated without limit, no more than four units of credit in these courses may be counted toward the Wellesley degree. Students who wish to take two or more simultaneous courses in performing music for credit must obtain special permission from the department.

Each Performing Music course has the option for a 45 or 60 minute lesson per week, to be determined by faculty and student. The Music Course Numbering and Guidelines are as follows (1.0 credit/year):

  • MUS 149: Private Instruction 1 (to be taken in first year of study)
  • MUS 199: Private Instruction 2 (Prerequisite MUS 149)
  • MUS 249: Private Instruction 3 (Prerequisite MUS 199)
  • MUS 299: Private Instruction 4 (Prerequisite MUS 249)
  • MUS 398: Capstone of the Jazz & World Music lesson program.
    • Promotion to this course will be determined by the jury panel.
  • MUS 344: Capstone of the Western Classical lesson program.
    • Promotion to this course will be determined by the jury panel. Description found below. 
 

Advanced Performance Seminar (Music 344)

The Advanced Performance Seminar (MUS 344) is directed each year by two members of the Performance 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. The work in this class culminates with the student presenting a full recital at the end of the academic year.

 

Evaluations and Juries (Exams)

There are two performance exams over the course of the academic year: an evaluation in December, and a jury in May. These exams are required for students taking lessons for credit. The exam forms will include a list of the criteria for judging the student’s performance. Feedback from various members of the Performance Faculty will be provided to the student.

 

Group Instruction in Music

Weekly group lessons in voice (classical or jazz/popular), acoustic guitar, and classical violin are available. Groups meet once a week for 10 weeks each semester at a cost of $150.

 

Fees

For students who register for performing music lessons for credit (MUS 149, 199, 249, 299, and 398), there is no lesson fee. Students who register for performing music lessons under MUS 99 are charged $1014 for a weekly 30 minute lesson per year and may register for 45 or 60 minute lessons at an additional charge. Partial scholarships are available to students taking MUS 99.

Students are expected to take private lessons on a yearly basis, although students must register each semester