Many arts and sciences students come to Oberlin with a strong musical background and wish to continue private study on an instrument. We refer to this as applied study, private study, or applied lessons. The Applied Study course takes several forms and students may take the course as non-credit or for credit.
Students in the Conservatory of Music and the performance emphasis of the Musical Studies Program take principal private study for a minimum of four credit hours per semester. Many students choose to audition for secondary applied lessons.
Auditions occur during the first week of classes each semester. After the audition, faculty members make recommendations for placement with a faculty teacher if space permits, in the supervised student teacher program, or in the approved student teacher program. Students placed for secondary study with a faculty member or a supervised student teacher receive two credits for the secondary lessons. Students recommended for placement in the approved student teacher program do not receive credit for the lessons and contract with the student teacher for $7.50 per half-hour session.
Teachers in the supervised student teacher and the approved student teacher programs use the practice rooms in Robertson Hall in the Conservatory of Music to work with students enrolled in the Applied Study course.
Learn more about Applied Study.
Learn more about Secondary Private Study.