Auditing. Students may audit courses with a lecture or modified
lecture format, with the consent of the instructor. Auditing of courses
where emphasis is on student participation and skill development (e.g.,
private applied or composition instruction, ensembles, aural skills
courses) is not permitted.
Private Reading. For students enrolled in Oberlin degree programs
who wish to study individually and in-depth a topic not covered in
the regular curriculum, the option of a one-to-one tutorial is available.
This work is at an advanced level in a specific field and is coordinated
with a member of the faculty who has agreed to supervise the study,
and who possesses expertise in the area in which the private reading
is being undertaken.
Approval for a private reading course depends on the following conditions:
1. The student shall have completed the basic courses pertinent to
the subject matter of the private reading. As a rule, only juniors
and seniors are eligible to undertake private reading courses.
2. The subject matter of the private reading course may not duplicate
the work of a regular course.
3. The student is limited to one private reading course per semester
for no more than three credit hours.
4. Private applied and composition study lessons, ensemble playing,
other forms of musical performance, and work in elementary and intermediate
aural skills may not count as a private reading course.
5. Normally, the faculty supervisor for a private reading course
should be a faculty member other than a student's own applied
or composition study teacher.
6. Approval for a private reading course must be given by the student's
advisor, the faculty member supervising the project, and the Assistant
Dean in the Conservatory.
Studio Change Policy. Any student in a multi-studio department
who wishes to request a change of studio must first schedule an appointment
with the Assistant Dean in the Conservatory to discuss the rationale
for such a request. If a possible change seems warranted, the Assistant
Dean will request that the student meet with the current teacher to
attempt to resolve any conflicts, and, if both the student and teacher
agree that the teaching relationship cannot continue, the teacher
will sign the change of studio form. The student will take the signed
form to the Office of the Associate Dean. The Assistant Dean will
make every attempt to place the student in another studio on a space-available
basis. Students should not approach another faculty member with a
request to change into his or her studio until the above steps have
been taken. Normally, studio changes take effect only at the beginning
of a semester. Studio Change Requests for the fall semester must be
made by June 1.
Supervised Student Teaching Program. Each semester a number
of students are recommended by their private study teachers to participate
in this program. Students selected give private instruction to Conservatory
and Arts and Sciences students who have been approved following an
audition for secondary private study. The Associate Dean in the Conservatory
administers the program in consultation with the Applied Studies administrative
assistant. The work of the student teacher is closely supervised by
his or her own private study teacher or an appointed faculty member.
The student teacher receives a remuneration of $7.00 per weekly half-hour
Student teachers of piano are required to have completed or be currently
enrolled in APST 210 (Intermediate Piano Pedagogy).
The faculty supervisor is expected to meet with his or her student
teachers and the students assigned to them during the first two weeks
of the semester. After hearing students perform, the faculty supervisor
discusses with them and their student teachers what goals might be
realistic for the semester's work.
The faculty supervisor is expected to hear the students assigned to
student teachers in his or her studio at least once later in the semester.
This hearing may take the form of an appearance in the regularly scheduled
studio class or in a special meeting with students and student teachers.
At the close of the semester, students and student teachers meet with
the faculty supervisor to perform some material prepared during the
course of the semester. This would logically take place during the
Grades are assigned by the student teacher in consultation with the
faculty supervisor. Voice lessons with student teachers are offered
for Pass/No Pass grading only.
Approved Student Teaching Program. The Applied Studies administrative
assistant maintains a list of students recommended by their private
study teacher as qualified to give instruction in voice or on their
instrument. These students are authorized to give private instruction
to interested Conservatory and Arts and Sciences students, as well
as individuals not connected with Oberlin College, using Conservatory
facilities in Robertson Hall.
No credit is offered for such study. The remuneration, paid directly
to the student teacher, is $7.00 per half hour. This rate must be
charged and may not be exceeded.
Student Teaching. Only students in the Supervised Student Teaching
program or the Approved Student Teaching program are permitted to
give instruction using Conservatory facilities.
Extracurricular Performances. Before engaging in any extracurricular
performances a student must secure permission from his or her principal
advisor. This rule applies to all solo performances, special ensemble
work, and accompaniments within the Conservatory as well as outside