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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 lesson.

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 examination period.

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 activities.
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