Oberlin’s Private Lesson Referral connects Oberlin College students and community members with conservatory student teachers who provide private lesson instruction.

Private lesson instruction is available on most instruments for a fee paid directly to the student teachers. Current Oberlin students wishing to take secondary lessons for college credit should visit the Secondary Lessons website

For Community Members and Students

Community members and Oberlin Students interested in hiring a private lesson instructor are required to submit an inquiry form

Please be prepared to indicate your instrument, experience level, lesson length, and frequency preference, as well as your contact information. If any of our student teachers are available to provide private lesson instruction, we will connect you with the student via email to coordinate scheduling, fee, and any additional details. While we are able to fill most requests that come through the office, the Private Lesson Referral cannot guarantee that every opportunity will be filled.

For Conservatory Students

Students interested in teaching private lessons must be approved by their studio teacher and are required to attend an Orientation Session with the director of professional development. During the orientation, students will learn about the internal listing procedure, how to create a payment agreement, and other logistical considerations of private teaching. Students are expected to uphold the highest level of professionalism and teaching standards as representatives of Oberlin Conservatory. Contact the Office of Professional Development if you are interested or have any questions at Dana.Jessen@oberlin.edu.

If you have any questions about the Private Lesson Referral, please email gigs@oberlin.edu .