Secondary Private Lessons (PVST - Private Study) are open to enrolled conservatory, double-degree, and arts and sciences students. Auditions and Consent Requests take place each semester during the first week of classes for new and returning students.

Many conservatory programs and divisions offer private study lessons for credit or non-credit. We refer to these as Secondary Lessons. Faculty- or student-taught lesson placements may be based on audition, skill, and or availability of teachers within the division. There are no prerequisites for secondary lessons. Students must have two credits of room in their schedule in order to audition for secondary lessons for credit with either a student or faculty instructor. 

Completion of music theory and aural skills is not a requirement of arts and sciences or conservatory students prior to registration for secondary lessons. Artist Diploma students (ADIP) are not permitted to register for secondary lessons due their underload credit restriction.

Spring 2021: Please Note - New Secondary Lesson students will not be able to register for lessons until January after they apply, audition, and receive consent durign the first week of classes. Consent and teacher assignments will begin during the second week of class just prior to the Add/Drop deadline. An Application and Audition link will be posted here January 2021. 

Visit the Conservatory Policies and Procedures web page for information regarding off-campus travel, dress codes, as well as practice room, keys, locker assignments, and COVID-19 FAQ Updates.

Who Do I Contact?

Consent, Registration, and Teacher Assignments
     Jennifer Gendics, Bibbins 113, x58200
Non-Credit Lessons and Secondary Audition Schedules
     Cindy Shairba, Bibbins 126, x58198
Practice Rooms & Keys
     Julie Baker, Kohl Building 200, x56633
Secondary Instrument Rentals 
     Anna Schiff, Central 33, x58272
Secondary Jazz Information
     Julie Baker, Kohl Building 200, x56633
Student Teacher Pay/Time Cards
     Irene Harris, Con Annex 224, 55530

Faculty Instructors & Sponsors:

Auditions take place during the *first week of classes. For additional information regarding the audition process, contact the faculty instructor:

Bassoon: Professor Drew Pattison , Kohl Building 137, x55525
Composition: Professor Stephen Hartke , Kohl Building 312, x55286
Flute: Professor Alexa Still , Conservatory Bibbins 141, x58260 
Guitar (Classical): Professor Stephen Aron , Robertson 169, x56468
Harp: Professor Yolanda Kondonassis , Kohl Bldg 137, x58033  
Note: Students interested in harp are usually asked to attend a meeting the first week of each semester. They will not audition, but will be given a syllabus, secondary study expectations, and assignment to a student teacher. Bring your consent form!
Harpsichord: Professor Mark Edwards , Conservatory Bibbins 134, x58216
Historical Performance: Professor David Breitman , Bibbins 104, x58215
Horn: Professor Jeffrey Scott , Conservatory Bibbins 142, x58246
Oboe: Professor Robert Walters , Conservatory Bibbins 135, x58211
Jazz Bass: Professor Gerald Cannon , Kohl Building 209, x58109
Jazz Guitar: Professor Bobby Ferrazza , Kohl Building 215, x58274
Jazz Piano: Professor Daniel Wall , Kohl Bldg. 225, x58791
Jazz Trombone/Comp: Professor Jay Ashby , Kohl Building 215, x56172
Jazz Voice: Professor La Tanya Hall, Kohl Building 217, x56674
Jazz (Other Instruments): Julie Baker , Kohl Building 200A-K, x56675 
Note: Jazz audition information and sign-up sheets can be found on the Jazz Studies Board on the 2nd floor of the Kohl Building; or outside Bibbins 113.
Organ: Professor Jonathan Moyer , Bibbins 132, x58210
Percussion: Professor Michael Rosen , Conservatory Central 38, x58271
Note: auditions for percussion take place in Central 38. Central is the corridor between the conservatory library and the Robertson practice wing of the building.
Percussion: Professor Jamey Haddad , Conservatory Central 34, x58282
Note: If he assigns email permission for lessons, you will need to print and attach a hard copy to your official lesson audition/consent form prior to submitting it to CBIB 113.
Piano: Professor Andrea McAlister , Conservatory Robertson 127 or 340, x56155
Recorder/Historical Flute: Professor Michael Lynn , Conservatory Robertson 137, x58225
Strings: Professor Peter Slowik , Conservatory Bibbins 333, x58248
Timara (Tech): Professor Tom Lopez , Bibbins Basement, Studio 8
Trombone: Professor John Gruber , Conservatory Bibbins 138, x58262
Trumpet: Professor Roy Poper , Bibbins 140, x58222
Tuba: Professor Dennis Nulty , Robertson 160, x58198
Voice: Professor Timothy LeFebvre , Bibbins 128, x58175

Other Instruments: Conservatory Main Office , Bibbins 113, 58200