All enrolled Oberlin students interested in taking Secondary Private Lessons for credit must complete a Secondary Lesson Audition/Consent Form once per school year.

Secondary Lessons Bulletin Board
Photo credit: Courtesy of Oberlin Conservatory

These forms  are available on the bulletin board outside Conservatory Bibbins 113 during the first week of classes.

Online Secondary Lesson Consent/Audition Forms as well as audition days and times will be available during the first week of classes using a valid Obie email account. (Students must use their Obie E-Mails to access online forms.)

New students are introduced to music opportunities on their first day of Orientation at the new student music resource fair in the conservatory. Students can meet faculty and student groups, and learn about applied study (secondary lessons) programs as well as large and small ensemble opportunities.

Students without previous secondary lesson credit on an instrument who want lessons for 2 credits must sign up for auditions and complete a form outside of the conservatory’s main office (Bibbins 113) during the first week of classes in the fall and/or spring (for some instruments). Auditions take place during the first week of add/drop. Please take a completed form to your audition. Please see Faculty & Staff Contacts if you need additional information regarding the audition process, times, repertoire, and dates. Please look at your schedule to make sure you can add 2 credits before the add/drop deadline - Some students must apply for Overload in order to add secondary lessons to their schedule.

Overload (Max Credits): Some students may be at max credits and need to complete a Course Overload Form in order to accommodate their secondary lesson(s). Arts and sciences students must visit the Academic Advising Resource Center in order to add their lesson above hours; and conservatory and double-degree students must visit the Office of the Conservatory Dean (Bibbins 113) to request an overload form to add additional credits above their limit. 

If you have been assigned or already know you wish to take non-credit lessons and would like a list of student teachers for your instrument you may also contact Cindy Shairba during the third week of classes. (Non-Credit lessons are extracurricular and do not require an audition or registration.)

 

Most returning students will not need to reaudition as long as they have been no more than two semesters away from their lessons. Returning students will need to complete a secondary lesson consent form each year in order to re-activate consent and confirm teacher assignment and faculty sponsor.

This process is done along with new secondary students during the first week of classes each semester. See below for semester details.

Fall Semester

Most students will not receive consent or be able to register for secondary lessons during the April pre-registration process or during the summer. In fact, you will not submit applications until you return to campus for fall add/drop. At that time you must complete and submit a secondary consent form in order to receive consent. You will not automatically receive a reminder or consent, and/or registration. Please look at your schedule to make sure you can add 2 credits before the add/drop deadline - Some students must apply for Overload in order to add secondary lessons to their schedule.

Forms should be submitted with a faculty sponsor signature and teacher assignment to the conservatory’s Office of the Associate Deans, main office during the first week of classes. (Having trouble finding your teacher?)

Spring Semester

Students who registered in the fall for secondary lessons will automatically be consented for lessons in the spring during their November Pre-registration window—see your registration status on OberView or PRESTO for CRN # — and will not need to reaudition or complete another form as long as they are the same lesson, same teacher, and same credit hour. The student must, however, utilize their consent and register during the November pre-registration period. Please look at your schedule to make sure you can add 2 credits - Some students must apply for Overload in order to add secondary lessons to their schedule.

Students that fail to register during their Pre-registration window will lose their consent in order to make room for new students that will be auditioning for placement in the spring, as well as to give faculty a more accurate list or returning students. Should you still wish to take lessons you will not need to reaudition, but you will need to complete another secondary consent form signed by the faculty sponsor in order to re-initiate consent and teacher assignment. Please speak with your advisor or associate dean if you are experiencing problems with registration.

Overload (Max Credits)

Please look at your schedule to make sure you can add 2 credits before the add/drop deadline. Some students may be at max credits and need to complete a Course Overload Form in order to accommodate their secondary lesson(s). Arts and sciences students must visit the Academic Advising Resource Center in order to add their lesson above hours; and conservatory and double-degree students must visit the Office of the Conservatory Dean (Bibbins 113) to request an overload form to add additional credits above their limit.

Please Note: For spring semester pre-registration in November - Arts and Sciences students who are at max credits may not be approved for overload until the spring semester begins. If you are not able to pre-register in November...then you will need to complete another secondary lesson for to re-activate your consent once your overload has been processed.

Remember, we only issue consent for approved lessons. However, all students must individually register online by the add/drop deadline.

What if I want to change my non-credit or for-credit lesson option for Spring?

Check the bulletin board outside of the Oberlin Conservatory, main office, Bibbins 113. On the sign-up sheets many faculty post updates to specific repertoire required for audition each semester. After checking the board, you may contact Cindy Shairba or faculty instructors for more information regarding audition repertoire.

General requirements
  • Voice: one classical composition (memorization required).
  • Piano: two contrasting works (portions heard; memorization preferred).
  • String: one work representative of ability (memorization not required).
  • Jazz: one piece that best demonstrates performer’s ability on instrument.
  • Comp/Tech: Bring two original compositions. (If available, bring scores, recordings, and accompanying program/technical notes.) 
  • Other instruments: two contrasting compositions or movements (memorization not required).
General audition information
  • Auditions last 5-15 minutes depending on the instrument. 
  • Auditions may include demonstration of skills (scales, sight-reading, harmonization, by ear playing) as requested by auditioners.
  • (Jazz) Unaccompanied improvisation on the blues may be requested.
  • Accompanists are provided for vocal auditions only. 

Check outside Conservatory, Bibbins 326 during Orientation week and the first week of classes for audition information, sign-ups, and specific dates/times. Secondary piano Audition/Consent forms can be found outside Bibbins 113 during the first week of classes.

New students who are conservatory non-piano majors should audition for piano placement during Orientation week. Further instructions will be listed on the sign-up sheet outside Bibbins 326. 

Returning conservatory non-piano majors interested in secondary lessons or placing out of their piano requirement may audition* during the first week of classes. Further instructions will be listed on the sign-up sheet outside Bibbins 326. 

New and returning conservatory non-piano majors without prior piano experience who are required to take piano class for their major do not need to take a placement audition. Instead, please sign up for a beginning piano class time (APST 110) outside Bibbins 326 during orientation or the first week of classes. Further instructions will be listed on the sign-up sheet. 

New and returning arts and sciences students interested in taking secondary piano lessons may audition during the first week of classes. Students may be placed into private lessons with student teachers or faculty for credit-bearing lessons. Sign-up sheets will be posted outside Bibbins 326 and Bibbins 113. Further instructions will be listed on the sign-up sheet. Please bring your audition/consent form. Space is limited.

Repertoire: Students will be asked to sight read, harmonize, and play a few scales and chords. One solo may be prepared that represents your highest level of playing but is not required.

Spring semester: Space is limited during spring semester. Please sign up for an audition time outside of Bibbins 326 during the first week of classes, or contact Professor Andrea McAlister regarding a spring audition and placement and secondary piano instruction.