All enrolled Oberlin students interested in taking Secondary Private Lessons for credit must submit a Secondary Lesson Application form each semester. New students must also schedule an audition or submit video/recording.

Secondary Lessons Bulletin Board
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1) The Online Secondary Lesson Application Link
2) The Online Secondary Audition Instructional Link

The Online Secondary Lesson Application link
 for New and Returning Students will be activated just prior to the beginning of each semester and will be removed after the first week of classes. (Students must use their Obie E-Mails for online access.) New and returning students will be required to submit the application each semester in order to request consent for two credits of secondary lessons. Consent will not rollover each semester. Students will also have access to the link in OberView.
Deadline: The first Friday of the first week of classes.

The Online Secondary Audition Instructional link for New Students will be activated just prior to the beginning of each semester; and will be removed after the first week of classes. (Students must use their Obie E-Mails for online access.) Auditions will vary by department and new students may be required to schedule an audition via Zoom, submit a video, or contact the department/instrument chair for further instructions during the first week of classes. Please review the audition instrument instructions for your instrument prior to submitting your application. 
Deadline: Auditions deadlines vary, but are generally the first week of classes.

Please Note: Returning Students who have not taken secondary lessons for two consecutive semesters must schedule or re-submit an audition along with their application.

Students approved for secondary lessons for credit will be notified (2-4 days following application/audition) via e-mail of their placement, and must register for lessons just prior to add/drop.

New students are introduced to music opportunities during Orientation via Zoom sessions or Music Resource Fair. 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 submit a  Secondary Lesson Application & Audition during the first week of classes in the fall and/or spring semester. Please see the Secondary Audition Instructional Link or 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. All students must individually register online by the add/drop deadline.

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 apply for the overload through the Academic Advising Resource Center in order to add their lesson above hours; and conservatory and double-degree students must submit an overload form to the Office of the Associate Deans in order to add additional credits above their limit. 

If you have been assigned or already know you wish to take lessons without credit please refer to information about Student-Taught Lessons Without Credit. (Lessons without credit 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 consecutive semesters away from their lessons. Returning students will need to complete a new Secondary Lesson Application each semester in order to re-activate consent and confirm teacher assignment & faculty sponsor. All students must individually register online by the add/drop deadline.

If you have been assigned or already know you wish to take lessons without credit please refer to information about Student-Taught Lessons Without Credit. (Lessons without credit are extracurricular and do not require an audition or registration.)

Fall Semester

Please note that consent will not rollover - Returning students will not receive consent or be able to register for secondary lessons during the April pre-registration process or during the summer. Returning students must submit a new Secondary Lesson Application form at the beginning of each semester. 

Spring Semester

NEW! Please note that consent will not rollover - Returning students will not receive consent or be able to register for secondary lessons during the November pre-registration process or winter break. Returning students must submit a new Secondary Lesson Application form at the beginning of each semester. 

Overload (Max Credits)

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 apply for the overload through the Academic Advising Resource Center in order to add their lesson above hours; and conservatory and double-degree students must submit an overload form to the Office of the Associate Deans in order to add additional credits above their limit. 

What if I want to change my lessons next semester?

Please visit the Secondary Lesson Application and Audition Link which will have more detailed information about what is required at each audition. If you still have questions, you may contact the faculty instructors for more information regarding audition repertoire.

General requirements (Process may vary during COVID Restrictions)
  • 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: Two original compositions. (If available, submit scores, recordings, and accompanying program/technical notes.) 
  • Other instruments: two contrasting compositions or movements (memorization not required).
General audition information (Process may vary during COVID Restrictions)
  • 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. 

Secondary piano Auditioninformation can be found once the online Secondary Audition Instructional link becomes available at the beginning of each semester. (Process subject to change due to COVID.)

New students who are BM or DD conservatory non-piano majors should schedule an audition for piano placement during or prior to Orientation week. 

Returning BM or DD conservatory non-piano majors interested in secondary lessons or placing out of their piano requirement may submit an audition request during the first week of classes. Please contact Professor Andrea McAlister.

New and returning BM or DD 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. Incoming students who are required to take piano have been pre-registered for a section. See your schedule.

New and returning BA arts and sciences students interested in taking secondary piano lessons may submit an Secondary Lesson Application and Audition during the first week of classes. Students may be placed into private lessons with student teachers or faculty for credit-bearing lessons. Space is limited.

Repertoire: Students may 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 contact Professor Andrea McAlister regarding a spring audition and placement and secondary piano instruction.