All enrolled Oberlin students interested in taking Secondary Private Lessons for credit must submit a Secondary Lesson Audition or Consent Request once per school year.

Secondary Lessons Bulletin Board
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Online Secondary Lesson Audition and Consent Requests will begin during the first week of classes Fall 2020, and are due Friday, September 4th, 2020 (Students must use their Obie E-Mails for online access.) Please scroll down the document to find your instrument of interest and follow the instructions... 

Auditions for new students 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. Returning students should contact the department/instrument chair in order to re-establish consent for the semester.

All students should submit their official First Name/Last Name, T-Number, E-Mail, and instrument of choice in their requests. Students approved for secondary lessons will be forwarded to the Office of the Associate Deans for consent during the second week of classes. Approved students will be notified 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 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 request an audition and consent during the first week of classes in the fall and/or spring (for some instruments). 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 request consent from the department/instrument chair 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 requests until you return to campus for fall add/drop. At that time you must submit a secondary consent request to the department/instrument chair 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. The deadline for request is the first Friday of the first week of classes.

Once approved faculty will submit teacher assignments and consent approval to the Office of the Associate Deans for processing during the second week of classes. Students will receive e-mail notificationa nd must register just prior to add/drop. (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 request 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 request approved 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 contact the department/instrucment chair in order to re-activate your consent once your overload has been processed spring semester.

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?

Please visit the audition and consent link which will have more detailed information about what is required at each audition. If you still have questions, you may contact Cindy Shairba or faculty instructors for more information regarding audition repertoire.

General requirements (Process may vary during COVID-19 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: 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 (Process may vary during COVID-19 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 Audition and Consent information can be found online. (Process subject to change due to COVID-19.)

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

Returning 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. 

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. Incoming students who are required to take piano have been pre-registered for a section. See your schedule.

New and returning arts and sciences students interested in taking secondary piano lessons may submit an audition request 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 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 contact Professor Andrea McAlister regarding a spring audition and placement and secondary piano instruction.