Requirements, Grading and Credit

Credits and Lesson Requirements

Students assigned to faculty and supervised student teachers receive half-hour weekly lessons (thirteen per semester) for two credits per semester. Faculty-taught lessons receive a grade, while Student-taught lessons are Pass/No Pass. Students must successfully complete a minimum of ten 1/2-hour lessons in order to receive a passing grade in their secondary faculty or student taught lessons. Students wishing to change faculty/student teachers or are having problems with their secondary lessons must contact the conservatory’s Office of Associate Deans  prior to the add/drop deadline.

Three levels of supervised secondary private study are available to new and returning conservatory, double degree, and arts and sciences students:

Faculty-Taught Secondary lessons are Graded and must be taken for 2 credits. Please make room in your schedule for 2 credit hours prior to requesting lessons for credit. 0 or 1 credit options are not available, and you may be contacted regarding your status should you fail to register once consented. (Fees for students taking lessons for 2 credit hours are included in tuition fees, and the conservatory pays the instructors.)

Faculty-Taught Secondary lessons may be offered remotely or in-person. (COVID)

Faculty instruction availability is limited, so students may be placed in Student-Taught Secondary Lessons For Credit. Placements are based on audition, skill, and teacher availability.

Students who pass an audition in more than one instrument or voice category should consult with their advisor prior to registration.

Student-Taught Secondary lessons are Pass/No Pass and must be taken for 2 credits. Please make room in your schedule for 2 credit hours prior to requesting lessons for credit. 0 or 1 credit options are not available, and you may be contacted regarding your status should you fail to register once consented. (Fees for students taking lessons for 2 credit hours are included in tuition fees, and the conservatory pays the student instructors.)

All Student-Taught Secondary Lessons are offered remotely. The student teacher must reside in Ohio during the semester of teaching. (COVID)

Faculty instruction availability is limited, so students may be placed in Student-Taught Secondary Lessons For Credit. Placements are based on audition, skill, and teacher availability.

Students who pass an audition in more than one instrument or voice category should consult with their advisor prior to registration.

Students interested in taking Secondary Student-Taught Lessons without credit should go to Oberlin's Private Lesson Referral site and complete an Inquiry Form. Students taking lessons without credit will not receive a CRN for consent or register for lessons. The lessons will not appear on a student’s transcript and they will not receive a grade. Secondary Lessons are not available for 0 or 1 credit or audit option. 

Students who complete the Private Lesson Referral Inquiry will be contacted only if/when a student becomes available to teach lessons. Our goal is to provide secondary lessons to every student who is interested, but some semesters it is not possible because the demand for lessons goes beyond the number of available teachers. We will make every effort to accommodate requests

Students taking lessons without credit can schedule as many or few lessons as they wish each semester, and will pay the student teacher directly per lesson. Though this minimal fee is required only of completed lessons, please contact your student teacher in advance if you need to cancel your lesson. (Fees for students taking lessons for 2 credit hours are included in tuition fees, and the conservatory pays the student instructors.)

All Student-Taught lessons without credit will be offered remotely. (COVID)

Students have the option to re-apply and audition at the beginning of each semester should they wish to take secondary lessons for 2 credits; please visit our FAQ page.

*Faculty-Taught Lessons without taking two credits is not an option.
*Faculty instructors are only available to teach primary or secondary lessons for credit.
*Please see the information on Student-Taught Secondary Lessons Without Credits.
*E-Mail the Office of the Associate Deans Office immediately if you have been placed with a faculty instructor for secondary lessons, but do not wish to take them for credit.