More than 70 students of all majors participate in the music department each semester through applied studies. Studying music gives students a break from research papers, labs, and problem sets while challenging them in different ways. In fact, studies have shown that music study often enhances one’s performance in other areas
Applied studies are available to all, regardless of prior study or ability. We accept everyone from rank beginners to accomplished performers. Studio instructors tailor their teaching and evaluation to the student’s individual level. Each studio focuses on building skills in technique, musicianship, and repertory, enabling students to gain proficiency and confidence in performance The semester culminates in a short performance of one or two short works for the music faculty.
Students who excel in their study are invited to perform in the Student Recognition Recital, held at the end of each semester in the Olin Fine Arts Center. Family and friends are invited to the recital, which is recorded and made available to students.
Applied studies entails 12 one-hour lessons one-on-one with a dedicated studio teacher. A semester of applied music is worth ½ course (2 credits) and does not count toward the ARTS general education requirement. Lessons also require an additional, non-refundable fee ($390 in 2012-13). Students are expected to practice outside of their lessons and will be required to obtain music.
Students who are interested in private lessons are encouraged to visit our faculty page and get in touch with the appropriate teacher. To sign up for applied study, register for the appropriate section (see course list) and e-mail the studio teacher as early as possible.