Instrumental / Vocal Studio Lessons

Immerse yourself in the music you love by taking private instrumental/vocal lessons in the studios of a stellar performance faculty drawn from the leading performers and teachers of the region. Up to 350 slots are available each semester for any Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students to request extracurricular lessons. 

It may not be possible to honor every request in every semester, but best efforts will be made to place as many interested students in lessons as possible.

Minors in Music Performance and Certificate in Music Performance students can earn one academic credit* by enrolling in MPP 298 (fall semester) and MPP 299 (spring semester) throughout their junior or senior years.

*In order to receive one course unit of credit, students must complete both MPP 298 & 299 consecutively in the same academic year.

Lessons are offered per semester. Lessons are offered in the following instruments:

  • Bassoon
  • Cello (Baroque & Modern)
  • Clarinet
  • Double Bass (Classical & Jazz)
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Guitar (Classical & Jazz/Contemporary)
  • Harp
  • Harpsichord
  • Jazz Saxophone
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion (Classical & Jazz/Contemporary)
  • Piano (Classical & Jazz)
  • Trumpet (Classical & Jazz)
  • Trombone (Classical & Jazz)
  • Viola
  • Viola da Gamba
  • Violin (Baroque & Modern)
  • Voice (Classical & Jazz/Pop)
  • Tuba

Students enrolled in studio lessons have access to practice rooms in the Woolworth Center and the Effron Music Building.  Instrument lockers may also be available to students enrolled in studio lessons, by request and subject to availability.

10 lessons are given per semester**. Costs were as follows for 2023-24.  Rates may change year-to-year:

Lesson DurationCost
60 minutes$1,500
45 minutes*$1,125
30 minutes*$750
* Typically available only for voice lessons. May be made available to other instrument subject to request and approval.
**Students enrolled in the MPP Minor will receive 10 lessons, plus 2 lesson equivalents each semester.

A combination of departmental subsidies and financial assistance may be available to help defray the cost of private lessons:

Financial assistance is available to all students who are eligible for Princeton Financial Aid. These students will receive a 100% subsidy for lessons,  meaning a confirmed, available set of lessons will come at no cost to these students. 

  1. Undergraduate Music Degree Earner Subsidy: One set of lessons per semester in the instrument of study are available free of charge to all undergraduate music majors, minors in music performance, and certificate in jazz studies students. Minors in Music Performance and applicable certificate students will receive a set of 10 lessons plus 2 lesson equivalents.
  2. Music Graduate Students: Graduate students in musicology and composition, G1-5, may elect to use their available research funding to pay for lessons.
  3. Ensemble Participation Subsidy: Students who are members-in-good-standing in these departmental ensembles may be eligible to receive a partial subsidy equal to 50% of one set of lesson costs per semester in the instrument with which they participate in their ensemble. While this subsidy cannot be guaranteed for every eligible student, in practice most will enjoy this benefit.

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