Instrumental / Vocal Studio Lessons

Rehearsal room

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. All Princeton University undergraduate and graduate students are invited to sign up for extracurricular lessons. You can also learn about our masterclass program with visiting artists.

Department of Music Majors and Certificate Students can earn one academic credit* by enrolling in MPP 298 (fall semester) and MPP 299 (spring semester) throughout their junior and senior years.

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

A total of ten 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 Drum Set
  • Jazz Saxophone
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano (Classical & Jazz)
  • Trumpet (Classical & Jazz)
  • Trombone (Classical & Jazz)
  • Viola (Baroque & Modern)
  • Viola da Gamba
  • Violin (Baroque & Modern)
  • Voice (Classical & Jazz)
  • Tuba

Students enrolled in studio lessons have access to practice rooms and instrument lockers in either the Woolworth Center or the Effron Music Building.


10 lessons are given per semester, charged as follows:

Lesson DurationCost
60 minutes$1,300
45 minutes*$975
30 minutes*$650
* Available only for voice lessons

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

Full Subsidy: One set of lessons per semester in the instrument of study are available free of charge to all music majors, certificate students enrolled in the Programs in Music Performance and Jazz Studies, and graduate students in musicology and composition.

50% Subsidy: Students participating full-time in these departmental ensembles 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*. Keyboard players, guitarists and others for whom there are limited ensemble opportunities are encouraged to participate in a singing ensemble. Alternatively, they can apply to receive special ensemble subsidy support by submitting a signed letter from their teacher accounting for their current and intended ensemble participation or collaborative music-making.

*Students who receive subsidy/financial assistance for one instrument and who wish to study a second instrument are responsible for the full cost of lessons in the second instrument.

Financial assistance is available to all students who are eligible for Princeton Financial Aid. As funds are limited, priority will be given to students who are committed and active members of departmental ensembles*. These students will receive an additional 50% lesson aid grant on top of the 50% subsidy available to all ensemble participants, thus accessing lessons at no cost.

Students who are not in department ensembles but are eligible for financial aid will receive a grant covering 50% of their lesson costs, limited to one instrument, for one academic year. Students who wish to secure an additional subsidy are encouraged to join a departmental ensemble.

*Students who receive subsidy/financial assistance for one instrument and who wish to study a second instrument are responsible for the full cost of lessons in the second instrument.


There are two windows of time during which students can sign up for lessons each semester: at the end of the previous semester, and at the beginning of the current semester.

Sign-up for all instruments except voice, classical  piano, and violin is completed by filling out a form. For placement purposes, students interested in voice, classical piano, and violin lessons are required to supplement their form as follows:

New violin students: please sign up for a 10-minute placement audition on September 13, 2022facilitated by Violin Faculty Coordinator, Nancy Wilson, in which to perform a stand-alone work or movement from a larger piece. If you are a beginner, the audition may include a conversation about your goals for the semester.

·   New classical piano students: please sign up for a 10-minute placement auditionon September 13, 2022, facilitated by Piano Faculty Coordinator, Dr. Margaret Kampmeier, in which to perform a stand-alone work or movement from a larger piece. This may be for solo piano, or an excerpt from a concerto. If you are a beginner, the audition will consist of a conversation about your goals for the semester.

·   New voice students: please sign up for a 10-minute placement audition on September 14, 2022, facilitated by members of faculty. Please present one piece that displays your voice and demonstrates your musical and stylistic strengths. Please also bring sheet music (clearly printed and single-sided) for your accompanist, or an audio accompaniment track on a laptop or mp3 device. You will also be asked to sing some scales and undergo other vocal exercises to determine range. Finally, you will have a brief check-in with Voice Faculty Coordinator Martha Elliott to discuss goals before being assigned an instructor.

If you have questions or concerns about participating in auditions, please contact Program Manager Katie Baltrush 

*beginner pianists are generally placed with a graduate student, as space permits.


15-minute juries are a requirement for all students enrolled in MPP 299 (lessons for credit) and take place near the end of the spring semester:

  • Instrumental (classical and jazz):
    • Juniors: Please prepare 15 minutes of music.
    • Seniors: Please prepare 30 minutes of music.
    • All Students: Please bring a repertoire list to the studio faculty jury panel from which they will select which repertoire they would like you to perform. Music does not need to be memorized.
  • Singers:
    • Please prepare no fewer than four pieces, covering a minimum of 10 minutes of music, and no less than two languages included in your song repertoire.
    • All music must be memorized.