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:
- Cello (Baroque & Modern)
- Double Bass (Classical & Jazz)
- French Horn
- Guitar (Classical & Jazz/Contemporary)
- Jazz Saxophone
- Percussion (Classical & Jazz/Contemporary)
- Piano (Classical & Jazz)
- Trumpet (Classical & Jazz)
- Trombone (Classical & Jazz)
- Viola da Gamba
- Violin (Baroque & Modern)
- Voice (Classical & Jazz/Pop)
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**, charged as follows:
A combination of departmental subsidies and financial assistance may be available to help defray the cost of private lessons:
Music Degree Earner Subsidy: One set of lessons per semester in the instrument of study are available free of charge to all music majors, minors in music performance, certificate students enrolled in the Programs in Music Performance (instrumental/vocal, and Vocal Consort only), and Jazz Studies, and graduate students in musicology and composition, G1-5. Minors in Music Performance and applicable certificate students will receive a set of 10 lessons plus 2 lesson equivalents.
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.
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.
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