Music Lessons

All Krieger School students may take lessons at either the Peabody Conservatory or the Peabody Preparatory.

Peabody Conservatory

Individual music instruction at the Peabody Conservatory, called the Minor Lesson Program, is designed for students with significant experience as instrumentalists, vocalists, or composers.

Lessons are offered on a space-available basis and are provided in 13-week segments each semester. 30-minute lessons earn one academic credit; hour lessons earn two credits. Each student must perform an exit exam (as determined by the instructor) each semester of enrollment. Additional fees apply to minor lessons, which earn credit, and tuition information is available at the registrar’s office.


Auditions are necessary to register for minor lessons or to request a change of instructor. Auditions take place on Peabody’s campus during Homewood’s orientation week in the fall semester and the first weekend before the start of spring semesters. For the audition, students must prepare two contrasting works (styles, periods, etc.) showing the current level of development on the instrument. Memorization for classical instrumentalists and vocalists is not required but strongly preferred for at least one work. In addition, sight-reading may be a portion of the audition. This can include several phrases for sight-singing, a work of intermediate level to play, or, for jazz only, lead sheet for improvisation.

Audition dates for Fall 2019 are as follows:

  • Instrumentalists: Sunday, Aug. 25
  • Singers: Thursday, Aug. 29, beginning at 6 p.m.


Completing the Peabody registration application and audition does not guarantee acceptance in to the Minor Lesson Prorgram at Peabody Conservatory. Typically, accepted students have been playing an instrument or singing for a number of years and have received formal training. Studio space is limited.

For Fall 2019, please register online for an audition by Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The application will close at the end of the day.

Interdivisional registration forms must be signed and submitted by the Homewood add/drop deadline.

Peabody Preparatory

Peabody Preparatory, the non-credit division of the Peabody Institute, serves the broader musical community in Baltimore. Its students range in age from infants to senior citizens and in skill from beginners to soon-to-be-professionals. For more relaxed instructional challenges, or if one is not accepted into a given teacher’s studio for the semester for credit, Peabody Preparatory offers a wonderful learning environment and possesses a venerable history at Johns Hopkins and in the city of Baltimore.

An audition is not necessary to enroll in Preparatory lessons, although a placement may be necessary for teacher assignment purposes. Register online or call 667-208-6640. Lessons may be a half hour, 45 minutes, or an hour. A fee structure is located within the new Preparatory registration system known as ASAP, and Saturday, Aug. 25 is the tentative placement/audition day at Peabody Preparatory. Please check this site again after July 1 for updates regarding the Preparatory placement dates. Elective credit for lessons is not given for lessons at the Preparatory.