Music Lessons

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

Peabody Conservatory

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

Lessons are offered on Peabody’s Mt. Vernon campus on a space-available basis, and these lessons are provided in 13-week segments each semester. Thirty-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.

Auditions

Auditions are necessary to register for minor lessons. A change of instructor request also requires an audition. Minor lessons, which earn credit, require additional fees. For 2019-2020, Homewood charges an additional fee of $210 per credit.

Auditions take place on Peabody’s campus during Homewood’s orientation week in the fall semester and the first weekend before the start of the spring semester. 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 is strongly preferred for at least one work.
  • Sight-reading may be a portion of the audition. This portion can include several phrases for sight-singing, a work of intermediate level to play, or—for jazz only—lead sheet for improvisation.

Registration

Completing the Peabody registration application and audition does not guarantee acceptance to the Minor Lesson Program 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 spring 2020, all new or returning students must complete and submit this form by Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Peabody’s registrar will not allow students to register for lessons without this form. The application will automatically close by the end of the day. Audition dates for spring 2020 are as follows:

  • Instrumentalists: Sunday, Jan. 26
  • Singers: Wednesday evening, Jan. 29

All Homewood students must submit the completed and signed interdivisional registration form by their registrar’s add/drop deadline. Please be sure it is the 8.5×11 IDR form, not the simple add/drop form.

For more information, please contact the minor lessons coordinator, Dr. Shirley Yoo.

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 interview may be necessary for teacher assignment purposes. Studio space is limited. A fee structure is located within the new Preparatory registration system known as ASAP. Elective credits for lessons through the Preparatory are not given. Register online or call 667-208-6640 for more information.