Private lessons in voice, piano, organ, guitar and the major orchestral and jazz instruments are available at three levels: for credit, (Music 285-289) which offers a half-credit per semester and requires an audition and a short performance of 10 minutes of music at the end of the semester; no credit, which has no performance requirement; and advanced lessons (Music 385-386), which offers a full credit, requires a solo recital at the end of the semester, and has one year of lessons for credit as a prerequisite.
There is an extra fee for lessons, which is waived for one year for majors and minors, and for which there are scholarships (see below). Depending on faculty availability, the Department also offers instruction on rarer instruments such as Celtic harp, harpsichord, sitar, and Renaissance instruments. To sign up for any of these levels of lessons, please see Linda Marquis in the Music Department Office (Gibson 103). The deadline for adding lessons is one week from the start of classes; the deadline for dropping lessons is two weeks from the start of classes.
Most practice rooms and teaching studios (nine in Studzinski Recital Hall, and five in Gibson Hall) are equipped with at least one Steinway grand piano. A wide range of loaner instruments and lockers of various sizes are available to students as well.
For students who are on financial aid, a limited number of scholarships to cover fees for music lessons for credit (Individual Performance Studies) are available. They are supported by the following funds:
Isaacson Family Applied Music Scholarship Fund
Judson Fund, given by Ron and Kathy Judson in Memory of Todd Judson, Class of 1998
Friends Fund, given by the Association of Bowdoin Friends
To apply, download and complete the scholarship application form and deliver to Linda Marquis (Gibson Hall Room 103) no later than 12:00 noon on the first day of classes. Auditions take place the following day and consist of the performance of a single piece of music (unaccompanied). We’ll schedule an audition time when you drop off your completed form.
Up to six credits of individual performance and ensemble courses together may be taken for graduation credit. Lessons, large ensembles, and chamber ensembles may also be taken as non-credit courses. Individual Performance Studies encompasses the various options and costs associated with taking lessons. For additional information, please refer to the College Catalogue.