Bates offers private lessons on a wide variety of instruments (see below). Instruction may be available in other classical, jazz, folk, and non-Western instruments when demand exists.
Receive academic credit for your private lesson
Students are given Applied Music course credit for individual instructions, exploring the literature for voice or a solo instrument through weekly instruction. Problems of performance practice, style, form, and technique are emphasized equally. One-half credit is granted upon completion of every semester of MUS 270. The course may be repeated for a maximum of four course credits. Students register for the section(s) corresponding to the instrument(s) they are studying. A special fee of $320 per semester is charged for each course. Open to first-year students. Lessons are offered in the Fall and Winter terms.
Lessons not for academic course credit are scheduled and paid for through individual arrangements with instructors.
Students are expected to attend all lessons. You are expected to give your Applied Music instructor advance notice if you are unable to attend your lesson due to sickness or an emergency. If a sickness or an emergency occurs on the day of your lesson and you cannot reach your instructor, you should contact the Olin Operations Supervisor Alexandra Hood as soon as possible at (207) 786-6135. Failure to notify your instructor or Alexandra will result in an unexcused absence. Make up lessons are up to the discretion of the instructor. Unexcused absences may result in receiving a lower grade. More than three unexcused absences will result in a failing grade.
Students who take Applied Music lessons must attend at least three concerts during the term. This co-requisite comprises 15% of the applied music grade.
Any concert presented by the Music Department or the Olin Concert Series will satisfy this requirement. To receive credit for attendance, you must turn in your Bates ID card during the concert. It will be available for pick up immediately following the performance. View upcoming concerts here.
Non-Bates concerts may count toward the concert requirement with approval from your instructor. The Applied Music instructor must email Alexandra Hood (email@example.com) with the approved concert information. The student must then write a half page summary (12 pt, Times New Roman, double spaced) that includes the following:
- A copy of the program
- Why you decided to attend the concert
- How it relates to your Applied Music study
Every student enrolled in Applied Music is required to perform a jury at the end of the term. Juries are typically scheduled on the Monday of exam week for both fall and winter semesters. Students who perform a recital or other major solo performance and demonstrate progress in their applied music lessons may be excused from the jury. A jury exemption form must be signed by your Applied Music instructor and submitted to Alexandra Hood in Olin 205.
Students will present a list of all music studied during the year and will be prepared to perform for approximately ten minutes. Performance from memory (no music) is encouraged. Students are expected to discuss the music performed: its composer and history, its form and style, and the interpretative decisions they have made.
When the music requires accompaniment, the Department will not hear a jury without it. Students should find accompanists as soon as they begin work on pieces and should begin rehearsing with their accompanists as soon as they are able to. They should arrange to perform with the accompanists at their lessons long before their juries.
Applied Music instructors are encouraged, whenever possible, to attend their students’ juries.
The fee for Applied Music lessons is $320 per semester, for eleven lessons. The College contributes the remainder of the cost (around $560) for each student.
Students may withdraw from the course during the normal withdrawal period, but may be subject to a charge even if they do not complete the course. Students who drop before the last day to add will be charged $81 per lesson received prior to dropping Applied Music. For example, if you receive two lessons prior to dropping, you will be charged $162 ($81 x 2 lessons). Students who drop after the last day to add, but before the end of the withdrawal period are charged the full $320. To withdraw from the course, students must both drop the course on Garnet Gateway and notify Alexandra Hood (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LAST DAY TO ADD: January 24, 2020
If you add after this date, you will be subject to a late fee.
If you drop the course after this date, you will be charged the full $320 fee.
Students may take Applied Music lessons for .5 credits in the Fall and Winter terms. Applied Music lessons for credit are not offered during short term.
How to register for lessons
- Contact your desired Applied Music instructor to schedule your lessons, using the contact information listed below. Enrollment is limited based on instructor availability.
- Register on Garnet Gateway for the instrument according to the course number listed below.
- Courses with an asterisk require instructor permission. Students must contact John Corrie (email@example.com) for permission before registering. Instructor permission does not automatically enroll a student in the course. Once permission is granted, students will still need to register on Garnet Gateway.
- From January 20-24, 2020, all students will need to contact John Corrie for permission before registering. Once permission is granted, students will still need to register on Garnet Gateway. After January 24, 2020, students will be subject to a late fee.
- Submit a signed copy of the Applied Music Policy (below) to your instructor.
To discuss or schedule lessons, contact your Applied Music instructor by using the emails listed below.
For any additional questions, please contact the Olin Operations Supervisor, Alexandra Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org, (207) 786-6135, or in Olin Arts Center 205.
|270E||Bass Trombone||Alan Carremail@example.com|
|270G||Hand Drums||Eric LaPernafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|270H||Double Bass||Stuart Gurleyemail@example.com|
|270I||Drum Set||Mark Macksoudfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|270JJ||Arabic Nay||Maria Wagneremail@example.com|
|270KK||Orch. Percussion||Greg Simondsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|270M||French Horn||Margie Landisemail@example.com|
|Classical Guitar||Ken Labrecque
|270S||Jazz Guitar||Ken Labrecquefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|270T||Middle Eastern Percussion||Eric LaPernaemail@example.com|
|Classical Piano*||Bridget Convey
*Requires instructor permission to register. Letters A/B/C/D denotes multiple sections.