Frequently Asked Questions

+Can you tell me everything about the Olin Arts Building?
  • Hours are 7am – midnight, during the academic semesters.
  • Keys and information are available at the reception desk.
  • Instrument lockers are available: see Alexandra Hood between 8am-4:30pm at the reception desk, or email her at
  • Practice rooms are available to any student whenever the building is open, with the exception of during concerts or other events in the concert hall.
+What music ensembles are there at Bates?

Membership in department ensembles is open to all Bates students.  Contact individual directors for specific information about auditions. Membership in an ensemble can earn academic course credit towards graduation.

For more information about each ensemble and to see photos/videos of past concerts, click here:

American String Band Eli Gilbert, director or

Brass Ensemble Alan Carr, director

College Choir  John Corrie, director

Gamelan Gina Fatone, director

Jazz Band Larry Williams, director

Orchestra Hiroya Miura, director

Steel Pan Orchestra  Duncan Hardy, director or

+What’s the Bates Musician Union (BMU)?

The BMU provides musical groups and bands organized by students themselves with the space and equipment they need for rehearsals and performances. The BMU supports campus bands with a rehearsal space, practice equipment, and live sound equipment for shows, located in Chase Hall.

+What courses are offered in the Music Department?

The department offers a wide variety of courses for majors and non-majors.  The areas covered include Western classical music, jazz, music of Southeast Asia, African-American music, music theory, music composition, African music, electronic music and video, performance, film music, song-writing, and improvisation, among others.

Students interested in minoring or majoring in music should begin our 4-semester music theory sequence as early as possible.

Hiroya Miura is the department chair.  General questions about music courses or other music department activities can be addressed to him, Olin 256,

For more detailed information about individual courses offered in the music department, click here:

+Who are the music faculty members, and what do they teach?

Information about the music faculty and what they teach can be found at this link:

FAQ About Applied Music Lessons

+Can I take private music lessons?

Yes, Bates offers private lessons on a wide variety of instruments: banjo, double bass, electric bass, bassoon, clarinet, drum set, euphonium, fiddle, flute, French horn, guitar, harpsichord, oboe, organ, oud, classical or Middle Eastern percussion, classical or jazz piano, saxophone, sitar, tabla, trombone or bass trombone, trumpet, tuba, viola, violin, violoncello, and voice. Instruction may be available in other classical, jazz, folk, and non-Western instruments when demand exists.

For an up-to-date list of instructors, and what instruments they provide lessons on, click here:

+Could I receive academic course credit for my private lessons?

Yes.  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 every semester.

+How are students evaluated after a semester of Applied Music lessons?

At the end of the semester, you will need to demonstrate your progress in a performance for the music department, or you need to perform in a solo role in a concert during the semester of study.

+What is the fee for Applied Music lessons?

A special fee of $320 per semester is charged for each course.

+Could I choose not to receive course credit for my lessons?

Yes, lessons not for academic course credit are scheduled and paid for through individual arrangements with teachers.

+How do I sign up for Applied Music lesson?

Please submit the following Applied Music Policy Form to Alan Carr, Olin 209,