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 8:00am-4:30pm at the reception desk or email her:

+ 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.

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 Musicians 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. Link:


What are the courses 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 dept. activities can be addressed to him, Olin 256,

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


Frank Carlberg: Artist in residence 2018-2019: jazz pianist and composer

Dale Chapman: Jazz history, popular music, and African American music

John Corrie:  Keyboard and vocal study, sight-singing, choral conducting

Gina Fatone:  Ethnomusicology, music of South East Asia, theory, intercultural musical experience

Gabriel Bolaños: Composition, computer music, music technology, theory

Hiroya Miura:  Composition, theory, film music


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.

The list of instructors for 2016-2017 is 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 a fee for the 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 lessons?

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