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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the ages of Prep Students?
Early Childhood classes accept students between the ages of 4 and 9 years old. Chamber Music accepts students ages 11 and older. While most students enrolled in musicianship classes are at least 9-10 years old, some younger students are admitted on the basis of their interview. There is no age requirement for private lessons, but we do advise parents not to enroll their children in voice lessons before they have reached puberty.

Does the Prep accept beginners?
Our early childhood classes do not require any previous musical experience. Musicianship classes require training on a musical instrument, but do not require previous experience in music theory. Chamber music is not offered to beginners on an instrument. In general, the Preparatory Division does not accept beginners into private lessons; usually students have 1-2 years experience playing an instrument before they audition. Currently we are able to accept beginning cello and piano students. Beginning voice students are also welcome, but should be able to read music.

Is it possible to request a specific faculty member?
Yes. Just write the faculty member's name in the appropriate blank on the application form. We try to accommodate all faculty requests when appropriate and possible.

What should I play at the audition?
Students should come prepared to play two contrasting pieces demonstrating their current level of proficiency. Pianists are expected play from memory.

How long does the application and audition process take?
The Preparatory office will call to schedule an audition after applications are processed-this can take up to one week. Upon acceptance, you will be placed with an appropriate faculty member based on level of technique, personality, interests, artistic goals and instructor availability. Upon acceptance, students will register for a full semester of weekly lessons. Tuition is charged per semester and is due before lessons begin.

When are lessons and classes?
Private lessons are scheduled throughout the entire week at the convenience of the instructor and student. Some Early Childhood classes take place during the week; all other classes meet on Saturdays. All lessons and classes meet in the Conservatory. Please see Class Schedules for details.

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