Private Lesson Placement

Please see the Music Lesson page for more information on lessons offered.

Students interested in strings (5+ years of private study), piano (4+ years of private study) or voice need to audition or make a placement appointment. Students with fewer than 5 years of string experience or fewer than 4 years of piano experience may sign up for 1-credit lessons (Music 155, 155J, 156, 156J or 150, 150J respectively) without a placement audition.

Students should have studied piano for several years before registering for organ, harpsichord, or jazz piano. 

No auditions are necessary for brass, percussion, and wind instrument lessons. Beginners through advanced students may register for private lessons. 

After registration, each instructor will contact students regarding lesson scheduling. You may be asked to fill out the Music Lesson Schedule and return it to your instructor. Be sure to include all information to help schedule your lesson.  Your lesson time will be scheduled so as not to conflict with your registered and wait-listed classes. You may also include your work schedules, sports, etc. and your instructor will try to avoid these times, although it may sometimes be necessary to change work schedules.

The comprehensive fee of Carleton does not include the cost of private lessons, and special fees are charged as described here.  Students interested in requesting financial assistance to help with music lessons should fill out the request form.

Placement Auditions/Interviews for Private Lessons

A link to sign up for private string or piano lesson placement will appear here in late August. 

Private String Lesson Placement

  • Sunday, Sept. 10, 12:00-4:00 pm, Weitz 114

Private Piano Lesson Placement

  • Thursday, Sept. 7, 12:30-1:30 pm; 3:30-5:30pm, Weitz 222

Beginning through advanced students may register for private lessons. 

If you have studied piano for 4 or more years, we would very much like to meet you and briefly get acquainted with you. That opportunity will occur on the date and time shown above, in Weitz 222. Instructions for signing up for an informal 10-minute interview will appear here shortly. This will be very informal, so if you haven’t practiced all summer (or longer), don’t hesitate. We would enjoy hearing a sample of your playing from one or more of your favorite piano pieces. There will also be a chance to chat briefly so that we will have the opportunity to learn a bit more about your piano background. You will no doubt have questions for us as well, and we shall do our best to answer them. If you have questions about this meeting or the piano lesson program offered at Carleton, please send an email to Nicola Melville ( and she will respond as quickly as possible. We are looking forward to meeting you soon. Good luck with all of the new student activities, and, be sure to sign up for a time.

If you are a new student interested in taking private piano lessons (beginning or advanced) for credit this year, you should register for Music 150 or 150J (1-credit piano). As a new student you will most likely start with a half-hour lesson. After you have registered for all of your classes, you need to fill out a class schedule form. Based on that information, we will be able to assign you a lesson time. This form is also available in the front lobby of the Music Hall. Please save this form (your last name.pdf) and send it to