Music Lessons & Music Lesson Awards

Music Lessons

The Department of Music maintains a growing roster of experienced private instructors available to teach University of Chicago students on campus. Our affiliated private instructors hold advanced degrees from such prestigious conservatories as Indiana University, the Juilliard School, the Ryan Opera Center, the Manhattan School of Music, Paris Conservatoire, San Francisco Conservatory, and more. Many of the Performance Program faculty members and all of the Artists-in-Residence affiliated with the Department of Music teach private lessons, in addition to leading the various ensembles and programs.

Some University of Chicago students choose to study with other acclaimed musicians in the Chicago area. If you are interested in finding an appropriate private instructor, you should first ask your ensemble or program director for recommendations. For additional suggestions, please send an inquiry to At this time, we are not able to provide private instructor recommendations for beginners.

Music Lesson Awards

Applications for the 2021-22 Music Lesson Awards are due by Monday, November 1, 2021 at 5 PM.

Music Department Lesson Awards are grants presented to registered University of Chicago students who are active participants in the Performance Program to help defray the cost of private lessons in applied music. The grants are awarded on the basis of competitive auditions and may be used to cover up to 75% of the total cost of a student's private lessons in the 2021-22 academic year.

String players, pianists, and vocalists who are active members of a Department of Music ensemble or program also have opportunities to receive free coaching sessions with Department of Music performance faculty. Each student may sign up for a maximum of two 30-minute individual coaching sessions per quarter, and they are encouraged to do so. Sign-up procedures will be outlined by each ensemble or program director, and are available by emailing

For more details about music lessons, Music Lesson Awards, and how to apply, view the Music Lessons and Music Lesson Awards information sheet.

Submit a Music Lesson Awards Audition