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Welcome to the lessons page. Read below for updates concerning COVID-19 impacts on department auditions, medium of instruction, and practice room fees for autumn quarter 2020.

LESSONS ONLINE: At this point, it is likely that music lessons will be taught online in autumn quarter, and perhaps for the remainder of the academic year.

PRACTICE ROOM FEES: We regret that the practice rooms in Braun Music Center and Dinkelspiel must be closed until further notice as part of the effort to limit transmission of COVID-19. Students enrolling in an online lesson studio will be credited the $50 we normally assess as part of the lesson fee to support the upkeep of pianos and practice rooms. We anticipate that the credit will post sometime after the final study list deadline of autumn quarter. Questions to rleigh (at) stanford.edu.

All Applied Music lessons at Stanford are subject to a lesson fee in addition to tuition. Sliding-scale financial support is available for private lessons from Friends of Music at Stanford. Visit the Applied Music Fees and Policies page for more details. Lessons are fully supported for Music majors, minors and performance certificate students.

Music lessons are enrollable classes in Axess, and all require that the student audition and secure a place in an instructor's studio prior to enrollment. If you are new to Stanford, you will have to audition, regardless of whether or not you auditioned as part of the Arts Portfolio process. Contact information and proficiency requirements for each area of study are given below. Some instrument areas have an audition link; others simply offer auditions by arrangement with the instructor. To sign up for lessons in winter or spring quarter for studios that have audition signup sheets in autumn, simply contact the faculty member directly.

ALL MATRICULATED STANFORD STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER FOR LESSONS. A Zero-Unit Enrollment option has been created for graduate students and for students unable to enroll in lessons or ensembles. Review our Zero-Unit Enrollment Policy to learn how to enroll.

[Questions or problems with this page? Contact Rowen Leigh.]

Title Level & Type ExploreCourses and Axess links Audition link Minimum Proficiency/Audition Requirements

Advanced Jazz Bass


jthurstonmilgrom@gmail.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

Jazz Bass


jthurstonmilgrom@gmail.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

Advanced Bassoon


rufusojr@aol.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Ability to play the 2nd & 3rd movement of the Mozart Concerto in B flat, K. 191, or equivalent; all major scales; one Milde scale study; 1st movement of the Mozart concerto.

 

Bassoon


rufusojr@aol.com

Contact instructor for audition.

 

Intermediate, Private

Ability to play the 2nd & 3rd movement of the Mozart Concerto in B flat, K. 191, or equivalent; all major scales; one Milde scale study.

Advanced Carillon


timzer@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

Carillon


timzer@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

Advanced Cello


stephenh@stanford.edu, cvccello@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Movements. from Bach Suite 2 or 3; Lalo Concerto; Brahms’ Sonata in E Minor; Saint-Saëns or Haydn C Major Concertos; begun work on Popper Etudes, Op. 73.

 

Cello


stephenh@stanford.edu, cvccello@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

At least 3 yrs. private lessons: ability to play pieces at the level of Bach Suite No. 1, Vivaldi, Marcello sonatas; Squire Tarantella or Bourrée; Elegy by Gabriel Fauré.

 

Guzheng Class


zitherzheng@gmail.com

Contact instructor for audition. This is a group lesson.

Beginning, Class

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements. 

 

Advanced Clarinet


markgbrand@yahoo.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Ability to play at the level of: C. Rose, 32 Studies; Polatscek, Adv. Studies; Debussy, Première Rhapsodie; Brahms, F minor or E-flat Major Sonata; all major scales w/extensions; all melodic minor scales (tonic to tonic).

 

Clarinet


markgbrand@yahoo.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Ability to play at the level of: C. Rose, 40 Studies; C.M. Weber, Concertino; W.A. Mozart, Concerto (1st movement); major scales and chromatic scales (full range).

 

Advanced Contrabass


bruce.moyer@sjsu.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Contact instructor: (408) 577-9219.

 

Contrabass


bruce.moyer@sjsu.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Contact the instructor: (408) 577-9219.

 

Drum Set


davidrokeach@aol.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

Advanced Renaissance Winds


hwm@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition

Advanced, Private

Contact Herb Myers to discuss proficiency requirements and to set up an audition: (650) 723-0635, hwm@stanford.edu.

Recorder/Early Winds (Early Music)


hwm@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Contact Herb Myers to discuss proficiency requirements and to set up an audition: (650) 723-0635, hwm@stanford.edu.

 

Advanced Flute


flute@stanford.edu, melodysflute@gmail.com, greere@gmail.com
Advanced, Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

Flute


flute@stanford.edu, melodysflute@gmail.com, greere@gmail.com
Intermediate, Private

Ability to play scales and arpeggios in major keys to 4 sharps and 4 flats; étude from Anderson, op. 33, or similar level; movement from a sonata by Handel, Telemann, or J.S. Bach; or a piece from the standard repertoire at a similar level.

Advanced Flute (Baroque)


greere@gmail.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

Flute (Baroque)


greere@gmail.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

Advanced Fortepiano


barth@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Students should begin study in 172E first, then may move into 272E upon instructor approval.

 

Fortepiano


barth@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

It is understood that students coming to the study of fortepiano at the undergraduate level will often not have had previous experience with early keyboard instruments. Keyboard skills on modern piano at the level of any Beethoven sonata (except op. 49) are sufficient for fortepiano study.

For audition: Prepare 10 minutes of music for modern piano, memorized (preferably 2 contrasting pieces); there may also be some sight reading.

 

Advanced French Horn


larryragent@astound.net
Advanced, Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

 

French Horn


larryragent@astound.net
Intermediate, Private

Previous private study to the advanced high-school level. Previous exposure to standard German (i.e., Kopprasch or Kling) or French (i.e., Maxime Alphonse, Bk. 2) exercises.

 

Advanced Classical Guitar


caferguson@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Tarrega, Sor, Carcassi; brief works by Bach, Scarlatti-Brouwer, or Villa-Lobos.

 

Classical Guitar


caferguson@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Ability to play short studies by Sor, Guiliani, or basic repertoire from Noad, Book I

 

Classical Guitar Class


caferguson@stanford.edu

This is a group lesson.

Beginning, Class

No proficiency requirements.

Guitar (Jazz)


rickv1@stanford.edu
Intermediate, Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

Advanced Harp


annabelletaublharp@gmail.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Contact instructor.

Harp


annabelletaublharp@gmail.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Contact instructor.

Harp Class


annabelletaublharp@gmail.com

Contact instructor.

Beginning, Class

Contact instructor.

Advanced Harpsichord


ilanabardavid@gmail.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Ability to play at the level of: Bach Partitas; François Couperin 8ème Ordre; Scarlatti Sonatas; Jean-Phillipe Rameau Suites.

 

Harpsichord


ilanabardavid@gmail.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Ability to play at the level of: Bach Two-Part Inventions; Louis Couperin Suites; Pavan and Galliard of William Byrd.

Advanced Oboe


robinrice@yahoo.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Ability to play all scales, Ferling or similar etude, one of the Six Metamorphoses after Ovid (Britten).

Oboe


robinrice@yahoo.com

Contact instructor for audition

Intermediate, Private

Ability to play a movement from a Baroque concerto, an intermediate etude, and major scales to 4 sharps and 4 flats.

Advanced Organ


rhmorgan@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Ability to play J.S. Bach’s Prelude & Fugue in C, BWV 545,  or equivalent.

Organ


rhmorgan@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition

Intermediate, Private

Ability to play J.S. Bach’s Orgelbüchlein chorales or equivalent.

Advanced Percussion


stan.muncy@gmail.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Snare: a rudimental solo (Pratt or equivalent) and advanced solo (Delecluse or equivalent); mallets: advanced 4 mallet solo, and vibraphone proficiency (dampening, pedaling, etc.); timpani: solo (Carter or equivalent), and orchestral excerpts.

Percussion


stan.muncy@gmail.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Snare: any Peters Intermediate Etude or equivalent; mallets: all scales, and proficiency with 2 and 4 mallets; timpani: any Peters Fundamental Method Etude or equivalent

Percussion Class


stan.muncy@gmail.com

Contact instructor. This is a group lesson.

Beginning, Class

No proficiency requirements.

Advanced Piano


karul2@stanford.edu, laura.dahl@stanford.edu, schultzt@stanford.edu, weldy@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Ability to play by memory pieces at the level of any Beethoven sonata (except op. 49).

For audition: prepare 10 minutes of music, memorized (preferably 2 contrasting pieces); there may also be some sight reading.

 

Intermediate Piano Class


timzer@stanford.edu
Intermediate, Class

Meet with Dr. Zerlang in room 111 or contact him at timzer@stanford.edu or (650) 723-1549.

Introductory Piano Class I


timzer@stanford.edu

This is a group lesson.

Beginning, Class

No proficiency requirements. Sign up on class lists via Axess and attend the first day of class to receive a permission number for enrollment.

Introductory Piano Class II


timzer@stanford.edu

This is a group lesson.

Beginning, Class

Meet with Dr. Zerlang in room 111 or contact him at timzer@stanford.edu or (650) 723-1549.

Introductory Piano Class III


timzer@stanford.edu

This is a group lesson.

Beginning, Class

Meet with Dr. Zerlang in room 111 or contact him at timzer@stanford.edu or (650) 723-1549.

Piano


karul2@stanford.edu, laura.dahl@stanford.edu, schultzt@stanford.edu, weldy@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Ability to play by memory pieces at the level of any Beethoven sonata (except op. 49).

For audition: prepare 10 minutes of music, memorized (preferably 2 contrasting pieces); there may also be some sight reading.

Advanced Jazz Piano


murlow@stanford.edu

Audition live with Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/y2rgnpqp

Audition with a recording: https://tinyurl.com/yy8pbo38

Advanced, Private

Jazz Piano


murlow@stanford.edu

Audition live with Zoom: https://tinyurl.com/y2rgnpqp

Audition with a recording: https://tinyurl.com/yy8pbo38

Intermediate, Private

All skills listed for the beginning class, plus:
    - Knowledge of basic jazz and blues forms
    - Working knowledge of one hand and two hand rooted and rootless chord voicings
    - Ability to read and play jazz or Latin music syncopations
    - Be able to play a jazz standard from a lead sheet in solo piano or trio style, including playing the melody, improvisation, and chord ‘comping’

Jazz Piano Class


murlow@stanford.edu

This is a group lesson.

Beginning, Class

No prior jazz piano experience required, but student must be able to:
    -  Ability to read music - chords, melodic lines
    -  Know and play all major and minor scales
    -  Know and play all types of seventh chords
    -  Calculate intervals and chord extensions quickly, including alterations

Orientation from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. on Wed, Sep 25 in Braun Music Center room 111 (piano lab)

See website: https://music.stanford.edu/music-72d-introductory-jazz-piano

Advanced Saxophone


chazjazz39@hotmail.com, davidhen@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Test exercises in Rubank Advanced No.1; for jazz studies, first 6 exercises in Niehaus, Intermediate Jazz Conception.

 

Saxophone


chazjazz39@hotmail.com, davidhen@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition

Intermediate, Private

Knowledge and performance of chromatic scale (full range) and test exercises in Rubank Intermediate (beginning sections); for jazz studies, first 6 exercises in Niehaus, Basic Jazz Conception.

Advanced Trombone


mcdowell@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Proficiency at the level of Schlossberg, Daily Drills; Bordogni-Rochut, Etudes for Trombone, vol. 1; Kopprasch, Studies (vol. 1); all major and minor scales.

Trombone


mcdowell@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition

Intermediate, Private

Ability to play studies comparable to the Langey, Tutor; Fink, Studies in Legato (or Concone, Solfeggi); Cornette, Method for Trombone; Cimera, selected etudes and studies.

Advanced Trumpet


adamluftman@gmail.com, john@johnworley.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

Trumpet


adamluftman@gmail.com, john@johnworley.com

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Previous experience: Private lessons during high school, some solo performance experience, knowledge of major and minor scales, some proficiency in a standard trumpet method such as the Arban Complete Conservatory Method. Contact the instructor directly to schedule an audition: Adam Luftman: adamluftman@gmail.com; John Worley: john@johnworley.com or (650) 968-0917.

Advanced Tuba


ttuba@comcast.net

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Contact instructor for proficiency requirements.

Tuba


ttuba@comcast.net

Contact instructor for audition

Intermediate, Private

Major Scales - 2  octaves; one Etude from Johannes Rochut Melodious Etudes for Trombone, 8vb and 15mb; one Etude from Kopprasch 60 Studies for Tuba; solo of your choice. Contact instructor directly to schedule an audition: ttuba@comcast.com or (408) 377-3493.

Advanced Viola


lrobertson@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

3-octave scales; ability to play at the level of Kreutzer, Mazas, or Fuchs etudes; 1 or 2 movements from J.S. Bach unaccompanied suite; Telemann concerto, and an entire J.S. Bach unaccompanied suite; Rolla, Zelter, or Hoffmeister concerto.

 

Viola


lrobertson@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

3-octave scales; ability to play at the level of Kreutzer, Mazas, or Fuchs etudes; 1 or 2 movements from J.S. Bach unaccompanied suite; Telemann concerto.

Advanced Violin


ajdoh2011@hotmail.com, dfong1@stanford.edu, dawnharms@juno.com, geoff@slsq.com, rsharp@stanford.edu, dalby@stanford.edu, joomee@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

A minimum of 4 years of private instruction and the ability to play 3 octave scales and arpeggios; a movement of an unaccompanied Bach sonata or partita; a movement of a Mozart, Romantic or twentieth-century concerto; a short virtuostic piece to show your ability level; Paganini Caprice

 

Violin


ajdoh2011@hotmail.com, dfong1@stanford.edu, dawnharms@juno.com, geoff@slsq.com, rsharp@stanford.edu, dalby@stanford.edu, joomee@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

A minimum of 3 years of private instruction and the ability to play scales, arpeggios, and etudes (e.g. Dont, Op. 37, Kreutzer, Rode, Mazas); movement from a solo J.S. Bach sonata or partita or from any concerto or sonata (Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven, etc).

Advanced Violin (Baroque)


a.p.martin@earthlink.net

Contact instructor for audition

Advanced, Private

Contact Anthony Martin at a.p.martin@earthlink.net or 510-232-9824 if you’d like to take lessons.

Violin (Baroque)


a.p.martin@earthlink.net

Contact instructor for audition

Intermediate, Private

Contact Anthony Martin at a.p.martin@earthlink.net or 510-232-9824 if you’d like to take lessons.

Advanced Voice


tenor@stanford.edu, wendyhh1@stanford.edu, novadjimenez@gmail.com, kjenning@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Advanced, Private

Contact individual instructors for proficiency requirements at advanced level.

 

Intermediate Voice Class


kjenning@stanford.edu

This class is closed by design. For further information, see "Proficiency requirements." This is a group lesson.

Beginning, Class

Audition video required prior to the first class meeting. Enroll to the waitlist in Axess at the start of term and/or contact instructor for details.

Voice


tenor@stanford.edu, wendyhh1@stanford.edu, novadjimenez@gmail.com, kjenning@stanford.edu

Contact instructor for audition.

Intermediate, Private

Two songs: one in English, one in another language is ideal.

Voice Class I


tenor@stanford.edu

Register on the waitlist (Axess), and come to the first class meeting. This is a group lesson.

Beginning, Class

No proficiency requirements. Sign up on class lists via Axess and attend the first day of class to receive a permission number.

Voice Class II


tenor@stanford.edu

Register on the waitlist (Axess) and show up at the first class meeting. This is a group lesson.

Beginning, Class

No proficiency requirements. Sign up on class lists via Axess and attend the first day of class to receive a permission number.