Individual Instrument / Voice Lessons

Due to Covid precautions mandated by Yale University, in-person lessons will only be available for fully vaccinated and boosted students and teachers, and masks must be worn during lessons. For spring 2022, lessons may begin any time on or after January 25 by mutual arrangement with students and teachers.

The Yale School of Music offers music lessons to students in Yale College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the graduate professional schools.

Instruction is available in flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, classical saxophone, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, percussion, harp, harpsichord, piano, organ, guitar, voice, violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

Students interested in composition, choral conducting, and orchestral conducting can find classes in the Department of Music and in the School of Music.

Lessons information for Spring Semester, 2022 

Yale University COVID Review Team has approved YSM music lessons for credit, secondary lessons, and non-credit lessons to be in person after January 25, 2022, provided students are compliant with Yale’s required Covid precautions. 

*No lesson applications will be accepted after January 31, 2022.

Please follow these important requirements: 

  • Participants must be fully vaccinated (including boosters when eligible) in accordance with current Yale COVID policy.  
  • Prior to their first lesson, all participants must receive two negative COVID tests in accordance with the return to campus policy.  
  • For the duration of the spring semester, all participants should receive two COVID tests per week through the Yale Screening Program  
  • Participants who are experiencing symptoms should schedule a COVID test and postpone the lesson until they receive a negative result.  
  • Masks are required for students and teachers.
    • Singers must be masked during voice lessons.  
  • Wind/brass players must wear slit masks and use bell covers during lessons. 

 Once students have met these requirements, they can schedule lessons with their instructors. Access to individual practice rooms in Hendrie will be available by reservation after January 25th through ArtsVision.

Lesson request form

All students wishing to apply for music lessons must first submit a Lesson Request Form.

Undergraduate music lessons for credit

Pending the results of online auditions and faculty availability, YSM will grant credit lessons to select students. Students may be required to play a final jury each semester and will receive a narrative final grade report along with a P or F grade. There is no additional charge for the lessons; students enrolled for credit are also required to enroll in certain music theory and musicianship courses through the Department of Music: MUSI 110, 200, 207, 208, 210, 211, 216, 217, 218, or 219. These courses may be taken prior to or concurrent with credit music lessons. Guidance for music theory placement is available on the Department of Music’s web page.

Students wishing to apply for credit lessons must first fill out an application for lessons here. Students approved by YSM faculty for lessons for credit must have returned the lesson request form in addition to registering for the course with the Yale College Registrar.

Non-credit lessons

Non-credit-lesson students are not required to take any music theory courses, are not required to play a final jury, and do not receive a final grade. Students can choose to receive six hours of non-credit instruction per semester ($350) or 10 hours of instruction ($550). Undergraduate students who demonstrate musical potential and financial need are eligible for a scholarship from the Cynthia Redding White Dixon Memorial Fund through the Department of Music. For information about applying for a scholarship, please contact Kristine Kinsella

There is no refund for lessons missed, and the full year will be charged unless students drop the lessons before the deadline using the Lesson Drop Form. 

Returning undergraduate students

Returning students must complete a Lesson Request Form. All students taking lessons for credit must also register for the class in their regular schedule as well as any music theory co-requisites needed. Some studios require students to re-audition each year. Please contact Professor Kyung Yu (, Director of the YSM Lessons Program, for specific audition requirements for your instrument.