Private Lessons: Vocal
Private lessons are open to all members of the Brandeis community by audition.
The Music Department has four gifted professional singers who teach voice: Jason McStoots, Krista River, Kristen Watson and Pamela Wolfe. Ten lessons are offered each semester, and this is a great way to develop your vocal instrument. If you participate in voice lessons and a voice studio, there is a co-requisite of participating in a Brandeis University ensemble.
How to Register for Voice Lessons
- Auditions will take place on Friday, August 30. Sign up for a fall 2019 voice lesson audition slot here.
- A consent code is required for registration in private voice lessons (MUS 112). Complete the Private Voice Lesson Info and Agreement Form (PDF) and email it (or deliver it) to Professor Robert Duff. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, September 11.
Please note that final enrollment and acceptance into a voice studio is contingent upon successful completion of a voice lesson audition.
If you have specific questions about voice lessons please contact Professor Robert Duff.
- Please bring one or two prepared works to sing, along with a copy of the music for the accompanist. This can be a classical work, a piece from musical theater, a hymn tune or folk song.
- Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time, come properly dressed for the audition, and be warmed up and ready to sing.
This is an experiential learning course, offered on a credit/no-credit grading basis.
Yields two credits (one semester half-course credit).
Placement auditions will be held at the start of the semester.
Students registering for MUS 112a must also register for a departmental Ensemble (MUS 80a,b – 87a,b or 116a,b); 112a may NOT be taken alone. Students may petition to substitute one semester of a professionally directed non-university ensemble for their university Ensemble co-requisite.
A maximum of four course credits will be allowed for all enrollments in Ensemble (MUS 80a,b – 87a,b) alone or Private Instructions and Ensemble together. Successful completion of MUS 112a,b may be applied only once toward the requirements for the major or minor in music.
Course may be taken as a noncredit activity by registering in the XC section.
Studio fee: $250 fee for majors; $700 for non-majors.
Voice students will take ten one-hour, private lessons per semester. Fundamental skills of breathing, resonating, and relaxing will be taught along with repertory appropriate to the individual student. A ten-minute jury is required in second semester.