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One-on-one instruction forms the core of the community school’s program. A teacher who is sensitive to the student’s learning style, interests, and goals can help the student make progress and enjoy the process of making art — whether it’s in music, visual art, or theatre.
Most of our instructors teach traditional private lessons, a term used to describe a wide variety of teaching methods. Teachers create, use, and adapt methods based on their own experience, education, and performance style. Teachers work closely with students and parents to determine what method is best for the student to achieve his or her goals. Teacher and student meet each week to work on a variety of skills, which in music will include mastering the instrument, as well as sight-reading, music history, ear training, and theory. The community school offers traditional private lessons on all musical instruments, as well as in visual art and theatre.
In fall and spring, students may register for 14 lessons for one semester, or in fall, for 28 lessons for two semesters. Lessons are arranged after a registration form is submitted to the office and will be arranged at the mutual convenience of students and teachers.
Resources for Parents
The Parent Guide with tips for children starting music lessons
A Music Resource Guide with area and web sources for instruments, music, and services
A Suzuki Guide for those who would like to know more about the Suzuki approach to lessons at NIU
How are lessons arranged?
To register for lessons, print and complete the registration form. The form may be mailed or faxed to the office, but this process must be completed before lessons can begin or a student may join a class or ensemble.
Recitals are a great way for students to share what they have learned with family and friends in a formal yet supportive setting. Recitals are generally scheduled at the end of the fall and spring semesters. At the NIU Community School of the Arts, all private lesson students are encouraged to perform a polished piece at one of our recitals, but it is not a requirement. A list of accompanists is available. Students are expected to contact and pay accompanists directly.
Note: Some teachers have their own student recitals. They do their best to schedule these recitals to accommodate everyone’s schedule. However, students who are unavailable on the date of their teacher’s recital are welcome to participate in the Showcase Recitals in fall and spring.
All recitals are free and open to the public. A list of currently scheduled recitals can be found on the calendar page.
Fees and Registration Deadline
The deadline for registering for Fall 2013 is August 26 and for Spring 2014 is January 13. Late registrations are accepted on a space-available basis. In fall, lessons begin the week of September 2 and in spring, the week of January 20.
Fall Only/Spring Only
Fall and Spring Semesters
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