Fact Sheet

Private Music Lessons: 
All students are eligible for private music instruction. Lessons can be taken for either one or two credits or audited (no credit). In order to receive credit, the student must be registered with the registrar’s office. Registration for private lessons must be completed by the end of the add/drop period.

 When lessons are taken for credit, the student must also be enrolled in a music ensemble or the equivalent to be determined by the instructor. The ensemble can be taken for credit or audited. Students taking lessons for credit are assessed a nominal lab fee of $200 per semester by the college (approximately $16.66 per lesson X 12 lessons) whether it is 1 or 2 credits. Students receive 12 lessons per semester

 If private lessons are audited (no credit), a fee is mutually agreed upon by the student and the instructor.

If students are taking more than one lesson, the same rules apply as above – the student must be enrolled in another ensemble to receive the lesson rate of $200 per semester.

Procedures for signing up for private music lessons, both for credit and as an audit
The sign-up procedure for private music lessons for both credit and as an audit are the same as all academic classes. Students cannot add lessons either for credit or for audit after the drop/add period. 
You cannot change the status (credit or non credit) after the add/drop period ends. 
Both the faculty and the student are responsible to make sure that the registrar's office is notified of students who register for private music lessons each semester, whether they are for credit or as an audit. 

Instruction is available for piano, voice, guitar, trumpet, bass, (both classical and jazz), cello, violin, viola, flute, saxophone, clarinet, and oboe and world percussion. Lessons are taught by adjunct professors and in some special cases, graduate students. 

Instrument storage: The college provides music students with lockers free of charge for individual instruments. The student will need to provide her/his own lock and register with the music department office.

Practice Rooms: During the day, practice rooms are booked in the music department office or either by stopping by the music department office or calling 845-758-6822 X3689 between 10 AM - 1 PM for two-hour time blocks.

Bard College Orchestra: Any college student has the opportunity to audition for the Bard College orchestra. Auditions for the orchestra for the spring 2018 semester are on Monday, February 5th. For auditions, please contact Greg Armbruster at garmbrus@bard.edu. The first rehearsal will be Monday, February 12. The orchestra meets Monday evenings from 7:30-10:00 PM in Olin Hall.

Bard College Chamber Singers: Auditions are by appointment. To schedule an audition, please contact James Bagwell at bagwell@bard.edu. Rehearsals are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:40- 6:40 PM in the Bito Conservatory Performance Space.

Bard College Symphonic Chorus: All community members are welcome and music will be provided. The first rehearsal for the spring 2018 semester is Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30 pm in Olin auditorium. The group meets Tuesday evenings from 7:30- 10:30 PM in Olin auditorium.

Jazz Community Orchestra ensemble: Rehearsals are Mondays from 7- 9 PM in the Avery/Blum music building, the jazz room N211.

Gamelan: The Balinese Gamelan Ensemble meets Mondays from 5-7 and 7-9 PM.
No prior experience is necessary.

Hudson Valley Gamelans Giri Mekar & Chandra Kanchana at Bard College meet on Monday evenings throughout the academic year and at other times as needed. Rehearsals are in the Olin green room as follows:

  • 5-7 pm Gamelan class I  - Chandra Kanchana
    (Bard student ensemble assisted by Sue Pilla & Bill Ylitalo;
    Instructor: Pak I Nyoman Suadin)
  • 7-9 pm Gamelan class II -  Giri Mekar
    (Community ensemble, advanced Bard students
    Instructor: Pak I Nyoman Suadin)