Music Studio (Individual lessons)

Due to Covid-19 pandemic, studio lessons will be offered remotely in the fall term. Health and safety are our priority. Stay tuned for more details. 
(Some details below will be updated. Note: information below is pre-Covid.)

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Music Studio courses offer individual instruction in voice, piano, organ, all orchestral instruments, saxophone, and guitar.  Music studio courses are MUSIC 226, 227, 326, 327, 426, 427, and 428.  Only students applying to take Music Studio for the first time (MUSIC 226) need to audition.

Note: When studio is offered through on-line or remote learning, some instruments listed may not be offered.  Contact the music department for more information.

Anyone in any undergraduate program may take MUSIC 226 and 227 after a successful audition.  However, see availability to majors/non-majors for details.



Admittance to take your first Music Studio course: MUSIC 226 (individual lessons) is by audition. The audition is meant to ensure the faculty that the student has achieved a certain degree of accomplishment and shows sufficient promise to merit this kind of instruction for credit. Because there are typically more qualified students auditioning than we have places available, the faculty will select the best candidates on a competitive basis. The auditions also provide a basis for faculty to evaluate the progress of a student during subsequent studies. See performance standards for further information.

Scheduling and information

See the music studio auditions page for more information on:

  • scheduling your audition
  • audition dates
  • performance standards
  • audition requirements
  • required audition materials
  • procedures
  • piano accompaniment
  • results and scholarships



Students who have been accepted by audition into Music Studio must then visit the music office in order to obtain a permission number that will allow them to add it to their timetable on Quest. Before you visit the music office, be sure to do the following:

  1. Register online for a Music Ensemble (MUSIC 116, 117, 216, 217, 316, or 317; see Music ensemble courses for which number to take), which is the co-requisite for Music Studio. (Any exceptions must be cleared by Professor Maisie Sum, Undergraduate Officer)
  2. Bring a copy of your timetable (printed in calendar format off Quest) to give to the Department of Music administrative assistant in the music office. This will be used to schedule you for master classes and student recitals.
  3. Bring your Music Studio fee (cash or cheque payable to Conrad Grebel University College). A receipt for your payment will be provided.

When you visit the Music Office, provided you have done all of the above, you will be given a permission number in order to enroll in the course through Quest and a lesson time will be arranged.

Studio fee

In addition to tuition, there is a fee of $312.00 (as of Spring 2020) to take Music Studio. This fee covers the higher cost of providing one-on-one instruction to students as well as the use of a piano accompanist and master class instruction. This must be paid at the music office before any lessons are given.

Ensemble participation requirement

All students who enroll in Music Studio must participate in an ensemble  for that term. There is a separate audition to be admitted into an ensemble. See ensembles for more information.

Remember that you also must audition separately for and be accepted into a music ensemble in addition to having registered for ensemble online (MUSIC 116, 117, 216, 217. 316, 317).


Each term consists of nine hours of individual instruction, typically given as 12 weekly 45-minute lessons. Occasionally, an instructor may structure the nine hours of instruction in fewer, longer lessons.


Visit people profiles web page for a list of our studio instructors and view our list of instruments taught.

Master class

Master class refers to group performance classes. In addition to individualized instruction, all Music Studio students are required to attend scheduled master classes. For example, a group of instrumental students might meet with a studio instructor for two hours one day to perform for each other, receive constructive critique, and learn new techniques.


Music Studio students typically perform in a student recital for their peers and the greater public at the end of the term. Participation in a student recital is encouraged, but not required for students in MUSIC 226 and 227.  Student recital participation is required for MUSIC 326, 327, 426, 427 and 428. 

Honours and joint honours music students may wish to perform a graduation recital as part of their degree.  This is done by taking MUSIC 428.


All Music Studio students (except pianists) are entitled to one hour per term with an accompanist in order to prepare for recitals and master classes.


Music Studio students are evaluated based on the quality of their work and attendance at lessons, the quality of their work and attendance at master classes, the quality of their jury performance (the jury is a performance-based "final exam" at the end of the term), and attendance at student recitals.

Availability to majors and non-majors

The following limits apply to the number of Music Studio courses students may take for credit:

Honours and joint honours music
Six terms
MUSIC 226, 227, 326, 327, 426, and 427 or 428 (with grad recital)

Music 4-year general
Five terms
MUSIC 226, 227, 326, 327, and 426

Music 3-year general
Four terms
MUSIC 226, 227, 326, and 327

Music minor
Three terms
MUSIC 226, 227, and 326

Music Studio as an elective
Two terms
MUSIC 226 and 227

Please also carefully read the course outline for more detailed information on the Studio courses.

Auditions | Enrolment | Lessons | Instructors | Master class | Recitals | Accompanist | Evaluation | Availability to majors and non-majors