Music Lessons

The Music Department’s pool of experienced instructors, drawn from the ranks of the Chicago area’s prestigious performing organizations, coach Lake Forest College students on a variety of instruments and in singing.  

Private lessons are available to any Lake Forest College student regardless of experience. While taking lessons, students learn technique, musicianship, and repertoire, demonstrating their skills in workshops and recitals throughout the semester. Students can earn half or quarter of a credit for each semester of lessons completed.

Consider enrolling in lessons in one of the following areas:

Strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass (both acoustic and electric)

Winds: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, Saxophone

Brass: Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba

Percussion: Marimba, Xylophone, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Set

Keyboards: Piano, Jazz Piano, Organ 

Other Instruments: Classical Guitar, Blues/Jazz Guitar, Harmonica, Ukulele, Harp

Voice, Improvisation, Accompanying 

Please note: Students must pay for the lessons out of pocket (see Undergraduate Fees and Expenses). Certain students, such as Music Majors and Minors, may be eligible to have the fee waived.

For more information, see a Music Department advisor.

Applied Music Faculty:

Cynthia Arden, Violin and Viola

Jim Baur, Classical Guitar

Jennifer Bartels, Flute

Jim Cox, Acoustic and Electric Bass

Richard Faller, Trombone and Tuba

Elizabeth Gottlieb, Voice 

Matthew Harvell, Bassoon

David Hoffman Voice

Andrew Hudson, Clarinet

Debbie Knowles, Percussion

Soo Young Lee, Piano (classical)

Shoji Naito, Blues and Jazz Guitar

Mitch Paliga, Saxophone and Improvisation

Christine Phillips, Oboe

Dorival Puccini, Trumpet

Tony Ranieri ’74, Piano (classical and popular)

Kathleen Van De Graaff, Voice

Sophie Webber, Cello

Chris White, Piano (jazz)

Valerie Whitney, Horn

Keryn Wooden, Harp


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