Our pool of experienced instructors is drawn from the ranks of the Chicago area’s prestigious performing organizations. They coach 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 advisor.
Applied Music Faculty:
Cynthia Arden, Violin and Viola
Jim Baur, Classical Guitar
Jennifer Bartel, Flute
Kathleen Carter, Violin
Jim Cox, Acoustic and Electric Bass
Elizabeth Gottlieb, Voice
Matthew Harvell, Bassoon
Jean Hatmaker, ‘Cello
Andrew Hudson, Clarinet www.theandyhudson.com
Debbie Knowles, Percussion
Soo Young Lee, Piano (classical)
Shoji Naito, Blues and Jazz Guitar www.shoblues.com
Mitch Paliga, Saxophone and Improvisation
Christine Phillips, Oboe
Tony Ranieri ’74, Piano (classical and popular)
Kathleen van de Graaff, Voice
Chris White, Piano (jazz) www.chriswhitepiano.com
Valerie Whitney, Horn
Keryn Wooden, Harp