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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. The cost for lessons is $348/semester (half hour, .25 lesson) and $696/semester (hour, .50 lesson) for the 2019/2020 school year.
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
The Music Department is committed to helping all students at Lake Forest College take private lessons in their chosen area of study. The Department is always willing to attempt to find a teacher for any instrument. If you are interested in an instrument that you do not see listed, please contact the Chair of the Music Department.
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
Alyssa Bennett, Voice
Meret Bitticks, Flute
Kate Carter, Violin www.fearlessfiddler.com
Chris Haas, Trumpet
Jean Hatmaker, ‘Cello
Brad Jungwirth, Voice
Debbie Knowles, Percussion
Soo Young Lee, Piano (classical) www.drsoolee.com
Katie McCarthy, Horn
Shoji Naito, Blues and Jazz Guitar www.shojinaito.com
Mitch Paliga, Saxophone and Improvisation
Christine Phillips, Oboe
Tony Ranieri ’74, Piano (classical and popular)
Brady Richards, Clarinet
Chris White, Piano (jazz) www.chriswhitepiano.com