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Music Lessons

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