Applied Lessons and Performance Classes
The applied lessons faculty of the Lewis & Clark Music department consists of outstanding professional musicians who perform actively with groups such as the Oregon Symphony, Portland Opera, Third Angle New Music, Fear No Music, Al Andalus Ensemble, and Lewis & Clark faculty ensembles. They are dedicated teachers who foster students’ individual growth through a personalized program of instruction.
Students may enroll in applied lessons each semester for one credit. Music majors will have their primary instrument lessons waived as well as four semesters of piano so that they can complete the proficiency sequence. All students are welcome to audition for a music scholarship, which covers the cost of lessons in full. Scholarship auditions take place during February of each year for prospective and current students. The lesson cost is otherwise $550 per semester.
Non-composition music majors who wish to take a third set of lessons for an instrument that they study seriously can petition the department for an additional waiver, as limited funds are available for additional lessons. To petition the department, students must put into writing why they think they should have an additional set of lessons waived (i.e. do they intend to play the instrument on their capstone recital senior year?) and send it to email@example.com.
Beginning Performance Classes
Another option for students wishing to study an instrument or voice is to enroll in a beginning performance class for a $150 fee. Beginning classes are available in piano, voice, guitar, gamelan, Indian music, Ghanaian music and dance, and Zimbabwean music.
How to Register
To begin the process of enrolling for lessons, please contact your instructor as early as possible to arrange a first meeting at the beginning of the semester. See the list of instruments and instructors below.
For instruments with multiple instructors, please contact the appropriate area coordinator or instructor shown below, who will ensure that you are placed with the instructor best suited to your needs: Piano: Susan Smith; Voice: Susan McBerry; Violin: Lance Inouye; Guitar: Dan Balmer (Jazz), Julia Banzi (Flamenco and Folk), John Mery (Classical).
Please see the list below for a list of private lessons, group classes, and faculty members to contact to be placed with an instructor. For a more detailed list of applied lessons and performance classes, please visit this page in the Undergraduate Catalog.
A full list of instructor biographies can be found here.
|Oboe/English Horn||Mitch Iimori|
|Clarinet/Bass Clarinet||Dunja Marcum|
|Saxophone (all types)||David Evans|
|Violin||Lucia Atkinson and Shin-young Kwon; contact Lance Inouye for instructor placement|
|Bass (acoustic)||Jason Schooler|
|Bass (electric)||Jeff Leonard, Bill Athens; contact Jeff Leonard for instructor placement|
|Guitar (Classical)||John Mery|
|Guitar (Folk)||Julia Banzi|
|Guitar (Flamenco)||Julia Banzi|
|Guitar (Jazz)||Dan Balmer|
|Jazz Drumset||Brett Paschal, Charlie Doggett; contact Brett Paschal for instructor placement|
|Ghanaian Percussion||Alex Addy|
|Piano (Classical)||Susan DeWitt Smith, Yoko Greeney, and Stephanie Thompson; contact Susan DeWitt Smith for instructor placement|
|Piano (Jazz)||Joe Bagg|
|Tabla||Pablo Llambias Carter|
|Voice (Classical)||Susan McBerry, Anna Haagenson, and Lisa Actor; contact Susan McBerry for instructor placement|
|Jazz Voice||Zsofia Csikos; contact Susan McBerry for placement|
|Hindustani Voice||Michael Stirling|
|Electronic Music Lessons||Jeff Leonard|
|Songwriting||Rebecca Jordan Smith|
|Half- Credit Lessons||Contact corresponding Area Coordinator|
|Piano Proficiency 1-4||Contact Susan DeWitt Smith for instructor placement|
|Applied Brass Lessons||contact Brett Paschal|
|Applied String Lessons||contact Lance Inouye|
|Applied Woodwind Lessons||contact Brett Paschal|
|Independent Study||contact Music Chair|
|Group Performance Classes|
|Beginning Voice Class||Anna Haagenson|
|Guitar Classes||John Mery|
|Wind Symphony||Brett Paschal|
|Jazz Combos||Dan Balmer|
|Voces Auream Treble Chorus||Aubrey Patterson|
|Community Chorale||Katherine FitzGibbon; John Cox in 22/23|
|Cappella Nova||Katherine FitzGibbon; John Cox in 22/23|
|Vocal Performance Workshop||Susan McBerry|
|Gamelan Ensemble||Mindy Johnston|
|Zimbabwean Music Ensemble||Nathan Beck|
|Ghanaian Music Ensemble||Alex Addy|
|Indian Music Ensemble||Michael Stirling|
|Percussion Ensemble||Brett Paschal|
|Guitar Ensemble||John Mery|
|Chamber Music Ensembles||Nancy Ives|
|Accompanying Class||Stephanie Thompson|