How do I sign up for private lessons?

Entrance into a voice studio begins with a vocal evaluation prior to an instructor assignment. During your vocal evaluation (or placement appointment), our faculty will work with you to assess your background and current level of vocal ability, in order to match you with the most appropriate instructor. For more information on the process, contact Dr. Jason Bishop, Director of Choral & Vocal Studies, at or 973-408-3791.

To inquire about the pursuit of private instrumental studies at Drew, contact Prof. David Iskowitz, Coordinator of Instrumental Studies, at

Students register for private instruction by completing and submitting the form available at this link:

Submitting this form is the first step in the registration process for any level of vocal or instrumental study, whether elementary/intermediate (MUS 109, MUS 111-116) or advanced (MUS 325-331).

What do lessons cost?

Private lessons are given on a weekly basis and cost $35 per 30-minute lesson ($420 per semester for twelve 30-minute lessons), and $52.50 per 45-minute lesson ($630 per semester for twelve 45-minute lessons). These fees are assessed to student accounts when the course is added to the student’s schedule. The fee applies regardless of the number of credits for which a student is registered. Students who drop lessons during the drop/add period will receive a refund of this fee, minus the cost of any lessons already received before dropping the course. Students who drop lessons after the final drop/add date will not receive a refund and will receive a W on their transcripts for the course. The final drop/add date is usually approximately 14 days after the first day of classes of each semester.

Can I get help with the lesson fee?

The Music Department has limited funds to offer financial assistance to students for the cost of lessons. Awards of 50% of lesson fees are granted based on need (as determined by the Financial Aid office), with priority given to music majors/minors, or to members of any vocal or instrumental ensemble.

How can I apply for a lesson scholarship?

Fill in the form, below, to apply for a lesson scholarship.

  • For awards for Spring semesters, the application deadline is 20 November; you will be notified by 1 December of the outcome of your application.
  • For awards for Fall semesters, the application deadline is 15 April; you will be notified by 1 May of the outcome of your application.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline and before the end of the add/drop period for the semester in question will be considered if funds are still available.

PLEASE NOTE: Receiving a lesson scholarship for one semester is no guarantee of receiving a scholarship in the future; students must reapply every semester for which they are seeking a scholarship.

For questions about lesson assistance, please contact the chair of the Music Department, Prof. Leslie Sprout, at or (973) 408-3950.

Application for Private Lesson Scholarship