Music - Applied Private Lessons

Private music lessons are available to students who wish to begin study in the instrument of their choice for personal development (enrichment- 100 level courses) or to continue study as a music major pursuing a transfer degree (major level- 200 level courses). Students who are interested in private lessons should contact the Coordinator of Private Applied Music Andrew Jensen before enrolling in the course for the first time. All private applied music students are required to perform for a jury of two or more music faculty including their private instructor during final exam week. This provides an opportunity for other music instructors to offer constructive reinforcement and concur on the final grade given by the private teacher as well as approve continuation of applied study at the 200 level. The jury will consist of performance of at least one composition or study as well as any technical exercises the instructor requests based on material covered during the semester.

For more information, please contact Andrew Jensen at 618-235-2700, ext. 5032 or 

Enrichment study: 1 hour credit; Lab fee: $300

  •  MUS 119 Piano
  •  MUS 120 Voice
  •  MUS 121 Trumpet
  •  MUS 122 French horn
  •  MUS 123 Trombone
  •  MUS 124 Tuba/Euphonium
  •  MUS 125 Flute
  •  MUS 126 Clarinet
  •  MUS 127 Oboe
  •  MUS 128 Bassoon
  •  MUS 129 Saxophone
  •  MUS 130 Violin
  •  MUS 131 Viola
  •  MUS 132 Cello
  •  MUS 133 Double Bass
  •  MUS 134 Guitar
  •  MUS 135 Bass Guitar
  •  MUS 136 Percussion

Students studying for enrichment will be assigned to an instructor at the beginning of the semester. Instruction is one-on-one and students will receive fifteen half-hour lessons during the term.

Music Major Level study: 2 hours credit; Lab fee: $600

  •  MUS 219 Piano
  •  MUS 220 Voice
  •  MUS 221 Trumpet
  •  MUS 222 French horn
  •  MUS 223 Trombone
  •  MUS 224 Tuba/Euphonium
  •  MUS 225 Flute
  •  MUS 226 Clarinet
  •  MUS 227 Oboe
  •  MUS 228 Bassoon
  •  MUS 229 Saxophone
  •  MUS 230 Violin
  •  MUS 231 Viola
  •  MUS 232 Cello
  •  MUS 233 Double Bass
  •  MUS 234 Guitar
  •  MUS 235 Bass Guitar
  •  MUS 236 Percussion

Music majors are required to register for 200-level applied music (MUS 219-236). An audition and departmental approval is required. Students who do not pass the audition but desire to pursue an Associate of Fine Arts degree may enroll in the 100-level applied music courses (enrichment only) in order to improve their skills. Students enrolled in the 100-level courses may continue to audition for approval in the 200-level applied music through their applied music jury at the end of each semester. If a student studying at the 100-level achieves the level of performance of a freshman music major in their chosen instrument or voice within four semesters of study at the 100 level, the music faculty will grant approval for the student to begin enrolling in the first semester of the 200 level at that time. Music majors must complete four semesters of Private Applied Music in the same instrument or voice toward the Associate of Fine Arts degree. Any music major receiving private applied instruction for credit must participate in an appropriate ensemble.

Students studying as a music major will be assigned to an instructor at the beginning of the semester. Instruction is one-on-one and students will receive fifteen hour-long lessons during the term. Students studying at the 200-level are required to participate in a minimum of one student recital each semester that they are enrolled in a 200-level private applied course, and are also required to attend all student recitals and masterclasses, as well as other events. All required events will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays. For students needing a piano accompanist, one will be provided.

Student Recitals: The Private Applied Music Program offers student recitals in the fall and spring semesters to give enrolled students the opportunity to perform. Attendance of all student recitals and other select departmental events is a requirement for all students enrolled in 200-level private applied lessons. All events are held on Wednesdays at 3 p.m.  Students will be given a list of required events at the beginning of every semester. Failure to attend all required events will result in the lowering of the student's grade for private applied lessons.

Audition Information

  1. All students interested in a music major should audition before the start of the semester they plan to enroll. The scholarship auditions in the spring semester of each year will be the earliest opportunity to audition for the following fall semester. The scholarship audition will double as the applied music audition. The audition date will be coordinated with the Music Theory placement test. To apply for an audition date, please contact

    Ed Jacobs
    Music Department
    Southwestern Illinois College
    2500 Carlyle Ave.
    Belleville, IL 62221

  2. A minimum of three music faculty will be present for the auditions. The length of the audition will be approximately 15 minutes. Students should arrive 15 minutes prior to their audition time so they may warm up in a practice room.
  3. Students are encouraged to provide their own accompanist. However, vocalists and instrumentalists who require an accompanist are asked to send their accompaniment to the music department two weeks in advance of the audition date.

Audition requirements:

All auditioned students may be asked to perform various basic musicianship skills such as sight-reading, tonal memory, technique such as major or minor scales, and improvisation depending on what is appropriate for the instrument/voice.

  • Voice
    • Perform two contrasting selections from memory. One selection should be from standard classical songs or areas and the other selection may be the student's choice.
  • Piano
      Perform two selections from contrasting style periods from memory. Suggested repertoire should equal the difficulty of:
    • Baroque: Bach Inventions, Scarlatti Sonatas
    • Classical: One movement of a Mozart, Haydn or early Beethoven Sonata
    • Romantic: Chopin Preludes, Mazurkas, short works of Brahms, Schumann, Grieg 
    • Contemporary: Kabalevsky Preludes, Bartok Hungarian Folk Songs, Debussy Arabesques, etc.
  • Instrumental (Woodwinds, Brass and Strings)
    • Students will be asked to perform one or two selections of appropriate literature such as solo and ensemble contest selections or All-State audition pieces or equivalent of that level.
  • Instrumental Jazz
    • Perform one jazz selection in a contemporary style of the student's choice. Prospective students will be asked to improvise. Rhythm instrument players should be prepared to demonstrate comping chord changes from a chart.
  • Percussion
    • Percussionists should be prepared to perform on a minimum of two instruments. One should be snare drum and the other may be the student's choice from timpani, xylophone or marimba. Drum set players should be prepared to demonstrate various styles such as jazz, rock, Latin, etc. Percussionists do not need to bring any percussion instruments as they will be provided. Please bring your own drumsticks.