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Author Topic: Music  (Read 2402 times)


  • Newbie
« on: April 08, 2010, 11:28 am »
1)  I couldn't find information about the music minor online.  The Krieger site linked me to Peabody, and the Peabody site directed me back to the Krieger site.  What exactly does the music minor involve?  Is it mostly performance or theory based?

2)  Regarding music lessons.  How good do you have to be to be accepted to them?  Is it easier to get lessons for rarer instruments?  I've been playing harp through private lessons on and off for five years, and I definitely want to continue if possible, but I'm not that good - I estimate the equivalent of Grade 5 or so (not that I've ever taken a formal test).
Also, when do you have to register for music lessons?  Does it have to be done before the semester starts?

3)  How competitive are musical opportunities at Homewood?  Do you have to be very good to get into an ensemble, or is it reasonably inclusive?

Thanks in advance.


  • Hopkins Student
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2010, 04:49 pm »
I can answer parts of this question, but I'm not actually involved with music at Hopkins so hopefully someone else can jump in and help me out

I googled music lessons at JHU and the Registrar's Office gives a pretty thorough response, I hope this helps!

Performance Courses at the Peabody Conservatory

Performance courses at the Peabody Conservatory may either be as part of a grade and credit, or may be audited. Graded performance courses will receive 1 credit per semester unless taken for a double degree program. With the approval of a student’s academic advising office.

Students taking lessons for the first time at Peabody must also complete an Extension Application form which is available in the same locations as the Supplemental Registration Form. Times and locations for Peabody classes are given in the Peabody Master Schedule of Classes, which is available on the Homewood campus in the student’s academic advising office.

Students may take private lessons at Peabody Conservatory with an instructor who is a Conservatory faculty member or a Preparatory faculty member approved by the Deans of the Preparatory and Conservatory. Acceptance is on a space available basis following an audition to demonstrate intermediate or advanced skills. Auditions for Conservatory lessons are held in September. Students will be notified of their audition time by letter from the Conservatory Registrar’s Office. Space in lessons is limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a $165 fee per semester for one half- hour lesson per week. Students who wish to take additional lessons will be charged for them.

The Peabody schedule and deadlines can differ from those at Homewood. Students taking courses and lessons at the Conservatory must check these dates in the Peabody Master Schedule of Courses. Students who wish to take beginning level music lessons may enroll through the Preparatory on a non-credit basis.

This Peabody website is also helpful http://www.peabody.jhu.edu/172

Hope this helped!
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  • Newbie
« Reply #2 on: April 28, 2010, 02:24 pm »
Is there a way to register for music lessons online?  The instructions I found seemed to suggest that I need to mail a physical letter to do it - I didn't know that was still done.  Since I'm coming from Israel, anything involving mail is long and cumbersome.  If online registration isn't available, is there perhaps a way to fax it instead?


  • Hopkins Alumni
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2010, 02:08 pm »
Quote from: "jerdol"
Is there a way to register for music lessons online?  The instructions I found seemed to suggest that I need to mail a physical letter to do it - I didn't know that was still done.  Since I'm coming from Israel, anything involving mail is long and cumbersome.  If online registration isn't available, is there perhaps a way to fax it instead?
Unfortunately, no. Every incoming freshman needs to go through the steps of filling out required paperwork and mailing it beforehand during the summer, then auditioning at the start of the fall semester, and then submitting forms to the registrar's office shortly after their audition (if they were deemed advance enough to take instrument/voice lessons for credit at the Peabody Conservatory).

In reply to your questions from your original post:

1. I used to try being a classics/music double minor (before I decided that I wanted to focus more on classics and take several more classics courses than the minor required); in a nutshell, the music minor requires you to take music theory courses (but you can place out of them), music history courses, and private instrument/voice lessons (or participation in a music-based extracurricular activity that's approved as a way for you to fulfill the minor requirement.)

2. How good you need to be to take lessons depends on the instrument you play, as well as how good you are compared to other students auditioning to take lessons in the same instrument.

3. Since I'm a pianist, I've never looked into joining ensembles at the Homewood Campus (I do play the piano for my church's choir here, but that's an entirely different turf, as you could guess). I do know, however, that not every student who has auditioned for a musical ensemble has gotten into one; I just can't gauge whether it's because their competition was steep, the students simply didn't have sufficient musical background needed to play in the ensembles, or a combination of the two factors.
Class of 2010
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  • Newbie
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2010, 05:29 am »
Thank you very much!

More questions, this time about the Peabody cross-registration form:

1)  It asks for a local mailing address and phone, which I won't have until my dorm is assigned.  What should I write there?

2)  There's room to list "instructor" for the lessons/course/ensemble.  Does that need to be filled out, or is it okay to leave it blank?

3)  It says the form has to be sent in "during the summer".  Does that mean it can't be sent in until the summer?  Is there a specific deadline for when it can be sent in?


  • Newbie
Re: Music
« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2013, 08:15 am »
Hi I'm applying to Hopkins and really want to continue my studies with the viola
except I know the work load at Johns Hopkins is pretty intense, does anyone know what opportunities the school has to balance music with class work?


  • Hopkins Student
Re: Music
« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2013, 03:52 pm »
Hi! I'm in the same boat as you- I love music, and have played the violin and viola for as long as I can remember, and I've also been a singer forever! In fact, I was conflicted between music school and a four-year university.

In terms of continuing your viola studies, there are a few options. You can go down to Peabody and try to take private lessons, which I've never tried but which I've heard are great. You can get academic credit for private lessons, meaning that it would be one way to balance music with studies! You can also join the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, and have it be an activity you do on campus. The upside to this would be that rehearsal would be on campus, as opposed to on the Peabody campus, but you'd be playing with high-level musicians.

If you're interested in studying music in a classroom setting at all, the Homewood music minor is a great way to rack up some credits (H and M, mostly) while learning about something you love! It takes some pressure off of you to get your distribution credits done, and is one way to relieve yourself of some academic stress. It's also only about six classes (meaning I'm done with the minor NOW, as a sophomore) and the professors are Peabody professors that take the JHMI down to Hopkins every day. The classes are great and I couldn't recommend them any more. Western Classical Music, in particular, was a great, great class.

I hope that helps!
Jackie Choi
Class of sweet '16
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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