Youth String Program
The partnership between the DePauw School of Music and Tzouanakis (TZ) Intermediate School has, to date, provided nearly 500 students with violin lessons free of charge. Every TZ fourth-grader receives 10 lessons during the school day. Those wishing to continue study can do so throughout fourth and fifth grade by participating in twice-weekly classes. For more information, contact Mark Rabideau.
Thanks to the generous support of The SIA Foundation, Inc., the DePauw School of Music was able to purchase a class set of 35 violins for the Putnam County String Program.
Greencastle Middle School Jazz Program
The DePauw School of Music and Greencastle Middle School provides 6-8 graders with the opportunity to explore their own creativity by learning to improvise and perform in a jazz band. Instruction is provided by Steven Snyder, DePauw’s director of jazz studies, and students from the DePauw School of Music. For more information, contact Steve Snyder.
LessonS In the Community Music Program
Lessons in the Community Music Program provide students with 14 individual lessons each semester. Strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, piano, organ, and voice are all available. DePauw faculty and music students serve as instructors for applied lessons. Fees vary depending upon the experience and credentials of the instructor selected. Dance classes are offered in a group setting, with dance requiring a placement audition. For more information, contact Mark Rabideau.
Please find below the required forms for APPLIED LESSONS
for both instructors and students.
- Dance Registration Form
- Student Registration Form (under 18 years of age)
- Student Registration From (18 years of age and older)
- Kindermusik Registration Form
Kindermusik® offers music classes for children, from newborns to seven-year olds, with the goal of aiding development through music and movement. Pairing the mission of Kindermusik® with the principles of Kodaly, Suzuki, and Orff, the program aims to share the joy of music and learning with children in a fun and nurturing environment.
Community Music Program Handbook and Frequently Asked Questions
Students will receive approximately 14 individual lessons each semester. Strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, piano, organ, and voice are all available. DePauw faculty and music students serve as instructors for the applied lessons. Fees range depending upon the experience and credentials of the chosen instructor.
We also offer dance and acting classes taught in a group setting, with dance requiring a placement audition.
Opportunities For DePauw University College of Liberal Arts Students
Lesson through DePauw’s Community Music Program is open to any student registered within DePauw University’s College of Liberal Arts by approval only. Interested College of Liberal Arts student must first consult with the faculty member in the applied instrument area and then meet with the Dean of the School of Music for approval.
Music Major Lessons in the Community Music Program
Music majors are not permitted to take lessons in the community music program. Music majors must register to take lessons as a class at the University.
Lessons and Fees
Students may register for lessons each semester of the school year. Lesson fees are determined by the individual instructor. During registration, students pay a $35 non-refundable registration fee, along with a completed student registration form. All checks should be made payable to DePauw University and submitted to the Music on the Square Coordinator. All registration forms and fees are due prior to the student’s first lesson. There is no lesson payment due during the first lesson, as this is considered free with registration. All lesson fees must be paid directly to the instructor beginning on the second lesson.
All other lesson fees will be paid directly to the instructor.
Attendance and Cancellations
While regular attendance for lessons is important, we also understand that life happens. Should extenuating circumstances prevent you from making a lesson, please let your instructor know as soon as possible. Make-up lessons may be arranged at the discretion of the instructor.
A few guidelines to follow:
- Please stay home if you are sick to prevent the spread of illness.
- Please inform your instructor of any vacation plans in advance.
Lesson Termination Policy
Each student is enrolled in the Community Music Program for the entire semester. Please inform the instructor as soon as possible if you must end lessons. Again, registration fees are non-refundable.
Should lesson payments not be received in a timely manner, the instructor reserves the right to stop lessons at any time during the semester. All outstanding balances must be paid before a new semester of lessons may begin.
At the discretion of the instructor, studio recitals may be presented as we near the end of the semester, providing students with the opportunity to share their music with friends and family while improving their performance skills and concert manners.
As a student, I promise to:
- Attend all lessons regularly.
- Behave respectfully towards teachers, studio equipment, and instruments.
- Arrive on time for lessons.
- Have my own practice instrument and practice location off campus.
- Bring all the music and materials needed for the lesson.
- Practice on a regular basis.
- Refrain from bringing food, drink, or gum into the studio.
- Request permission from faculty and accompanists before using audiovisual equipment and instruments in the studios.
- Speak quietly while at Music on the Square and to be respectful of people in other classes and lessons.
- Have fun! ☺
Expectations for Teacher, Student, and Legal Guardian
The teacher accepts the responsibility of providing a positive atmosphere for learning and making music.
The student understands that he or she must prepare for lessons by practicing consistently, by listening to and cooperating with the instructor, and by bringing all necessary music and materials to the lesson.
The legal guardian promises to supply financial and emotional support for the lessons. This involves promptly paying lesson fees, in addition to providing encouragement for the student in his or her musical studies and maintaining a practice schedule for the student.
- The amount of time needed for warm-ups and practice depends on each student’s level and number of pieces.
- As a general guideline, the youngest student needs at least two 10 minute sessions a day, while more advanced students need a full hour daily.
- Instructors should give guidance regarding good practice strategies. Remember, quality of time is more important than quantity!
Music on the Square: Community Music Program reserves the right to take photographs and video of faculty, staff, and students engaged in teaching, rehearsals, performances, and other activities. These photographs and video are intended for use in University publications such as catalogs, concert calendars, posters, fliers, media advertising, admissions recruitment, and development brochures, as well as the on the website.
The instructor will grant permission for photographers to record classes and individual instruction. Performances and rehearsals will only be photographed with the permission of the conductor or director in charge of the event.