Students in need of placement must send their completed registration form with the $25 registration fee (per semester) indicating the intent and need to be placed. Students will then be contacted by the Preparatory Office to set up a placement interview, if applicable. Students are scheduled for placement interviews on a first-come, first-served basis. They are assigned to teachers according to schedule, campus, playing level, and teacher availability. Due to limited space, registration before August 17 is strongly recommended. Orchestra, Chorus, and Chamber Music have a different placement process. Please refer to those pages for further details.
During the placement interview students and/or parents discuss the goals of the student, program information, and scheduling. It is important to the process that students are prepared to discuss first, second, third, and possibly fourth choices for scheduling with the faculty. Results of the placement interview will either be available at the time of the placement interview or through notification within a week after the interview. Students who have studied an instrument or a discipline prior to enrolling at the Preparatory should bring their instrument and/or any music or portfolio they have been working on with former teachers or programs. Beginners may be asked to demonstrate their musical potential in some way.
When placement has been determined, payment must be made in full before registration is finalized. See payment options.
It is the desire of the Preparatory to accommodate as closely as possible the scheduling needs of the student. On those rare occasions when a student cannot be placed, a full refund of the $25 registration fee (per semester) will be issued. In keeping with University policy, no refund can be processed until one month after the payment has been received or if there is a balance left on a student’s account.
Upon receipt of the registration form and fee, the student will be contacted by the Preparatory Office to schedule a placement time. Plan to attend for an hour. Students will be asked to complete a scheduling questionnaire stating availability for lessons (days, times, campuses). An overview of the offerings for violin, viola, and cello will be presented followed by a question and answer period. Finally, students will play individually for five minutes so best placement can be assessed. Students with experience should play one piece and one scale of their choice (memorization not required). Students will be notified within one week by mail, email, or phone of their placement following their interview. No student will be placed without attending a placement interview. The Preparatory string faculty attempts to accommodate as closely as possible the scheduling needs of each student.
Students auditioning for the Performance Academy for Strings or for the Pre-Conservatory Violin Program will have their placement at the same time as their audition for these programs. Please see their pages for audition requirements and procedures.
String bass students will be contacted by Bass Coordinator Rachel Mangold upon receipt of the registration form and fee.