Individual Performance Studies

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Course Information
Terms offered: 
Fall, Spring
Language of instruction: 
Contact Hours: 

Previous instruction in the instrument of choice; an audition may be necessary to determine the appropriate level of instruction.

Additional student cost: 

The student will receive the lesson subsidy (currently 500 Euros) to help defray the cost of lessons. Students may not receive a stipend for both the Individual Performance Workshop and the MS 390 Music Performance Workshop.


Individual Performance Studies is dedicated to a hands-on approach to the performance of music under the supervision of professional Viennese musicians. The number of credits awarded is determined by the number of contact hours with the personal instructor, number of hours of private practice, and the preparation of a private solo recital according to the following criteria:  

  • 12 hours (actual real-time hours, not the number of lessons) of private instruction, and
  • 75 or more hours of independent practice.

For each private lesson, students are expected to complete and document 6 hours of independent practice.  Students enrolled in Individual Performance Studies may not use private instruction or hours of preparation that are required as a part of the Music Performance Workshop in order to receive credit for this course.

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Be able to demonstrate improvement in their performance ability and knowledge of the instrument
  • Develop specific musical skills, including stylistic interpretative abilities and practice techniques
  • Expand their repertoire
Method of presentation: 

Personal instruction.

Required work and form of assessment: 

Students must arrange for private instruction at their own initiative. They are required to document their practice times and the date and length of every private lesson. The instructor will complete a written evaluation form that provides an assessment of the student’s musicianship, preparation, progress, and any other relevant issues. The student is responsible for ensuring that this written evaluation is turned into the Registrar’s Office at the IES Abroad Center before the end of the semester.