A limited number of pre-college students are accepted in piano and stringed instruments
for instruction in music performance and musicianship skills. The work is normally
carried on in a combination of group and private lessons.
Our teaching process is tailored to the needs of the individual student. Since no
two students are alike, we plan the instruction precisely and thoroughly to develop
and enhance the unique qualities of each student. Above all, we nurture in our students
a lifelong appreciation and love for music.
The calendar of the department coincides with the academic year. Additional information
concerning opportunities and fees may be obtained by writing or calling the preparatory
Piano Preparatory Department
The Piano Preparatory Department, with its one hundred and fifty years of service
to Bloomington-Normal and its surrounding communities, shares in the reputation of
excellence enjoyed by Illinois Wesleyan University's academic traditions. Presser
Hall is home to School of Music undergraduates as well as to our preparatory students;
this gives our young scholars access to superior facilities in an atmosphere of vibrant
and inspiring academic and musical activity.
Our Piano Preparatory Department prides itself on its high standards of teaching.
We strive to develop in students not only pianistic skills but also a broad knowledge
and appreciation for the world's great musical traditions. To these ends, we offer:
highly qualified, experienced, and committed piano teachers;
45-minute private lessons focused on classical repertoire for the piano, piano technique,
music theory, and the development of critical listening skills;
opportunities to perform in student recitals throughout the year;
skills testing, and evaluations of student progress each semester; and
opportunities to attend free recitals presented by the IWU's School of Music professors,
students, and guest artists.
Join with IWU's Piano Preparatory Department faculty as we look forward to developing
new and better ways to serve our community's young musicians.
The String Preparatory Department at Illinois Wesleyan University is currently enrolling
students for private lessons on violin, viola, cello, double bass, and guitar. Fall
semester lessons begin on August 17, 2020. The IWU String Prep Program offers weekly
private lessons to students of all ages, chamber music, and recitals. For registration
information, please contact Lisa Nelson at (309) 556-3547 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Philosophy: In the IWU String Preparatory Program, each student is treated as a unique
individual with unlimited potential; lessons conform to the age, abilities, musical
experience, and goals of each student, aiming to challenge, discipline, stimulate
critical and creative thinking, and most importantly, nurture an appreciation and
enjoyment of music.
Lessons: Students have the options of 30-, 45-, or 60-minute private lessons, which
are given weekly at Presser Hall, IWU. All teachers have significant teaching experience
and have degrees in performance and/or music education.
Recitals: All students are expected to perform in at least one of the many solo recitals
held throughout the year (please see calendar for recital dates). Students and their
families are highly encouraged to attend concerts and recitals at IWU and in the community.
We will post announcements of faculty recitals during the year. There is a series
of free concerts at IWU each summer-- concert times are listed at www.ilchambermusicfestival.com
Chamber Music: The String Prep Dept. offers a chamber music program for strings, winds,
and piano in the fall semester. Students are placed in groups according to their age,
level, and experience and are coached by IWU and Prep faculty once a week. The chamber
groups present a final concert in December and have additional opportunities to perform
in the community.
Theory Classes: Theory classes are offered every other spring semester.
The Preparatory Program at Illinois Wesleyan University is offering a limited number
of full-tuition scholarships for weekly private lessons. Flute, clarinet, oboe, and
French horn players in the Bloomington-Normal area, grades 4-12, are eligible. Recipients
will be selected by musical potential and financial need.
Scholarship recipients are expected to attend lessons held weekly at Illinois Wesleyan
University and perform twice a year in Prep Program recitals. Students must practice
and be prepared for every lesson.
Ralla Klepak Community Music Scholars at the Preparatory Programs
The Ralla Klepak Community Music Scholars provides access to preparatory music lessons
and other programming to students who have been traditionally underserved throughout
the Bloomington-Normal community. Students receive individualized instruction with
IWU instructors. Instruments and lesson materials are free to those qualifying to
the program and are fully funded by the Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education in the
Performing Arts. The calendar of the program coincides with the academic calendar.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in several performance opportunities
throughout the year at Illinois Wesleyan University's campus.
The Klepak music faculty are professionally trained and passionate about music education
and serving our community.
Interested individuals are encouraged to apply. Acceptance to the program is based
on financial need (i.e. free and reduced lunch). Lessons are held at Bloomington Junior
High School, Illinois Wesleyan University and other locations. Read our press release to learn more about the start of this program.