Fall 2012

Voice Performance Instruction

Listed in: Music, as MUSI-142H


Suzette M. Farnham (Section 01)


A fee is charged to cover the expense for this special type of instruction. For 2012-13 the fee for this course will be $675, for which the student is fully committed following the end of the add/drop period. Those students who are receiving need-based scholarship assistance from Amherst College will be given additional scholarship grants in the full amount of these fees. Students who wish to elect performance for credit must meet the following criteria:

1. An instrumental or vocal proficiency of at least intermediate level as determined by the Department.

2. Enrollment in one Music Department course concurrently with the first semester’s enrollment in performance instruction.

This course may be elected only with the consent of the Music Department Coordinator. This course may be repeated. The following arrangements pertain to the study of performance at Amherst College:

a. All performance courses will be elected as a half course. Only senior Music Majors preparing a recital may take performance as a full course.

b. Fifty minutes of private instruction (12 lessons per semester) will be given and regular practice is expected.

c. Two half courses in performance may be counted as the equivalent of one full course for fulfilling degree requirements. These two half courses must be in the same instrument (or in voice); though not strictly required, the Department urges that the two semesters be consecutive.

d. A student electing a performance course may carry four and a half courses each semester, or four and a half courses the first semester and three and a half courses the second semester.

e. Only with special permission of the Department may students elect more than one performance course in a semester. This request must be in writing to the Department Chair with detailed explanation on why this request is being made. This also requires a special request form obtained from the Registrar with signatures needed from your advisor, your Dean, the Chair of the Music Department, and the Music Department Coordinator.

Students should consult with the Music Department Coordinator to arrange for teachers and auditions. A form located on the bulletin board outside Music Room 212 must be filled out in order to receive an instructor for voice.

Instruction in performance is also available through the Five Colleges with all of the above conditions pertaining; a student wishing to study under this arrangement must enroll through Five College Interchange. 

Half credit.  Fall and spring semesters.   


Section 01


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015