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Carillon Study

There are three areas of carillon study at Berkeley: Beginning group lessons, Private lessons (beginning, intermediate and advanced), and through DeCal.

Regular carillon performance is limited to intermediate and advanced private students, although beginning group students have their lessons on the carillon, and the DeCal students give a final recital on the carillon each semester. In addition to the regularly scheduled performance times, carillon students also have access to practice time on the carillon each week.

Carillon students include undergraduate and graduate students from all fields of study. Although opportunities for employment and professional performance outside campus are severely limited, studying carillon at Berkeley provides the student with an intensive introduction to the instrument, the possibility of involvement with the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America, and the chance to perform on other carillons world-wide.


  • Music 40 Group lessons for beginning students
  • Music 41A, B Private lessons for advanced beginning and intermediate students
  • Music 42 Private lessons for advanced students
  • Instructor: Jeff Davis, University Carillonist

Audition Information

Beginning students must audition on the instrument or voice of their choice before being accepted into the carillon program. The audition consists of a slow and a rapid work of your selection, both of which you are comfortable playing. The purpose of the audition is to appraise your musicality under the most favorable circumstances possible.

Carillon Performance Schedule

  • Monday through Friday
    7:50 AM – 8:00 AM
    12 PM – 12:10 PM
    6:00 PM – 6:10 PM
  • Saturday
    12 PM – 12:15 PM
    6:00 PM – 6:10 PM
  • Sunday
    2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
    Programs available at the tower entrance at 1:30

In addition to the above performance times the carillon is also used as a practice and teaching instrument

  • Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:10-7 PM
  • and Sunday evenings from 6 PM to 7 PM

Note: Outside of the Fall and Spring Semesters the carillon is played as staff are available.