Shadow a Student

As a prospective music student, you are encouraged to spend a day shadowing a VCU music student. A shadow day gives you the opportunity to sit in on classes and rehearsals, meet our faculty and current music students, eat lunch for free in Shafer Dining Court, and get a feel for life on campus. If scheduling allows, we will also coordinate a free lesson for you with the faculty coordinator of your instrument!

To create a schedule that makes the most of your time, please submit the shadow request form at the bottom of this page. You will receive a confirmation via email of your request and further instructions.

Please note you must submit the form two weeks in advance of your visit.  Any forms received after this point will be considered if there is availability.

All prospective students who wish to shadow in Fall 2017 may do so September 5 thru December 1, 2017. Those who wish to shadow in Spring 2018 may do so January 23 thru April 27, 2018. Shadows will not be scheduled during the summer, on weekends, or on certain VCU holidays.

Recommended days for shadowing by area

On these days, you will have the best opportunities to sit in on our ensembles and various course offerings. We also invite you to check out our Music Department Events Calendar to see if there’s a performance that could coincide with your visit.

  • Jazz Studies: Monday or Wednesday
  • Voice: Monday – Thursday
  • Guitar: Tuesday or Thursday
  • Strings: Tuesday or Thursday
  • Brass, Woodwinds and Percussion: Monday – Thursday
  • Piano: Monday – Thursday


  • Allow for at least three week's notice so that we can accommodate your request. Your appointment is not confirmed until you hear back from us in writing.
  • We recommend you be available 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.