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Private Music Lessons

Private lessons in voice, keyboard, band/orchestral instruments, sitar, guitar, electric and upright bass, and drum set are offered every semester for academic credit (0.5 unit, no fee). Approved students receive 13 fifty-minute lessons per semester and a letter grade; a minimum of one hour practice per day is expected and a performance jury at the end of the semester is encouraged. There are a limited number of private lesson spaces available each semester, so lesson approval is not guaranteed for students who are not music majors/minors.

Credit Lessons  (MSAP 160-182, 260-282), 0.5 unit

  • Private lessons are available to all undergraduate students, although beginning voice, guitar and piano students should complete Class Voice, Class Guitar, or Class Piano before requesting private lessons.
  • There is no additional fee for private lessons.
  • Weekly 50-minute private lessons begin the second week of classes each semester.
  • A placement audition is required for new Voice and Piano students:

Private Lesson Request Procedure

  • submit the Private Lesson Request Form during the registration period prior to the semester in which you want to study. The Private Lesson Request Form must be submitted before the end of the 5-day no-fee Add/Drop period of each semester.
  • your lesson requests will be evaluated for approval by the Music Department
  • your lesson approval status and assigned teacher, if applicable, will be relayed via email before the end of the 5-day add/drop period
  • if approved for lessons, follow the MSAP registration instructions outlined in your approval email
  • contact your assigned teacher to set up your weekly lesson time

Contact Linda Smalley, Music Department Administrative Coordinator, with questions.