Private Lessons and Secondary Applied Lessons

Private Lessons

Private lessons in music are courses like any other. There is a tuition cost, a lab fee, homework, a jury, and a grade for each semester studied. To register for a private lesson, contact the Department Chair or the front desk for a correct course and CRN number.

Your private lesson teacher will give a first day handout to explain their attendance policy and other requirements for the course. It is very important that you make every effort to attend your scheduled lesson.

Scheduling lessons: All students registered for a MUAP course must leave a class schedule with their applied teacher by the second day of the semester. Lesson times will be posted on the instructor’s door.  All lessons will begin the first full week of classes. Please check with your applied instructor for additional information.

Practice: Gaining proficiency on your major instrument is one of the most important skills you must develop throughout your course of study. Practice rooms (C-5.123a-l) are available in the southwest practice room suite of MBMB. Daily practice is expected. Your applied instructor will provide specific repertoire and practice requirements.

Applied Lesson Attendance: Applied lessons will not be rescheduled to accommodate personal appointments, problems, etc. Instructors are not required to make up lessons simply because you do not make your appointed time. Excessive absences will result in the student being dropped from the course. Instructors will make up lessons that they cancel due to non-college conflicts. Lessons falling on San Jacinto College Holidays may also be made up at the professor’s discretion.

Occasionally music students will be excused from classes for approved performances and field experiences. Although excused from attending, the student is not excused from making up any work missed. It is the student’s responsibility to notify all instructors (especially the music faculty) in advance and inquire about work that will be missed and the procedure for satisfactory makeup.

Secondary Applied Lessons

Occasionally music majors may take applied lessons on secondary instruments. These must be 1-credit (30 minute) lessons and the student must receive permission from the Department Chair as well as the applied instructor before enrolling.