Private vocal and instrumental music lessons are available to all Lafayette students, regardless of major.
We have a highly qualified staff of professional musicians who provide individual instruction from beginning to advanced levels. Students may choose from three categories of instruction (Music 140 or 141) depending on level of interest and background. In addition to satisfying a personal need to continue supervised study, up to eight semesters of credit may be applied toward fulfillment of humanities electives. There is an extra fee of $510 for one semester’s study (12 lessons).
The first step in registering for Applied Music is to decide which course is appropriate for you. Instruction is usually available for most instruments and for voice for beginning through advanced levels.
Any questions regarding any of the above requirements can be addressed to the head of the Music Department. Once you decide the course in which you wish to enroll, follow this link to start the registration process. You should then see Mrs. Takacs in room 239 Williams Center for the Arts. There, you will receive the appropriate signature on your registration card and additional information. On the first day of the semester in which you are enrolled for Applied Music lessons, you must come by the Music Office to fill out a schedule form indicating available lesson days and times. Prior to the beginning of the second week of classes (lessons start the 2nd week of the semester), you will be notified of your lesson day and time.
The fee ($510 per semester) is the same for all students, whether they register for Music 140 or 141. Registered students will be billed by the Controller’s Office after the semester begins. Fees are not refundable after the published “Drop/Add” deadline. The head of the music department must sign all Drop/Add requests; the date on which you actually secure the department head’s signature will determine the refund status. In any event, any lessons taken before that point will be charged to your bill.
Each Applied Music course consists of 12 45-minute lessons. Students are required to be in attendance and on time for ALL lessons. Attendance is mandatory for students enrolled in Music 141. Any unexcused absences can lower your grade. Absences for reasons other than extraordinary personal emergencies or illness (for which you must have a dean’s excuse) must be cleared through your instructor at least 48 hours in advance (calling the morning of your lesson is NOT sufficient). Excused absences will be made up at the discretion of the instructor. Unexcused absences will NOT be made up, nor will a refund be given. Absence from more than two lessons will lower your final grade.
140. Applied Music Instruction (non-credit). Private instruction for students who seek no academic credit. Twelve private lessons of 45 minutes each. No credit or grade given. Considered an “audited course.” (Extra fee) Staff.
141. Applied Music Instruction. This is the primary course for students interested in private instrumental or vocal instruction. Twelve lessons of 45 minutes each. Jury examination is required. ¼ course designation. Credits may be combined up to the equivalent of two courses to satisfy humanities elective requirements. (Extra fee) Staff.
142. Intensive Applied Music Instruction. This course is reserved for advanced students who have completed a minimum of two semesters of Music 141 with grades of “A.” Both jury examination and exemplary recital participation are required. Twelve lessons of 60 minutes each. ½ course designation. Credits may be combined up to the equivalent of two courses to satisfy humanities elective requirements. (Extra fee) Staff.