Lesson Scheduling

Registering for lessons is a two-step process. Please complete these steps in this order.

  1. Complete your course registration for either MUS 140 (no credit) or MUS 141 (1/4-credit) in Banner, as you would any other course. In the Drop/Add periods, you will need Permission of Instructor in order to complete you registration. Contact the Department Head for Music to obtain this permission.You may also need to submit an overload petition if you are choosing MUS 141 and that brings your total credits to 4.5 or higher. Your advisor will need to endorse that form, and once that is complete you will be able to register.Please complete this by the end of the first week of classes if possible. Lessons begin in the second week, and while it is possible to add lessons until the end of the formal Drop/Add period, your teacher may not be able to teach all 12 lessons.
  2. When you have completed your registration process in Banner, you will be sent a link to a survey that will ask you for your schedule and some information about your experiences with music. Complete this as soon as possible, and be as  accurate as possible with your schedule.Note that our lesson faculty are often only on campus one day each week. Some flexibility may be required on your part to help the scheduling process. When we have received your scheduling survey, we will forward that to your instructor, who will then contact you to schedule your lesson.

To summarize: 1) register in Banner; 2) complete the scheduling survey when you receive it.

Reserve Classrooms

Complete this survey to request the use of WCA 128 or 215.

Rooms in the Williams Center are reserved for use by students who are enrolled in Department of Music courses, lessons, or ensembles. Anyone wishing to use these rooms must complete this survey no later than 24 hours before intended use. Requests made during the weekends will be reviewed the following Monday: plan ahead if you need a room on a weekend.

Conditions of Use:

1) No food or beverages of any kind may be brought into the room. Closed water bottles are permitted, but must be removed when you leave.
2) No personal items or equipment may be stored in the room without prior authorization from the Department of Music.
3) The room must be returned to its default state (posted on the door) before you leave. This means that all trash is disposed of properly, all chairs and stands are returned to their racks, all equipment is powered off, and all instruments are stored in their proper location.
4) Use of the room  is reserved for individual student practice, rehearsals related to Department of Music ensembles and lessons, private lessons, and other Department-sponsored events. No non-Departmental rehearsals are permitted. Non-curricular ensembles (i.e. Rock Bands, etc.) are asked to secure practice space in Hogg Hall. Contact the college radio station for more information.
5) Students who play large string instruments (Cello, Double Bass, Harp) may store their personal instruments in the room with the permission of Department faculty. They must be kept on the provided racks and not on the floor.
6) Completing this survey does not guarantee that permission to use the room will be granted. The room may not be available when you need it. The Department of Music has sole authority with respect to granting permission to use the room.
Failure to adhere to these polices will result in the loss of the use of the room for the remainder of the semester.

Ensemble Information:

Chamber Orchestra

Rehearsals:  Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm. Williams Center rm.123

The first rehearsal will be on Wednesday, August 30 at 6:30 pm in the Williams Center, room 123.  Additional information on scheduling auditions and repertoire will be posted on the Orchestra website.

Dr. Lewis Baratz, Director

Chamber Singers

Rehearsals:  Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30-6:15 pm, plus additional sectionals. Williams 123

First rehearsal is Monday, August 28 in Williams Center rm. 123. Placement audition required.  See Choral Placement for details.  All students must attend the first rehearsal of Concert Chorus Monday, August 30.

Dr. Jennifer Kelly, Director
Choir Website

Concert Band

Rehearsals: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:15—5:45 pm. Williams 123
Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, August 28 at 4:15 pm.
Only incoming players will have a seating audition:  auditions will be scheduled as needed.  Schedule this audition via the LCCB website.

Contact: Dr. Kirk O’Riordan for more information:
LCCB Website

Concert Choir

Rehearsals:  Mondays & Wednesdays: 4:15—5:30 pm. Williams Center rm. 123

First rehearsal is Monday, August 28 at 4:15 pm in the Williams Center, room 123. Placement required:  see Choral Placement for details. All interested singers must attend the first rehearsal.

Dr. Jennifer Kelly, Director
Choir Website

Contemporary Music Ensemble

Rehearsals: Arranged

Membership in LCCME is by audition/invitation of the Directors only. The core instrumentation is Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, and Percussion, though other instruments, such as oboe, saxophone, viola, horn, and electronics are used frequently. Rehearsals are scheduled as needed throughout the semester.

Dr. Kirk O’Riordan, Conductor
Dr. Holly Roadfeldt, Director
LCCME Website

Jazz Combo

Rehearsals will be scheduled individually with the combos.

First meetings: TBD  Williams Center rm. 215

Mr. Tom DiCarlo, Director

Jazz Ensemble

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, Williams Center rm. 123.

Acceptance into the Ensemble will be determined by past performance results for previous members and auditions may be held for incoming players at the discretion of the director.

First Rehearsal will be Tuesday, August 28, 7:00 pm. Williams Center rm. 123

Dr. Matt Vashlishan
Jazz Ensemble Website

Marquis Consort

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Williams Center rm. 215

The Marquis Consort is a chamber ensemble that performs Early Music and Traditional Music. Interested instrumentalists and singers should contact Professor Torres about auditions.

First rehearsal is Thursday, August 31, at 7:00 pm in Williams Center rm. 215

Jorge Torres, Director
Mr. Eric Van Hoven, Instructor of Voice/Vocal Coach
Marquis Consort Website

Pep Band

The Pep Band performs at all home football games, as well as at home games for both Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Rehearsals occur prior to the games.  Additional rehearsals are scheduled throughout the semester as needed, and attendance is expected at all functions. There is a four-day camp for all players at the beginning of the College’s Orientation Week.

See the Pep Band Website for additional information.

Dr. Kirk O’Riordan, Advisor

Percussion Ensemble

Rehearsals: Mondays from 6:30—8:30 pm, and
Fridays from 4:15—5:15 pm in Williams Center rm. 123.

First rehearsal is Monday, August 28 in Williams Center rm. 123

Matt Wells, Director


Forms and Applications

Complete the Forms and press “Submit.” A member of the faculty or the Department Secretary will confirm receipt of your submission and follow up as needed.

  • Sheng Family Private Lesson Scholarships

Interested in taking private lessons on your voice/instrument through Lafayette? For an additional fee, our Music Department is proud to offer lessons with outstanding professional musicians. Anyone can register for private lessons either for ¼ credit (MUS 141) or not-for-credit (MUS 140).

If you would like to register for private lessons, and need a little help affording those lessons, please consider applying for a Sheng Family Music Lessons Scholarship.

The Sheng Family Music Lesson Endowment provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified students wishing to take private lessons for academic credit (MUS 141).  In order to qualify you must be an active member of a Music Department Ensemble.  While preference is given for students currently receiving financial aid from the College, any interested ensemble member is encouraged to apply.

If selected, you must register your lesson for credit (MUS 141) and are expected to demonstrate commitment and progress throughout the semester and at your end-of-semester jury. At the conclusion of the semester, you will complete a brief online self-evaluation including a statement indicating whether you wish to be considered for an additional semester of Sheng sponsored lessons.

Application deadline is 11:59 pm Tuesday, August 29, 2023.

Scholarship notifications will be sent out by Friday, September 2.

Follow this lInk to apply for a Sheng Family Scholarship

Practice Space:

The practice rooms in South College Hall are open until midnight. Please access the practice rooms via the west entry door: the door on the parking lot side closest to Marquis Hall.