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Private music lessons

Private music lessons (MUP courses) are available for credit through both the Sylvania and Rock Creek campuses and are required for students who plan to major or minor in music at a four-year university. Lessons are also available for credit to non-music majors. Our private lesson faculty includes some of the finest musicians in the Pacific Northwest.

For instructors

Instructor evaluation form

If you are a private instructor, please review our Private Lesson Agreement and contact John Mery or Jason Palmer to review the Course Content Outcome Guide (CCOG) specific to your instrument.

For students

To enroll in private music lessons for credit, follow these steps:

  1. Review lesson requirements and fee policy.
    • Lesson requirements: Complete ten (30-minute or 60-minute) lessons with the instructor per term. Attend all Friday performance sessions and perform in a minimum of two per term. Perform in end-of-term concert each term. Complete music jury examination each term (schedules listed below).
    • Fee policy: Students who enroll in private music lessons must pay a lesson fee in addition to the credit tuition. The lesson fees cover the cost of the lessons and are paid to the private lesson instructors. The lesson fee for 2 credits is $500 per term and $250 for 1 credit.
    • Review and sign the Private Lesson Agreement.
  2. Contact lesson coordinators Julianne Johnson (Sylvania, vocal), John Mery (Sylvania, instrumental), or Jason Palmer (Rock Creek) for private lesson instructor contact information. You will then contact the instructor to set up a lesson time. 1-credit lessons are equivalent to ten 1/2-hour lessons, 2-credit lessons are equal to ten 1-hour lessons.
  3. Contact the teacher to arrange a lesson schedule. If you do not have an instructor, contact the lesson coordinator:
  4. Attend and participate in music performance sessions online. Check your PCC email for information on how to access online group sessions. Music performance sessions provide a less formal environment for developing your performance skills. You should perform repertoire that represents material covered during your applied music lessons. Upon verification of COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, notification will be sent to applied lesson students. Friday performance classes are on Zoom until otherwise notified.
    • Winter 2022 Sylvania lessons:
      • January 14, 21, 28
      • February 4, 11, 18, 25
      • March 4, 11, 18
    • Spring 2022 Sylvania lessons:
      • April 8, 15, 22, 29
      • May 6, 13, 20, 27
      • June 3, 10
    • Attend the first performance class online. The first music performance session is mandatory – anyone that is registered and misses this meeting will be dropped.
    • Attend a minimum of six performance sessions – these meetings are mandatory and will count toward your final grade.
    • Perform in a minimum of two sessions.
    • The first performance should be completed by the 5th week of the term or earlier.
    • Performance material should be limited to no more than 12 minutes.
  5. Participate in final concert and jury examinations.
    • Final concerts and recitals are held in the Sylvania Campus Performing Arts Center (PAC) for Sylvania lessons, and the RC Forum Theatre for Rock Creek lessons. During COVID restrictions, refer to the coordinator on information about the Zoom-platformed presentation.
    • These performances provide an opportunity for you to present work covered in your private study, and are open to the public. Attire is semi-formal concert black.
    • For final performances, performance information (title, composer, and composer dates) must be submitted by the deadline set by the instructor. If you don’t meet this deadline, you will not be allowed to perform in the final recitals and will receive a grade of “Incomplete” for the lessons.
    • End-of-term performances:
      • Winter 2022: Sylvania, Tuesday, March 15, 6pm.
      • Spring 2022: Sylvania, Tuesday, June 7, 6pm.
    • Music juries:
      • Winter 2022: Sylvania, Friday, March 18. For MUP students only (bring jury examination form).
      • Spring 2022: Sylvania, Friday, June 10. For MUP students only (bring jury examination form).
      • During COVID-19 via Zoom with link supplied by coordinator – open to the public).

You will not receive credit for private music lessons unless all steps are completed.