Santa Clara University


Private Instruction


All Santa Clara students are eligible to apply for enrollment in private applied instruction although, due to enrollment caps, the Music Department may not be able to honor every request. Beginning-level students in piano, voice, and guitar should enroll in one of the group instruction classes: MUSC 30 - Beginning Piano Class; MUSC 34 - Beginning Voice Class; MUSC 36 - Beginning Guitar Class.

It is important to note that failure to attend lessons or juries will jeopardize the students' enrollment for future quarters. All private lessons for credit take place on campus

Due to the enrollment cap, all, students who are REQUIRED to take lessons for their Major or Minor receive first priority for lessons:

Music Majors

All Music Majors are required to take a minimum of 3 quarters of private instruction.

  • Majors pursuing the Performance Emphasis must complete a minimum of 9 quarters of private instruction.
  • Majors pursuing the Composition Emphasis must complete their minimum requirement PLUS at least 3 quarters of private instruction in Composition (for a total of 6 quarters).
  • All majors are encouraged to take private instruction every quarter. One 60 minute lesson, or two 45 minute lessons in different areas, or three 30 minute lessons in different areas.  Combined maximum time of 90 minutes. 

Music Minors

Music Minors are required to take a minimum of 2 quarters of private instruction in an area of their choice. One 45 minute lesson or two 30 minute lessons in different areas. Combined maximum time of 60 minutes.

Theater/Musical Theater/Dance Majors/Minors

Musical Theater Minors are required to take a minimum of 3 quarters of vocal instruction over the course of their minor. 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons at the discretion of the instructor. 

Elective Students

30 minute lessons. Priority given to members of departmental ensembles.

If you perform with the University Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble or Choral groups, you will get top priority for lessons (after Majors and Minors have been accommodated).

Lesson Attendance

Students are required to attend ALL lessons during the quarter.

In the case of illness, the following policy applies:

  • Lesson Cancellations - Only one make-up lesson is granted per quarter for student cancellation
  • Lessons canceled by the instructor will be made up at a mutually agreed time

Any variance must be approved by the department chair.

For all students intending to continue taking lessons the following quarter, private lesson forms must be turned in during the regular registration period.  For all students taking private lessons for the first time, these forms must be turned in no later than 3 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the quarter.


All students who are enrolled in private instruction must complete NINE weeks of instruction, and take a jury in their area of study.

All juries are organized and scheduled by the instructors in consultation with the music department office, and will always take place during FINALS WEEK. Jury signup sheets will be posted by the Music Department two weeks prior to finals.

Students are required to fill out a jury examination form on which they list material studied throughout the quarter. They will be asked to sing/play one or more of these works at their Jury Examination, which will last between 5-10 minutes. Forms are available to download here.

Jury examinations account for 1/3 of the total grade for the quarter.

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