Piano lesson

© Alexa Miller 2013

Pomona College offers private music lessons on more than 20 instruments, including piano, voice, guitar, organ, harpsichord, and all standard orchestra and band instruments, including harp and percussion. Each semester, hundreds of students from all of The Claremont Colleges take lessons through the Music Department. Registration for lessons occurs during the first week of each semester in the lobby of Thatcher Music Building (corner of College Ave. and Fourth St.). Fall semester registration hours are 8:30-10:30am and 1:30-4:30pm; Spring semester registration hours are 8:30-11:30am and 1:30-4:30pm. There is no online registration for lessons. The Registrar's office receives the registration forms from the Music Department after students have been placed and their lessons have been confirmed by the applied music faculty. For further information, please contact the department office.

Lessons and the Curriculum

Private music lessons are offered at two levels, Level I and Level II. Considerable proficiency on the instrument is required to be eligible for Level II lessons. Level II lessons are open only to those students who have passed a qualifying examination. At the beginning of any semester, if you will be performing a qualifying examination, you may provisionally request Level II lessons pending the outcome of that examination. Level I lessons are for one half hour per week and are available for four semesters. Level II lessons may be taken for either a half hour or a full hour per week. Students at Level II are expected to show the increased commitment and improved progress characteristic of intermediate or advanced musical study. Level I lessons award one quarter credit (“cumulative credit”) per semester. Level II lessons award one quarter credit per semester if taken for a half hour per week, or one half credit per semester if taken for an hour per week. Note that at least four semesters of Level II lessons are required for music majors. If you are thinking of being a music major, you will need to pass the qualifying examination fairly early in your undergraduate career, particularly if you are planning to take a semester abroad.

Applied Music Fees
(13 lessons per semester)
Half-hour lessons per semester Half-hour lessons per lesson Full-hour lessons per semester Full-hour lessons per lesson
Pomona College and
Claremont Colleges students
No fee No fee No fee No fee

Pomona faculty, staff, families and
private students

$260.00 $20.00 $520.00 $40.00

All student lessons must be taken for credit.

*For more information about lessons, see the Music Department Handbook [pdf] .

Student Recitals

All students planning on participating in a student recital this semester must be taking lessons at Level II, then complete and return the Student Recital/Accompanist Request Form, with signatures, no later than THREE WEEKS before recital date. Forms are to be turned in to the Concert Production Manager either via the Music Department Office or her office (Thatcher 107). The form also includes accompanist requests.

Fall 2019 Recital Dates, Deadlines and Form

  • Wed. Oct. 16 @ 8 p.m. – Request & Form due Sept. 25
  • Wed. Oct. 30 @ 8 p.m. – Request & Form due Oct. 9
  • Fri. Nov. 8  @ 4 p.m. – Request & Form due Oct. 18
  • Wed. Dec. 4 @ 7 p.m. – Request & Form due Nov. 13
  • Tues. Dec. 10 @ 7 p.m. – Request & Form due Nov. 19
  • Wed. Dec. 11  @ 7 p.m. – Request & Form due Nov. 20

Student Recital/Accompanist Request Form [pdf]

Junior and Senior Recitals

For information on giving a junior or senior recital, please refer to "senior recitals" in the Music Department Handbook [pdf] .
Recital programs need to be received, ready for proofing, by the performer's advisor's at least three weeks before the recital date, and then with corrections, to the Concert Production Manager no later than two weeks prior to the recital date. The Program Template [doc] is available here and under Resources on the Music Department website.