Private music lessons at Pomona College

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.

Lessons and the Curriculum

Private music lessons are offered at two levels, Level I (Music 10, half-hour lessons) and Level II (Music 20 or 100).

All new students should register for Level I. Level I lessons award one quarter credit (“cumulative credit”) per semester and are available for four semesters.

If you are an experienced player or singer and wish to take graded half-hour or hour lessons, you should consult with your teacher at your first meeting about the possibility of taking the Qualifying Examination (QE) to be placed into Level II lessons. Students at Level II are expected to show the increased commitment and progress characteristic of intermediate or advanced musical study. 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 QE fairly early in your undergraduate career, particularly if you are planning to take a semester abroad.

The Qualifying Examination is a short audition. The next one takes place on Friday, December 10. To take the Qualifying Examination, get the QE application form and requirements from the Music Department office (Thatcher 104), fill it out, obtain your instructor’s signature, and return it to the office. At the same time sign up for your audition time.

The Music Department will work with the Registrar’s Office to enroll you in your lessons. You do not sign up for lessons through the portal.

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 contact Prof. Cramer or 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. All participants must 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 request. If requesting an accompanist, accompanist music must be submitted with the form.

Fall 2021 Recital Dates and Deadlines
Student Recital/Accompanist Request Form [pdf]

Recital Date & Time Deadline*
Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021
Friday, Oct. 29 at 4:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, 2021
Wednesday, Nov. 3 at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021
Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021
Tuesday, Dec. 7 at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021
Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021

* Recitals are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and limited to 100 minutes.

Featured Recitals

For information on giving a featured recital, please refer to “featured recitals” in the Music Department Handbook [pdf], page 24-25. Information regarding recital proposals, permissions, publicity, programs, recordings and receptions are all available in this document. A Program Template [doc] is available here, under Resources on the Music Department website and via the Music Department Sakai site. Please note the first part of your program is due approximately 8 weeks prior to your recital.