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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.

Registration for Fall 2021 lessons begin in August. Please return to this page for more information closer to that time..

Lessons and the Curriculum

During the pandemic, the following changes have been made to the applied Music program:
     1.) No qualifying exams are offered.
     2.) Subject to approval by the Music Department, more advanced students may enroll in one-hour lessons for  P/NC and cumulative (0.25) credit (Music 15), or for a grade and 0.5 credit (Music 16).

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] (currently under revision).

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.

Spring 2021 Recital Dates and Deadlines on break, see our Student Musical Encounters, which offer another performance opportunity for Level 2 students.
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] (currently under revision).
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.