MUSC 139 Private Instruction-Exploring Voice/Instrument • 1 Cr.


Provides one-on-one instruction for non-music majors and students wishing to explore or begin studying an instrument or voice. Instruction must be provided by an approved teacher with at least one 30 minute lesson per week. Students pay the cost of lessons. Prerequisite: Permission of department chair.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Perform a "Skills Set and Performance Level Inventory" with Private Instructor.
  • Design a course of study that is followed throughout the quarter.
  • Organize their time to attend a 30 minute long lesson on a weekly basis (8 lessons is the minimum to earn credit for the course)
  • Develop and implement a practice routine that provides for consistent growth and preparation of the materials worked on in each lesson.
  • Discuss the implications of the role of taking private lessons and developing practice habits that might play a role in their future involvement in music.
  • Perform and/or discuss the intent of exercises designed to improve tone quality, intonation, technical mastery of their instrument or voice. Discuss the student's musical growth as a result of the exercises
  • Demonstrate a growth in their ability to read music.
  • Demonstrate growth in their ability to interpret music through the performance and/or discussion of such concepts as musical dynamics, phrasing and expression, rhythmic feel, articulation and other idioms assigned by the teacher.
  • Demonstrate proper performance skills through the preparation and presentation of a representative piece of music.