The Music Department offers individual music lessons taught by its staff of professional instructors. 

How lessons are structured
Junko Watanabe making a gesture of precision to a student


Lessons meet once a week for twelve 50-minute meetings per semester. Students are expected to practice at least five hours a week in addition to the lesson time.

Lessons count as a half course. You may repeat lesson courses and take lessons every semester. Note the college's policy for half courses at the link below, particularly how half courses contribute to degree completion. 

To make arrangements for lessons

Register in Workday, as you would for any course. If you register for credit, your MUSL course is paid for by the college. 

Music Lesson (MUSL) courses are listed as requiring instructor permission. Janice Murphy, Music Lessons Coordinator, serves as roster manager for all MUSL courses and will respond promptly to your registration request. 

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Murphy.

AUDITING the lesson (Fee Charged to student account)

If you choose to audit the course, it does not bear credit, it will not be recorded on your transcript, and you do not qualify for the funding subsidy. In this case, a semester of lessons bears a fee of $775. The fee is not refundable for any reason after the end of Add/Drop. Contact Ms. Murphy to arrange to audit a course. 

Requesting multiple lesson courses

Normally, students take no more than one MUSL course per semester. Students must receive permission to take multiple simultaneous MUSL courses. Use Workday to "Request Instructor Permission" for each course you are considering. Ms. Murphy will respond to your requests. 

If Overenrolled

Priority for music lesson courses will be given to students continuing lessons in the same course from the preceding semester, to those who are pre-registered, and to those who have taken or are currently taking a MUSI course. First-year students in their first semester must have previous experience in their chosen area of study.

Corequisite MUSI Course (SUSPENDED)

At this time, students are not required to take an MUSI course as a co-requisite to an MUSL course. The Music Department faculty encourages students in MUSL courses to explore other music courses in the curriculum, including those in analysis, ethnography, composition, and historical studies. As noted above, priority is given to students with experience in MUSI courses.

Five College Lessons
You may take lessons at one of the other colleges through the Five College interchange. See the link below for information on Five College course requests. The following phone numbers may be helpful should you wish to speak with these departments directly:
  • University of Massachusetts - 413-545-2227
  • Smith College - 413-585-3150
  • Hampshire College - 413-559-5622
  • Mt. Holyoke College - 413-538-2306

Image above of Voice Instructor Junko Watanabe working with a student. Photo credit: Jon Crispin