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

How lessons are structured

Vic Rawlings sideview both teaches Banjo HORIZ by Jon K. Crispin April 2022 .JPG Lessons meet once a week for twelve 50-minute meetings per semester.

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. 

You may audit the lesson course, in which case it does not bear credit.

Lesson fee

If you are registered for credit, your MUSL course is paid for by the college.

If you choose to audit the course, 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. 

Normally, students take no more than one MUSL course per semester. Students must receive permission from the Music Department faculty to take multiple simultaneous MUSL courses. 

Corequisite Full course in Music

For your initial semester of lessons, you must also enroll in an additional full course in the Music Department. In other words, a full course in music is a corequisite of your first half course in lessons. The department recommends MUSI 111 ("Introduction to Music") for students who are learning to read notation.

To make arrangements for lessons

Register online, as you would for any course. The Music Lesson (MUSL) courses are listed as requiring instructor permission. Suzette Farnham, Music Department Coordinator, serves as instructor record for all MUSL courses and will respond promptly to your registration request. If you request permission for multiple MUSL courses, your request will be reviewed by the Music Department faculty. 

If you wish to audit the lesson course and take it for no credit, contact Ms. Farnham directly to register as an auditor.

If you have any questions, contact Ms. Farnham.

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 reuqests. The following phone numbers may be helpful should you wish to speak with these departments directly:
  • University of Massachusetts - 545-2227
  • Smith College - 585-3150
  • Hampshire College - 559-5622
  • Mt. Holyoke College - 538-2306