Private Lessons

UVU students may study privately with faculty who are highly qualified teachers and performers. Lesson options are as follows:

  • MUSC 160R Private Lessons for Non-Music Majors, 30-minute weekly lessons (beginning through advanced instruction)
  • MUSC 250R and 450R Private Lessons for Music Majors, 60-minute weekly lessons, including weekly performance classes and end-of-semester juries, requires entrance audition

TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS
Private lesson assignments are arranged by performance area coordinators in consultation with area faculty. Students with a teacher preference should communicate that preference to the area coordinator. The coordinator and faculty member will determine if the assignment is appropriate and beneficial to the student.

Performance Area Coordinators:

PERSONAL PRACTICE
Proper lesson preparation is crucial to the success of private instruction. Practice requirements for non-music majors are one or more hours per day. Music majors should be devoting at minimum two hours per day (see area coordinators for specific requirements). Private practice time should be focused and disciplined, with clear aims in mind. Students should consult frequently with their teachers to receive recommendations for effective practice strategies. Continual exposure to recordings and live performances will accelerate the development of technical and interpretive skills. Private teachers may choose to use practice charts or some other method of evaluating student practice. Music majors will be asked to provide average weekly practice amounts during their juried evaluations at the end of each semester.

CANCELED LESSONS
Private instructors are under no obligation to make up a missed lesson unless notified at least 24 hours in advance. If an instructor needs to cancel a lesson, it will be rescheduled.

PERFORMANCE CLASSES
All music majors are required to attend and perform in their area performance classes. Performance classes provide vital opportunities for student performances, critiques, discussions on performance practices, and guest artist appearances. Performance classes meet during the assigned time of the private instruction course (MUSC 250R or 450R). Students who wish to receive credit for performance class may register for MUSC 251R or MUSC 451R, Performance Class.

JURIES
All music majors are required to perform in a jury at the end of the semester. Guidelines for jury preparation and performance are determined within each performance area. Three weeks prior to juries, students should come to the music office and fill out a jury form. This form will be used by jury members to record their evaluations. Following juries, students may come to the music office to receive a copy of their juried evaluations. A copy will also be placed in each student's permanent file.