The Department of Music offers private music lessons in many instruments and styles of music.

The Middlebury College Department of Music welcomes all students to its private music lessons program. We encourage music majors and non-music majors to explore and enjoy making music.

There is no audition required to participate in private music lessons. Lessons are considered extracurricular, do not confer course credit, and are billed directly to your Middlebury student account.

Register by January 2 for J-term 2023 Private Music Lessons!
4 lessons for $175 — beginning Jan. 9

To register for lessons, begin by contacting the affiliate artist (private music instructor) in the instrument of your choice. You and the instructor will arrange your lesson schedule (days, times, number of lessons), whether you will meet remotely or in person, and the meeting location (if in person). Once your schedule is set, you will receive a link to a student contract that confirms your agreement.

Overview

One-on-one lessons typically meet once per week for 45 minutes for 10 weeks (fall and spring semesters, $435 each) or four weeks (winter term, $175). Lessons fees are billed directly to your Middlebury student account. The fee is waived for music majors (limit two lesson series per semester), students registered in a music performance course (varies by semester, inquire to confirm), MUSC 500 (independent work), and MUSC 704 (senior work) courses during the semester. You will qualify for half-price lessons if you are a declared music minor. Your lesson fee is half-price if you enroll in lessons on your ensemble instrument if you participate in one or more of the following:

  • College Orchestra
  • Sound Investment Jazz Ensemble
  • Jazz Workshop
  • Afropop Ensemble
  • Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble
  • Voice lessons for participation in College Choir and College Community Chorus (limit one per semester)

Financial Assistance

A limited amount of financial assistance is available to qualified students. It’s important that students make their requests for assistance prior to each term they intend to take lessons. Access to this form will re-open on November 30 to apply for J-term 2023 funding. Access to the application is closed when the funding has been allocated or by the end of the first week of lessons. Apply before registering for lessons.

Rentals

Department-owned instruments support departmental music classes and ensembles; seldom do we lend instruments owned by the College to individuals or groups. Students interested in short-term or long-term instrument use are encouraged to contact Ellis Music in Bethel, Vermont, 800-244-7664, for reasonable rental rates and free delivery to the College.

Lockers and Practice Rooms

If you would like to store your musical instrument at the Mahaney Arts Center, please stop by MAC 307 to reserve a locker and sign out a key for the academic year. All lockers need to be cleaned out and keys returned to the music department before students leave campus for the summer.

Practice rooms are reserved only when requested by instructors for college student private music lessons. A schedule will be posted on each door. Otherwise, availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. The eight practice rooms at the MAC are for use by Middlebury College students; Middlebury College staff and faculty may also use the practice rooms. The MAC is open 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. daily. There is one additional practice room with a piano located in Wright 118.

Instruments

Lessons are offered in the following instruments:

  • Bagpipes
  • Bass and jazz bass
  • Carillon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Drums
  • Flute
  • French horn
  • Guitar (acoustic, electric, and jazz)
  • Harpsichord
  • Irish whistle
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Piano (classical, jazz, popular music, beginner)
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Ukulele
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice and jazz voice