Lessons

The Music Department provides music lessons to faculty, staff, students and administrators.

How to Sign Up

To sign up for lessons, stop by the Music Department Office (105 Crowley Hall) no later than 12:00 PM on the first Thursday of classes. To receive credit, you must receive a course registration number from the Music Department Office. Non-majors who wish to take lessons for credit must enroll in lessons through the Department of Music and will be assigned an instructor by the Department. Students who are not music majors in the performance concentration will be graded S/U. 

Time: A regular, weekly lesson time will be scheduled in accordance with available slots for both the instructor and student. Instructors’ complete lesson schedules will be posted by 5:00 PM on the first Friday of classes.


Lesson Fee Policy

Music performance majors (majors are declared sophomore year) qualify for a 100% discount on weekly one-hour applied music lessons on their primary instrument, and a 50% discount on a secondary instrument. Theory and History majors qualify for a 50% discount on their first lesson and pay full price for any additional lessons. Applied music lessons are available for all students, including non-majors, for a fee. Lessons may count as “activity” elective credits. (The College of Arts and Letters accepts up to three activity credits towards graduation.) The fee is charged to the student’s accounts, and no refunds are made after the first lesson.


Lessons Abroad

Office of International Studies
154 Hurley Hall
University of Notre Dame
(574) 631-5203

For Music Majors Only: Guidelines for requesting approval of music lessons from abroad

1. Identify local procedures for acceptance into lessons. The faculty will recommend instructors whom you may contact for lessons abroad; however, you may also do your own research to find an instructor. It is ultimately your responsibility to set up the lesson arrangement. Your acceptance may be contingent upon an audition. Contact your chosen instructor for more information on the protocol for acceptance.

2. When you have chosen an instructor, compile the following in a well-organized document. Do not submit your request until you have all the information requested below. This will expedite your request and improve your chances of a positive response for course approval and funding.

  • Name of instructor and short biography (instructor's institutional affiliation, instrument, recent recitals, performances, recordings)
  • Contact hours for proposed lessons (typically one hour/week for 14 weeks; please explain if more or less time is requested)
  • Price for lessons
  • Repertoire and learning goals
  • Course number requested at Notre Dame
  • Grade: your instructor must give you a letter of assessment in a sealed envelope. It is your responsibility to send this envelope to the on-campus OIS staff member at Notre Dame who is in charge of the program where you are studying. OIS will ensure that grades are recorded.

3. When you have compiled all this information, send your request via email to:

  • The Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Music at ND
  • Your resident on-site director (if applicable) 
  •  The OIS program director or coordinator for your program at ND
  • The assistant/associate dean of your college

Important Information on Funding for Lesson Fees Abroad:

The Department of Music will make every attempt to assist music majors with the cost of music lessons.  As soon as possible prior to departure for study abroad, the student must see the DUS or Chair of Music regarding financial arrangements.  In situations where the fee for lessons abroad exceeds the amount for those taken on the Notre Dame campus, the Department will make every effort also to cover the differential, at least in part.  Once the student is abroad, he/she should re-contact the Department to confirm the financial arrangements.  All departmental funding will be paid as a lump-sum reimbursement, on the basis of receipts for lesson fees paid by the student and presented to the Department when the student returns to the Notre Dame campus.

For Music Department Faculty & Contact People:

Guidelines for processing students’ requests for Course Transfer Approval from abroad

1. Please generate your reply to the student in 5 working days.

2. Please send your response to the student, and cc:

  • The appropriate OIS program director or coordinator on-campus
  • The assistant/associate deans
  • The on-site program director (if applicable)

3. Make sure to include the following in your response:

  •  Course number
  •  Credits