Colby College offers private music instruction for over 20 instruments, including guitar, piano, voice, and African drums, and is open to students at all performing levels. Our applied music faculty, all professional performers and committed teachers, work together with students to perfect technique, enhance understanding towards the music, and refine aesthetic subtleties, a collaboration that brings to life the history and theory of the classroom.

Lessons are scheduled weekly for either an hour or half hour, and can be taken either with and without academic credit. (Students electing applied music for credit must complete a college-level music theory course, MU153, MU181, or MU197 and play a jury).

Lessons for music majors in good standing are subsidized by the College; the fee (2019-20) for non-majors is $611 per semester for hour lessons and $306 for half-hour lessons. Scholarships may be eligible upon application.


JanPlan Lessons

Lessons are available during the January short term (JanPlan). JanPlan charges are $306. This includes two 45-minute lessons per week for four weeks. Though not required, you may choose to earn a JanPlan credit for lessons (not academic credit). Enrollment information will be available soon.


How to Enroll

Enrollment instructions: 

  1. Please contact your instructor directly via email for scheduling

2. Complete the online Applied Music Lesson Application in order to be registered for music lessons.

** Both of these steps must be completed in order to be enrolled.


Scholarships (not available during JanPlan)

There are a limited number of scholarships available to help with music lessons. Students taking lessons for credit may apply for a scholarship using our online
Scholarship for Applied Music Lesson Form. Eligibility is based primarily upon demonstrated financial need, as verified by the Financial Aid Office.

The deadline for submitting this application will be announced closer to the start of spring semester.

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