Applied Music Lessons
Colby College offers private music instruction for over 20 instruments, including guitar, piano, voice, and violin, 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.
To enroll in lessons, first contact your instructor (listed below), then complete the online FALL SEMESTER MUSIC LESSONS APPLICATION. Both of these steps must be completed in order to be enrolled.
Lessons are available in:
- Bass (guitar and upright): Duane Edwards
- Bassoon: Brendon Wilkins
- Clarinet: Brendon Wilkins
- Cello: new students please contact Hyun-Ji Kwon
- Drum Set: RJ Miller
- Flute: Nicole Rabata
- French Horn: John Boden
- Guitar: Mark Leighton
- Harp: Suki Flanagan
- Lute: Timothy Burris
- Mandolin: Michael Albert
- Oboe: Michael Albert
- Oud: Jawad Al Fatlawi
- Percussion: Anahita Pajuhesh
- Piano: first time students please contact Yuri (Lily) Funahashi
- Saxophone: Brendon Wilkins
- Trombone: Sebastian Jerosch
- Trumpet: Andrew Harms
- Violin/Viola: Jinwook Park
- Voice: first time students please contact Néviton Barros
- Jazz Style and Concepts for Wind Instruments: Brendon Wilkins
Lessons are scheduled weekly for either an hour or half hour, and can be taken either with or without academic credit. Students electing applied music for credit must play a jury or recital and complete (or be enrolled in) one of the following: MU111 (Intro to Music), MU153 (Intro to Music Theory through DAW), MU181 (Music Theory I), or MU252 (Intro to World Music). Students who submit either a 4 or 5 on the AP Music Theory Exam may also take lessons for credit.
Lessons for music majors in good standing are subsidized by the College; for 2023-24, the fee for non-majors is $650 per semester for hour lessons and $325 for half-hour lessons. Scholarships may be eligible upon application.
Lessons are available during the January short term (JanPlan). 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). Students wishing to take lessons for JanPlan credit must complete a project and present a short performance with at least one faculty member present at the end of January term. The cost for JanPlan lessons is $325. Scholarships and tuition subsidies are not available during JanPlan.
Music Lesson Policies
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 (not available for JanPlan). Eligibility is based primarily upon demonstrated financial need, as verified by the Financial Aid Office.
The deadline for submitting this application for spring semester is Friday, September 8th at noon.