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Advising Handbook

Applied Music (Music Lessons)

Eastman School of Music

1. Credit Lessons:

A student with an intermediate level of proficiency may apply for two-credit half-hour instrumental or voice lessons on the collegiate level and have the grade and credit for this work entered on the permanent record. No more than 16 credits may be counted toward the degree by non-Music majors. Students earning a second degree from the Eastman School of Music are also exempt from this limit. Students should understand that they may take more than the 16 credits allowed toward the degree; the courses and credit will appear on the transcript, grades earned will continue to be included in the grade point average, but the extra credit will not apply toward the degree. A two-credit course in applied music taken in addition to a standard four course load is not considered an overload and there is no extra charge unless this credit is used to accelerate the completion of the degree. Some students receive permission to take hour lessons that carry variable amounts of credits. 


Students who need to schedule an audition for studio lessons should contact James Warlick in the Music Department, (585) 273-5157) and/or complete the online application for studio lessons auditions at An appointment will be made for an audition. After a successful audition that demonstrates an intermediate level of competency, students and the Registrar are notified by Eastman of their acceptance and their instructor assignment, and are registered for the course for that semester.

  • Students who are already registered for music lessons follow normal registration procedures for subsequent semesters. If you choose to take a break from lessons for more than one semester and then wish to resume lessons, you may be asked to re-audition.

Note: Students may not elect the S/F option for an applied music course.

  • Non-Credit Lessons: Beginning students may arrange independently for private music lessons by enrolling directly with the Eastman Community Education School. Since the cost of this type of instruction is not included in the regular college tuition, students will be billed directly by the Eastman School. College credit is not given for this work and course enrollment will not appear on the student’s permanent record.