Lessons & Juries (Performance Studies)

Music Lessons (Performance Studies)

Music Lessons Offered
Strings:  Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass, Hardanger Fiddle, Harp
Winds:  Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Jazz Saxophone
Brass:  Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Percussion:  Percussion, Drum Set
Keyboard:  Jazz Piano, Harpsichord, Organ
Composition (with prerequisite Music 223 and instructor approval)
General Information
  • Lessons are requested, dropped, and changed by filling out one of the forms to the right.
  • Lessons cost $600 per .25 credit per semester for the 2022-23 academic year and will be added to your tuition statement.
  • Taking lessons may include research/analysis, listening, and memorization time, in addition to practicing the instrument (see below).
  • Students should fill out the lesson change or drop form immediately to allow waitlisted students to be placed in open spots.
  • The last day to DROP a lesson WITH A REFUND is Wednesday, September 14, 2022, for Fall 2022 and Monday, February 13, 2023, for Spring 2023 (one week after classes start).
  • If you have questions, please contact Lisa McDermott (mcderm6@stolaf.edu, x3180, HOM 245).
  • 0.25 credit lessons = 3–6 hours per week
  • 0.50 credit lessons = 6–12 hours per week
  • 1.0 credit lessons = 10–21 hours per week
Studio Class Attendance Expectations: Recommended Guidelines
  • 0.25 credit lessons = 3–4 hours per semester
  • 0.50 credit lessons = 6–8 hours per semester
  • 1.0 credit lessons = 10–12 hours per semester


Juries (performance exams) are held during the final exam period each semester.

  • Juries are generally required for all students taking lessons.
  • At the discretion of the performance studies teacher, students performing on an Entrance/Continuance Recital and students performing a Junior or Senior Recital, provided more than one faculty member attends and provides written feedback, may not be required to perform an end-of-semester jury in the same semester.
  • A teacher may elect to waive the jury requirement for any student in their first semester of study (i.e., to place greater emphasis and time on technical studies.)
  • Students who have performed on a Student Recital are required to perform an end-of-semester jury.

Music Performance Attendance Requirements (Pink Cards)

General Information

Non-music majors who are taking lessons are required to attend at least four (4) official recitals or concerts per semester.

Music majors are required to attend a minimum of ten (10) official recitals or concerts per semester. Fifty (50) pink cards, total, are the graduation requirement at the end of 4 years.

Attendance credit is given for all official student recitals, faculty and guest artist recitals, and ensemble concerts. Attendance credit is not given for any recital in which you participate except for participation in Band Day, Choral Day, and Christmas Festival. Students participating in Christmas Festival will receive one pink card for the four-day event.

Attendance credit will also be give for attending official master classes (a minimum of one hour.)

Attendance credit will not be given for any musical event off-campus or for partial attendance.

To receive credit for attendance, pick up a “pink card” from the House Manager when you enter the concert hall. Fill out the card, sign it, and return it to the House Manager at the door as you leave. Pink cards are not accepted at any other time. With the exception of official master classes (see above), you must arrive on time and remain for the entire performance to receive attendance credit.