Lesson Policies


How many credits can I receive for lessons?

Applied music courses consist of fourteen weekly, private lessons of either one half hour or one full hour in length. Half-hour lessons are given 1.0 unit of credit and one-hour lessons are given 2.0 units of credit. Those students who are receiving group instruction in piano, guitar, or voice receive 1.0 unit of credit.

Students with limited or no prior musical experience may receive a maximum of 2.0 credits for introductory-level course work in any instrument or voice.  The instruction may take the form of group instruction (piano, guitar, or voice) or private lessons in a 151 course.

            2.0 units = 2 semester sequence of group instruction [1.0 unit each]   OR

            2.0 units = 1 semester of one-hour 151 lessons or 2 semesters of half-hour 151 lessons

When can I change my lessons from letter grade to pass/fail?

Deadlines to change from Letter Grade to Pass Fail (and vice versa) are the same as those posted for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Is there a maximum amount of credit I can receive for lessons?

Undergraduate applied music courses are organized into levels (i.e. 151, 175, 275, 375, etc. for non-jazz instruments; 150, 170, 270, 370, etc, for jazz instruments) with specific skill criteria for each level of study.  Students may receive a maximum of 4.0 units of credit per level.  4.0 units could take the form of 2 semesters of one-hour lessons or 4 semesters of half-hour lessons.


When do I need a jury?

After a maximum of 4.0 units at a level, the student must pass a jury in order to move on to the next level.  If the student cannot pass the jury, he/she can continue taking lessons not-for-credit (L27 110); the jury can be reattempted when the student is ready.  Students are not required to spend two semesters on each level.  High achieving students may be ready for a jury after one semester or may test out of a level completely.

Juries may be taken at the end of the fall or spring semester.  A jury will normally include at least two faculty: the instructor and at least one additional faculty member.  Voice, piano, and guitar students may have additional jury members present from their respective divisions.  This guideline presents the department's minimum requirement, but all instructors can require additional juries as they wish.


What are the attendance policies for lessons?

Regular attendance is required, and lessons should only be missed in the most exceptional circumstances.  If you must miss a lesson, notify your instructor at least 24 hours in advance.  Up to two excused absences will be made up during the semester.  Unexcused absences will not be made up and could result in a lowering of your grade.  Each applied teacher assigns grades to his or her students.  Applied music grades are based upon regular preparation for lessons and substantial progress in your work, measured against what can be reasonably expected of a student with your particular background, level of talent, and professional goals.  If you have any questions on grading, your instructor can give you further details.  More information is available in the Department of Music Student Handbook.


What are the fees signing up for lessons and ensembles?

Private Instruction Washington University Day-School Student University College Student
14 One-hour Lessons $720 $1,300
14 Half-hour Lessons $360 $650
Group Piano Instruction  $0 $0
Small Ensembles (Chamber Ensembles, Flute Choir, Jazz Combos) $200 $650
Large Ensembles (Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir) $0 $0

Your student account will be billed for any applicable applied music fees on 2/20 and will be due by 3/20.


Are rebates available for any of these fees?


Declared Music Majors

Students with Need-based Financial Assistance

Declared Minors participating in a Large Ensemble

Other Students participating in Large Ensembles

Private Instruction

Full Rebate on up to 2 different instruments

One-hour Lesson: $280 rebate

Half-hour Lesson: $140 rebate

Full Rebate for one-hour lesson

One-hour Lesson: $360 Rebate

Half-hour Lesson:

$180 Rebate

Small Ensembles

Full Rebate on one small ensemble

No Rebate

Full Rebate for one ensemble (if not taking lessons)*

Full Rebate for one ensemble (if not taking lessons)*

*Declared Minors and Other students participating in Large Ensembles receive the rebate on lessons OR Small Ensemble, not both.

**Need-based aid cannot be combined with ensemble rebates, only the ensemble rebate applies if you qualify for both.

Our Large Ensembles include: Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Concert Choir and Chamber Choir.

Music Minors not participating in a Large Ensemble will receive a $100 Rebate.  

Only the need-based financial aid rebate can be combined with other rebates (music minor and ensemble rebates cannot be combined).  

Students with exceptional need may petition Nicole Aldrich (naldrich@wustl.edu) for additional financial assistance. All need-based awards are subject to verification of aid status by Student Financial Services. Please note that financial assistance is only available for undergraduate students. Graduate students in departments other than Music are not eligible for rebates.

Important Note: All students receiving need-based financial aid will automatically receive a rebate for their lessons as outlined above. Music majors and minors whose declaration has been approved by September 15th (extended to Oct. 1 for Fall 2020) or February 15 (for the spring semester) will automatically receive the proper rebate as well. Large Ensemble members will complete a rebate request form during their first rehearsal of the semester to claim the large ensemble rebate. 

Do employee tuition benefits cover music lessons?

Employee tuition benefits do not cover private applied music lessons.

Refund Policies

What if I drop a lesson? Will I get a refund?

A student who officially withdraws within the refund period will receive a refund in accordance with the refund schedule (see refund grid below).  All refunds are calculated from the date on which the student drops the course on WebSTAC. If you drop applied music lessons, you will forfeit any rebate or scholarship amounts that you were due to receive.  Should you choose to drop during the refund timeframe, your student account will receive a MUSI charge for the percentage of the lesson fee based on your drop date.

Registration and Refund Deadlines - Fall 2021 Date
Last day to drop with a 100% Refund September 9
Last day to drop with a 50% Refund September 15
Last day to drop with a 25% Refund September 22
No refunds given after September 22