The College of Arts and Architecture

Opportunities for Non-Majors


All University Park students are invited and encouraged to continue their music making as a member of one of Penn State’s many ensembles, which are open to all students regardless of major.

Check the Ensemble Auditions page for a list of ensembles and their audition procedures.

Non-Major and Secondary Private Lessons

A wide variety of School of Music offerings are provided for Penn State students. All School of Music ensembles are open to non-majors. We also offer a wide variety of academic courses designed to meet General Arts requirements for non-majors. For a current list of courses, please consult the Penn State course schedule.

Ensemble participation, private study, and academic course work often combine to create a minor in music. The School of Music offers minors in music performance, music studies, and music technology.

Private Lessons

Private lessons on numerous instruments are provided for non-major students and for music majors seeking study on a secondary instrument. Lessons are intended for students with prior experience and are offered on the following instruments:

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet (meeting/audition required)
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Harp
  • Horn
  • Oboe
  • Organ (audition required, available for piano performance majors only)
  • Piano (audition required at some levels)
  • Percussion
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Tuba and Euphonium (audition required)
  • Violin (audition required)
  • Viola
  • Voice (audition required)

Lesson fees are required for individual instruction: $175 for one credit; $250 for two or three credits. Music fees should be paid at the Bursar's Office, 103 Shields Building, upon receipt of your bill.*

If interested in enrolling in private lessons, students should:

  • Complete the Application for Music Lessons. Applications are also available outside of 234 Music Building I.

  • Submit the application to 233 Music Building I before the last day of class the preceding semester or, for new students, during the first two days of the semester.

  • Contact the individual instructor to obtain information about studio availability, lesson guidelines, and audition requirements.

Your acceptance as a private music lesson student is subject to School of Music approval. Lessons are departmentally controlled and will be registered by the office.

Please refer to the bulletin board outside of 234 Music Building I to obtain the name of your instructor, with whom you should confer immediately to set up a lesson time.

*Because private music lessons involve one-on-one instruction, they are inherently more expensive than most university classes. Thus, it is usual for institutions to charge an additional fee to assist with the extra costs of one-on-one instruction. At Penn State, these fees are used to support a variety of performance-related costs, including the purchase and maintenance of pianos for faculty studios and practice rooms, the purchase of music stands, providing back-stage assistance at concerts, sponsoring master classes, and printing concert programs and posters.