Regulations and Procedures

Individual Studio Study and Performance-Related Policies

Assignments for Music Studio Study and Lessons

The dean of the Jacobs School of Music assigns students to teachers for the entire semester on the basis of student requests and teacher availability. While the Jacobs School of Music makes every effort to honor teacher preferences, it cannot guarantee specific studio assignments. The assignment takes place during the first week of classes of each semester for students who have not preregistered for a particular teacher. Such preregistration is accomplished only with the written authorization of the requested teacher.

The Jacobs School of Music is committed to providing students with the highest quality performance instruction from world-renowned residential faculty. To that end:

  1. Each student (major and concentration) enrolled in performance study in a private lesson setting will receive a minimum of fourteen face-to-face (in person, not online) lessons per semester given by the faculty member who is the teacher of record.
  2. Studio instruction shall be delivered in individual lessons, unless other arrangements are made with the Associate Dean for Instruction.
  3. Lessons will be a minimum of 50 minutes per week.
  4. Students enrolled in chamber music or coaching will meet face-to-face (in person, not online) seven times with the faculty member(s) assigned.
  5. All music majors and concentrations will study with faculty members.
  6. The fourteen lessons shall be distributed across the semester in a relatively equal way.
  7. Students enrolled in secondary lessons will receive fourteen face-to-face (in person, not online) lessons per semester with the instructor assigned to the students at the beginning of the semester.
  8. In rare situations of strategic importance to the school, exceptions to this policy might be approved in writing by the dean for a limited period of time.

A student who cannot attend a scheduled lesson is required to notify the teacher at least 24 hours before the beginning of the lesson; otherwise, except for illness immediately prior to a lesson, the student forfeits the right to a make-up lesson. Students absent without excuse from more than three lessons in any one studio course during a semester fail in that course, but their lessons are not discontinued. Lessons missed by the teacher are made up at the mutual convenience of the student and teacher.

Practice time may be reserved each fall and spring semester and summer term. The amount of daily reserved practice time is determined by the degree and instrument for the semester in which the student is applying. To secure reserved practice time, the student must apply online. To obtain more information and to access the online application, see

Academic Bulletins

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Students are ordinarily subject to the curricular requirements outlined in the Bulletin in effect at the start of their current degree. See below for links to previous Bulletins.