Syllabus for Music 140, 143, 240 & 243
Private Instruction at Belllevue Community College involves the use of numerous affiliate faculty instructors from off-campus. For Music Majors, the requirements are six quarters of Private Instruction: three quarters at the 100 level, and three at the 200 level.
Music 140 and 240 are one-credit courses representing a half-hour meeting with the instructor per week. It is assumed the student will spend seven to ten hours per week in individual practice on the assigned lesson.
Music 143 and 243 are two-credit courses representing a one-hour meeting with the instructor per week. It is assumed the student will spend twelve to sixteen hours per week in individual practice on the assigned lesson.
Enrollment in Private Instruction requires permission of the supervising BCC instructor listed in the quarterly schedule before the course can be scheduled. Entry codes can be picked up from the Music Program Coordinator in E100B in the absence of the Supervising instructor.
When enrolled, an instructor must be chosen during discussions with the supervisor. It is then the responsibility of the student to contact the chosen instructor and arrange for a weekly meeting time. The student then returns to record the address, phone number, and meeting time of the instructor with the BCC supervisor.
Following this, the student is then required to:
1. Pay for each lesson in a manner worked out with the instructor.
2. Attend ten (or eight minimum) lessons through the quarter.
3. Keep the Supervisor informed of any problems that occur.
4. Set aside at least one to two and a half hours per day for practice.
5. Play a “Jury” for the Supervisor at quarter’s end, being prepared to perform a solo, etude, or exercise from the lessons covered. Students will provide their own accompanist, if required.
The instructor grades the student on progress made through the quarter based on the preparation of each lesson. The jury is required to receive that grade. Students will be notified of the jury day and sign up for an hour in E100B. Juries are typically held during Finals week.
The success or failure of Private Instruction is directly proportional to the amount of time spend in relevant practice. This has a direct bearing on future success as a musician.