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Private Lessons

  • All Westminster students can register for 1 or 2 credit hours of private music lessons. This is a graded course that cannot be audited.

  • For students seeking a music major or minor, private lessons are offered on all instruments and voice at the cost of tuition.

  • Non-music majors/minors who are not enrolled in a performing ensemble will pay a fee of $150 per credit in addition to the regular tuition.

  • 1 credit hour provides 14 half-hour weekly lessons per semester.

  • 2 credit hours provide 14 hour long weekly lessons per semester.

  • Students must register for private music lessons every semester with Professor Bond. Her office is located in the Jewett Center (EEJC). For more information, contact Dr. Bond at 801.832.2435 or

  • A weekly lesson time is based on your schedule and your instructor's schedule. Please have your schedule ready when you call the instructor.

  • You can enroll into private lessons anytime before the last day to add/drop classes (generally the 2nd Friday of each semester).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone perform in the music ensembles?

The Westminster Chorale, Jazz Ensemble, and Chamber Orchestra are open to all Westminster students, faculty, and staff. All students are eligible for the Chamber Singers and Opera Studio.

If I'm not pursuing a music degree, can I still take music courses for credit?

Yes. Certain music courses may be used to fulfill two liberal education distribution requirements, and they may also be taken for elective credit.

Can I take private lessons? How do I enroll?

Private lessons are available to all Westminster students, faculty, and staff. Extra music department paperwork is required prior to registration and a fee may apply in some cases. Contact Professor Michael Chipman for voice lessons or Professor Brandon Derfler for instrumental lessons.

What courses do you offer?

Westminster offers a wide variety of music courses that will develop your aural skills, knowledge of music theory, and music performance capabilities. In addition to these, you will study the history of Western music and have numerous opportunities to engage in elective courses on topics ranging from the Renaissance to Broadway.

What are the audition requirements for a Music Major or Minor?

All prospective music majors or minors must audition for the Director of Music as follows.

  • Play or sing two contrasting classical or jazz works from memory on your major instrument/voice.

  • Provide your own accompanist or bring a recording/score of the accompaniment.

  • Present a complete and formal musical resume, with photo, detailing all solo and ensemble training, performing experience, and musical awards through high school.

When can I audition?

Auditions are held in February and March of each year. For more information about the audition process, see the Music Program Auditions page.

What does it cost for concert attire?

Chamber Singers uniforms—dress or tuxedo—cost approximately $100 per person. There is no uniform cost for the instrumental ensembles, the Opera Studio, or for the Westminster Chorale.

Community Partnerships

Westminster's Music Department is proud to partner and promote the following performing arts organizations in Salt Lake City.