All UC Davis students are welcome to take intermediate to
advanced music lessons through the Department of Music.
How to Enroll
To enroll in lessons, first contact the music lecturer that corresponds to your
area of study. Each instructor will have a conversation with you
about your previous experience and may or may not choose to ask
you for audition material.
During their first or second year at UC Davis, declared
music majors are eligible for three
quarters of free lessons.
* Students must be a declared major and
actively enrolled in the music major core curriculum in order to
Music majors continuing with lessons beyond their first year of
free lessons pay $300 per quarter for the equivalent of
ten half-hour lessons and continue to enroll in Music 131.
Fee Waivers for Music Majors
A variety of generous patrons of the music department have made
funds available to provide fee waivers for music majors who want
to continue lessons beyond the automatic three quarters of free
lessons. These waivers can be partial awards or cover the entire
$300 per quarter charge.
To be considered for a waiver, music majors must apply online EVERY
quarter via the webform. The due
date will be the fourth day of instruction (October 5 for
Fall Quarter, 2020) each quarter. There may not be enough funds
to grant waivers to everybody who applies, so please be careful
in providing the requested information; the department will
attempt to take care of the most urgent cases (those with
upcoming recitals, those with extraordinary skill/ability, those
nearing graduation, etc.) first.
Lessons are available to non-music majors on a space-available
basis. The fee for non-majors is $300 per quarter for the
equivalent of ten half-hour lessons. Priority goes to those
who are also enrolled in departmental ensembles. For more
information, contact the appropriate applied faculty member. Fee waivers
are also available to a limited number of students in the UC
Davis Symphony Orchestra or University Chorus. Fee waivers are
not available to members of other ensembles.
To schedule use of Pitzer spaces during the Fall Quarter
(teaching studios or practice rooms), please email the department
Stage Manager, Caitlin Sapunor-Davis, at
email@example.com. Keep the following in mind:
Rooms will be available Monday–Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00
There are three teaching studios available with pianos
(Strings, Woodwinds, Brass) and one without
The Percussion Studio will only be available for
percussion lesson instruction or rehearsal.
The six practice rooms all have pianos, with Room
One providing a Boston Grand. Each of them have WiFi access
The teaching studios have the ability to connect to the
internet via ethernet, and the practice rooms have WiFi access.
Priority will be given to those taking (or
giving) lessons; practice-time requests will be approved as
Reservations will be done in one-hour blocks. Recurring
reservations can be set up.
Requesting a Room
When requesting a room, please provide the following information
via email to the department Stage Manager, Caitlin
firstname.lastname@example.org. Multiple days can be requested in
the same email, just repeat the day/date and times sections as
Purpose of reservation (lesson or practice):
Time available (if you are flexible, particularly for
practice, please put multiple options for best possibility of
Is this a one-time request? (Yes, or No—this is recurring)
Your request will be confirmed or denied via an email
response. Emails sent in the evenings and weekends will not be
answered until the next business day.
* If you are a new student, instructions for obtaining a
keycard will be included in the response email once your first
reservation request is approved.
Many of the following ideal settings, hardware, and best
practices have distanced music lessons in mind, but may apply to
other areas of your music study.
Internet and Computer Setup
Access to reliable high-speed internet is the most important
factor for a successful remote lesson experience—
At a minimum, it is recommended that you have at least a
1.5MB internet connection for high-quality video chatting,
regardless of platform.
It is easiest to use a laptop computer rather than a mobile
It is recommended that a wired connection is used rather than
If your computer does not have an ethernet port, a simple
USB-Ethernet adapter can be
purchased from Amazon for as low as $13.
You will need a
CAT6 ethernet cable to connect your internet router to
your computer (into the USB-Ethernet adapter first if
Using headphones/earbuds minimizes feedback or echo. Echo is
caused by your microphone picking up the other user’s audio
coming out of your speaker (at a delay) and sending it back. The
quality of the headphones is not important. Let your budget
determine your preference.
A high-quality external microphone can improve your sound for
the other person, but in some cases a cheap microphone can be
worse than your computer’s built-in microphone. Here are a couple