Commercial Applied Music I – CMUS 151

CG • Section 16WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 02/16/2022

Course Description

Private lessons in voice, piano/keyboard, guitar, or the instruments of the band or orchestra based on department policies.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The purpose of this course is to develop technical fluency, expressive musicianship, and professionalism in performance. Private instruction is the most effective way to develop a high level of musical skill.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Lesson Scheduling Availability Quiz

In this quiz, you will communicate your schedule availability to your instructor. Please communicate all available times when a lesson could occur, being clear about the time zone in which you live. Also indicate your top 3 preferred times.

Lesson Assignments (12)

Students will be assigned technical exercises, etudes, and/or repertoire. Technical facility will be demonstrated in all three of the above categories, while expressiveness will be demonstrated in repertoire. Performance should be stylistically appropriate, informed by both stylistic and theoretical analysis. Instructional delivery method is video conferencing through platforms like Zoom, Skype, or MS Teams. Grades are assigned in the learning management system. An accompanist, if required, can be present with the student. When an accompaniment track is appropriate, the track can be played from a phone through a Bluetooth speaker while the student’s laptop is used for the live video conference with the professor. A lesson grade will be assigned by the instructor each week based on completion of the assignments given in the previous lesson.

Lesson Notes Assignments (12)

Weekly lesson notes should be uploaded to the learning management system. These indicate how the learning from lessons has been implemented each week.

Final Performance Assignment

At the end of the semester, the student will video record a final performance and upload a link to this video to the learning management system. This performance consists of assigned selections prepared during the semester. In this performance, the student should demonstrate technical fluency and expressiveness, give a stylistically appropriate performance, and demonstrate professionalism in performance.