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Applied Music Fees and Policies

Many Stanford students (including non-Music majors) take music lessons with our outstanding faculty. Students taking applied music lessons are assessed a fee above tuition. Thanks to the generosity of Friends of Music at Stanford, any student may apply for partial funding for private lessons. Aid is awarded on a sliding scale. Friends of Music fully covers private lesson fees for Music majors and minors.


UPDATE CONCERNING PRACTICE ROOMS AND FEES: We regret that the practice rooms in Braun Music Center and Dinkelspiel must be closed until further notice as part of the effort to limit transmission of COVID-19. Students enrolling in remote lessons will be credited the $50 we normally assess as part of the lesson fee to support the upkeep of pianos and practice rooms. The credit can only be posted after the final study list deadline when all enrollment decisions have been made. Lesson fees still apply. Questions to rleigh (at)

Fees for individual lessons:

  • $375 per quarter for Music majors, minors and grad students ($325 while remote instruction continues)
  • $750 per quarter for non-majors ($700 while remote instruction continues)

Fees for group lessons:

  • $125 per quarter for majors ($75 while remote instruction continues)
  • $250 per quarter for non-majors ($200 while remote instruction continues)

Lesson fees include the practice room fee, but you must let us know that you want practice room access. For further information and the request form, go here.

Applied Music Lesson List

To qualify for the lower lesson fees available for Music majors, you must not only be a declared Music major, minor or performance certificate student, but also be currently enrolled in, or have completed the first sequence of the core courses, or you must obtain written permission from the Undergraduate Student Services Officer and/or your academic advisor. Learn more about the Music major

Lesson fees are tied to enrollment. If you drop the class by the final study list deadline, the fee goes away. Fees are not prorated. Note that no refunds are given for lessons dropped after the final study list deadline for the quarter posted in the Academic Calendar. Questions about fees should be directed to Rowen Leigh in the Department of Music.

Lesson Funding

Any enrolled Stanford student may request aid through Friends of Music at Stanford. The application is open from the first day of the quarter through the final student list deadline. More information at the link below.

FOM Scholarship Application