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Bachelor of Professional Studies in Guitar: Private Lessons

Exclusive, private guitar instruction with Berklee's world-renowned faculty

Overview

Guitar majors in the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program complete nine levels of private guitar lessons. Each level of private lessons is 12 weeks in duration and involves a weekly, one-hour, live webcam session with a faculty member of your  choosing. The lessons provide the opportunity to expand your musical vocabulary, improve technique, and gain valuable insight into your own strengths and areas of development.

Private lesson instructors will share their practical knowledge, demonstrate exemplary playing, and coach you through lesson material at a pace individually tailored to your needs. You will build a solid foundation of music theory, chord scales, and single-note and chord technique, in addition to learning how to creatively apply these building blocks to musical settings by way of performance pieces. 

When course registration opens for the semester, you will be able to register for the appropriate private lesson course level, and then select a day, time, and instructor. Guitar majors in the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree will earn two credits for the successful completion of each level of private lessons, for a total of 18 credits.


Transfer Credits

You may transfer up to five consecutive levels of lessons (levels 1-5) from a regionally accredited college or university. The private lessons you wish to transfer must map to the learning outcomes or proficiencies of Berklee Online's private lessons. Standard transfer credit policies and procedures apply.

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Lesson Placement

All Guitar majors should begin their program with the level 1 private lesson. Your private lesson instructor will assess your ability during the first session. If your instructor feels you are ready for a more advanced level, he or she will notify the dean, and you will be placed into that higher level. You will be awarded academic credit for the earlier levels. There is a $75 fee per credit ($150 per lesson level) awarded.


Tuition and Fees

Tuition for private lessons follows the same per-credit cost of a Berklee Online course (note that private lessons are two credits instead of three credits). In addition, there is a $500 per semester fee for each of the nine levels of private lessons to cover the cost of one-on-one instruction.

For information on drop/add, medical withdrawal, administrative withdrawal, and other policies, consult the Degree Program Policies Handbook.

FAQs

Can I take private lessons if I am not in the degree program?
No. At this time, private lessons are only available to students who are accepted into the online Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in guitar.
Can I take more than one level in the same semester?
No. Students must complete each level of private lessons consecutively. Lessons cannot be taken concurrently. Your private lesson instructor will assess your ability during the first session of level 1. If your instructor feels you are ready for a more advanced level, he or she will notify the dean, and you will be placed into that higher level. You will be awarded academic credit for the earlier levels. There is a $75 fee per credit ($150 per lesson level) awarded.
How do I move on to the next level of private lessons?
You must attend ten out of the twelve weekly sessions and meet all proficiencies to move on to the next level.
How do I schedule private lessons with an instructor?
When course registration opens for the semester, enrolled guitar major students will register for the appropriate private lesson course level at my.berklee.edu, and then will be able to select a day, time, and instructor using the private lesson scheduling tool.
Can I change the instructor I study with?
You can change your instructor for a particular semester during the drop/add period. Any changes are subject to the availability of the instructor(s) who you would like to switch to. You can choose to change your private lesson instructor from level to level.
What happens if I need to change the time of my lessons?
When you enroll in a lesson with an instructor, you are agreeing to a weekly day and time for your one-on-one sessions. In order to make a change to your lesson schedule, you must request and receive approval from your instructor in advance.
What happens if my instructor is unable to attend a lesson?
Sessions missed by the instructor will be made up by the end of the semester. Barring emergency situations, the instructor must give the student at least 48 hours' notice in the event they need to reschedule a session, as well as provide suitable alternatives for making up the session.