Guitar majors in the Bachelor of Arts 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 Arts degree will earn two credits for the successful completion of each level of private lessons, for a total of 18 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.More about transfer credit
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.