Music majors and non-majors can take advantage of music scholarships for free or discounted private music lessons.

The Music Department offers beginning to advanced lessons in voice and more than two dozen instruments. Students learn from professional musicians, including members of the Des Moines Symphony and Orchestra Iowa, and have the use of College-owned instruments and practice facilities in the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.


Declared music majors may take unlimited free lessons of any type.  

All non-majors are entitled to one scholarship per semester worth $290, which covers 75 percent of the fee for 30-minute lessons, or 44 percent of the fee for 60-minute lessons. 

Outstanding members of selected ensembles receive one-year Curd Ensemble Scholarships that cover 100 percent of the fee for 30-minute lessons or 60 percent of the fee for 60-minute lessons. Recipients are obligated to participate in a designated ensemble for one year. 

To take advantage of the scholarships, students must sign up for lessons before the Feb. 7 deadline to drop and add courses.

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