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Preparatory Music Program

Private instruction is offered through Hood College's Preparatory Music Division on the following instruments: piano, organ, harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, double bass, all brass instruments, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, English horn, bassoon, guitar and flute as well as composition, conducting and voice. Lessons are given weekly at the College and are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or an hour in length. Students are given the opportunity to perform in recitals at the end of each semester, at the discretion of the instructor. In addition, students are encouraged to attend the many professional concerts presented at Hood, most of which are free of charge.

All of Hood's music instructors are highly qualified professional teachers, most of whom also teach at the College level. For information about individual instructors, please go to the music faculty page.

Fees for 2014-2015 academic year:

  • 30-minute lesson: $450 per semester *
  • One-hour lesson: $900 per semester

* 14 weeks

Payment is due at the beginning of each semester and may be made in person or online. Late enrollments may be prorated.

Hood College Preparatory Music Division student recital dates for Fall 2015:

  • Monday, Dec. 14, 7 p.m. Regular Prep recital
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. Regular Prep recital
  • Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m. Student honors recital

*All Prep recitals are in Brodbeck Music Hall and are open to the public, free of charge.

Policies and student information

Lessons are offered on a per-semester basis (14 weeks) and normally follow the Hood College academic calendar. Instructors will inform their students of any deviations from that calendar.

Tuition payments are due in full at the beginning of the semester. Instructors will hand out registration forms at or before the first lesson. Payment should be made within the first two weeks of the semester. If payment has not been made by the fourth lesson, lessons may be discontinued until payment is made. Payment may also be made online here.

Lessons missed by the student will not be made up and no refunds will be issued if students miss or discontinue lessons. In some unusual circumstances, if a student must withdraw for reasons beyond his or her control, a prorated refund will be offered through the sixth week of lessons. If an instructor must miss a lesson, it will be rescheduled at the mutual convenience of the instructor and student. Students who need to cancel a lesson should call the instructor directly. Instructors will inform students as to the best way to contact them.

If the College is closed due to inclement weather, lessons will be automatically canceled for that day. The missed lesson will be made up at a mutually convenient time. Some instructors may need to cancel a lesson even if the College is not closed. If there is any question as to the status of lessons, please contact the instructor directly. If the instructor is not reachable, contact RoseAnn Lester, director of the preparatory music division, at 301-696-3431, or by email at

Attending recitals and concerts is a vital part of a student's musical training. There are numerous faculty, guest artist and student concerts on campus each semester, and most are free. They are listed on the College's website, and on the bulletin board located in the west wing of Brodbeck.

Performances on prep recitals is entirely at the discretion of your instructor.

For safety purposes, please abide by the following:

  • Never stop your car along either side of the drive along Brodbeck to drop off or pick up students, regardless of the weather, how late you may be running, or how quickly you need to depart. This creates an unsafe condition for anyone in the area, both on foot and in a vehicle.
  • Please accompany young children into and out of the building safely.
  • To avoid getting a parking ticket, you will need to get a parking permit from your instructor if you plan to park on Hood’s campus. This should be placed on the dashboard of your car so it is clearly visible to Hood’s Security.

Hood College is very proud of its music program and we are pleased that you are a part of it. We trust that you will be pleased with us. Thank you for your cooperation in the above matters.

Prep Music Evaluation Form

To enroll in Hood's Preparatory Music program or for further information, please email RoseAnn Lester, director of the preparatory music division, at, or call 301-696-3431.