See registration page below.

Returning students:  Please send an email to us at [email protected] to let us know you intend to continue.  Thank you to those who have already done so!

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Luther College Community Music School. We are looking forward to an exciting and successful year! Luther College takes pride in being able to offer private lessons and classes to members of the community. Although we consider participation in this program a right of all students, we do expect certain standards of each student enrolled:

  • Responsibility
  • Dependability
  • Dedication

It is our goal to make lesson and class offerings through the Luther College Community Music School valuable and insightful to musicians of all ages and experiences. We hope that all LCCMS students are eager to enroll and participate fully in their lessons and classes.

Student Responsibilities

By enrolling in the Luther College Community Music School, you become an important member of our Luther music community. Your participation and dedication is vital to the success and value of your education with us. Therefore, we ask our LCCMS students to abide by the following:

  • Respect yourself and others.
  • Respect all instruments and LCCMS facilities.
  • Be present and ready to begin at the start of your lesson/class.
  • Be attentive and respectful during your lesson/class.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Come prepared with your materials.
  • If you are unable to attend a lesson or class, communicate directly with your LCCMS teacher. 24 hour notice is required to reschedule a lesson you are unable to attend. Class meetings cannot be rescheduled.

Parent Communication

LCCMS teachers will be given parent contact information for students under the age of 18. Should there be any problems or concerns we will call as soon as possible to discuss the matter.


Tuition for private lessons must be paid in full prior to the first class or lesson of the session. Students may not begin until payment is received. Should weather or sickness cause a lesson to be cancelled, every effort will be made by the teacher to make up the lesson should advanced notice be given. "No shows" will not be rescheduled.

Practice and Attendance (Private instruction)

At home practice is an essential part of a students' musical development. Students are expected to practice at home. Students will set a goal for each practice session with their LCCMS teacher.

Student Performance Expectations

  • Arrive on time.Dress appropriately
  • Leave all personal belongings in the appropriate area - to be dictated.
  • When not performing, direct your attention to performer on stage. Use of electronic devices is strictly prohibited.
  • Plan with your teacher how to acknowledge the audience.

Audience Concert Etiquette

(Adapted from MENC Teacher Success kit by Randy Hise)

  • Audience members need to be seated and quiet when the performance is in progress.I
  • f it is necessary to arrive late or leave before the concert is over, please do so between musical selections.
  • Clapping is the appropriate way to show appreciation for the performance. Laughter is acceptable when appropriate. Whistling, yelling, or screaming are not appropriate at any time before, during, or after a concert.
  • During a jazz concert, clapping is an appropriate way to acknowledge a single soloist. During multiple solos, please wait for all soloists to finish performing before applauding.
  • Parents should keep small children seated with them and not allow them to move around during the concert. If very young children become restless and disrupt others' ability to listen, please take them from the performance area until they are quiet.
  • It is customary to welcome the director with applause.
  • Listeners and performers are distracted by extra sounds and movements from the audience.
  • Hats or caps should be removed during a concert. Food or beverages should not be present during the concert.
  • Watch the director when the music stops to decide whether or not to applaud. Some musical works have extended endings, several parts, or multiple movements and the audience is expected to applaud only after all movements have been performed.
  • Cellular phones and pagers interrupt a performance. Please be sure they are turned off.

Care of Music and Materials

Teachers are responsible for all music they receive. Missing or damaged music must be replaced at the publisher's cost. The following will be considered damage:

  • Torn pages
  • Extraneous markings
  • Writing in ink
  • Music which has been folded
  • Stains or dirt on the music
  • Any other markings or damages which might hamper future use of the music

Teachers are responsible for all Luther-issued instruments they are using. You are to report damages to instruments immediately to Dr. Wilson.

We are looking forward to an enjoyable and prosperous year!

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