Private Instruction

Take private instrumental or vocal lessons for college credit! Private instrumental or vocal lessons at Bellevue College is open at all students regardless of level – beginners to advanced students are welcome. If you’re a music concentration student, a future transfer student, or a Running Start student moving onto a four-year music program, do not wait to document your private instruction experience – get college credit by enrolling into MUSC 140, 143, 240 or 243.

Private Instruction Course Descriptions

MUSC 140 First-Year Private Instruction I • 1 Cr.

Provides one-on-one instruction on a variety of instruments or voice from beginning to advanced levels. Instruction must be provided by an approved teacher with at least one 30 to 45 minute lesson per week. Private lesson fee is added to normal college fees. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits in three quarters. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair.


MUSC 143 First-Year Private Instruction II • 2 Cr.

Provides one-on-one instruction on a variety of instruments or voice from beginning to advanced levels. Instruction must be provided by an approved teacher with at least one 60 minute lesson per week. Students pay the cost of lessons. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Permission of program chair.


MUSC 240 Second-Year Private Instruction I • 1 Cr.

Provides one-on-one instruction on a variety of instruments or voice from beginning to advanced levels. Instruction must be provided by an approved teacher with at least one 30 minute lesson per week. Students pay cost of lesson. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credits in three quarters. Prerequisite: Three quarters of MUSC 140 or MUSC 143 and permission of program chair


MUSC 243 Second-Year Private Instruction II • 2 Cr.

Provides one-on-one instruction on a variety of instruments or voice from beginning to advanced levels. Instruction must be provided by an approved teacher with at least one 30 minute lesson per week. Students pay cost of lesson. May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. Prerequisite: Three quarters of MUSC 140 or MUSC 143 or permission of program chair.

To enroll, please contact Dr. Brian Cobb at brian.cobb@bellevuecollege.edu for a “Private Instruction Sign-Up Form” and an entry code.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I study with a private instructor?

Musical one-on-one apprenticeship has existed for centuries, in the current age private instruction is the equivalent. For the majority, private instruction is the best and most focused way for a serious student to learn the technique of vocal or instrumental mechanics, performance, and musical styles.  Every private instructor is different and brings a unique array of expertise and experience to the learning environment, so finding the right one is essential for the student’s sustained musical growth.

How do I find a private instructor?

The Bellevue College Music Department keeps an active list of approved instructors and music organizations that can provide Bellevue College students with private vocal or instrumental lessons. Please contact Dr. Brian Cobb for an approved instructor.

What is the process for signing up for MUSC 140, 143, 240, or 243?

  • Step 1: Find an approved private instructor
  • Step 2: Complete a “Private Instruction Sign-Up Form” provided by the Private Instruction Coordinator, Dr. Brian Cobb.
  • Step 3: Once receiving the “Private Instruction Sign-Up Form” the Private instruction Coordinator will provide the student with an entry code.
  • Step 4: Complete enrollment online or in-person at the Registration Office.

Besides taking the private lessons, what else is required of the student?

Aside from attending private lessons consistently, the student is required to perform at a jury at end of the academic quarter.  The jury is administered by Bellevue College music faculty and confirms the student’s progress in vocal or instrumental performance.

Long-standing Faculty & Affiliated Private Instructors:

Mark Wilson, BC faculty, guitar mawilson@bellevuecollege.edu

Dennis Kruse, voice evolutionsavs@gmail.com

Benjamin Johnson, piano johnson.benjamin.m@gmail.com

Our Partnering Music Organization: Music Works North West

is a non-profit community music school offering music lessons, music therapy and performance experiences for all ages, conveniently located minutes from the Bellevue College Main Campus. Our mission is to enrich the quality of life for children of all ages through accessible music education and experiences.

Bellevue College students can take private lessons at Music Works for college credit.  Please check out their fantastic faculty at: Music Works

Please contact Dr. Brian Cobb at: brian.cobb@bellevuecollege.edu  with inquiries into approved instructors teaching strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, guitar, harp, voice, and more.