Individualized Music Lessons


ABOUT THE PROGRAM: All Kellogg Community College students have the opportunity to take private music lessons in any number of instruments and/or voice. Students receive rigorous instruction from music division faculty, preparing them for performance in studio seminar, studio master classes, recitals, auditions or for self – enrichment purposes. These are private lessons open to all interested students and or community members. Instructors teach once a week on a one-to-one basis. For more information, contact Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard, Music Area Coordinator, at 269-965-3931 ext. 2566 or email at

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FALL 2021 UPDATE: Studio Class Schedule

  • Studio Class is mandatory for all students taking lessons for academic credit.
  • Plan to arrive at studio 5 min. prior to start time in order to sign in. Late arrivals will have a negative impact on studio grade. Studio starts promptly at 1pm, NOT 1:05 p.m.
  • All students taking lessons for academic credit MUST complete the end of semester jury. Failure to do so will result in a 1/3 grade reduction for the academic semester.
Schedule Studio Class Schedule  Time
Class 1 Wednesday, March 16  1 p.m.
Class 2       Wednesday, April 20  1 p.m.
Class 3        Wednesday, May 4  1 p.m.
JURIES FRIDAY, May 6 7:00pm-9:00pm


If you are using our studio accompanist, Mrs. Cynthia Garn, all music must be turned into her no later than 1 week prior to desired performance date. Failure to follow this process may result in you not having an accompanist for your performance. You may contact Mrs. Garn via email at or call 517-227-0794.

JURY Registration: Quick Links

Jury Form & Instructions – Scroll down to jury section for complete registration information below.

Student Exit Recital Hearing Form

Free Music Staff Paper: Click Here

Recital Form (printable)

Smart Ways to Practice (NPR)

Studio Change Request Form

Contact your Individualized Music Lesson Instructor




Cynthia Garn, piano (accompanist)

Office: D228F, Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Building
Phone: 517-227-0794

How to schedule my rehearsal with the accompanist?

Email Mrs. Garn directly to schedule a day and time for your rehearsal. Mrs. Garn’s services are free for registered students. However, if you fail to make your scheduled appointment without advanced notification, please note that you will be responsible for compensating the accompanist at a rate of $10 per session. In other words, if you schedule an appointment, be sure to show up.

Vocal/Instrumental Study

These guidelines have been prepared in order to help department faculty evaluate student performance. Assessment sheets for evaluations and juries will be provided for those events.


Each student will receive one 60 minute (2 credits) private lesson per week for the duration of the academic semester. There is also a 30 min. non credit option available.

Studio Master Class

Students taking lessons for academic credit are required to attend the assigned Studio Master Class schedule. Master classes are held in the Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Auditorium on selected Wednesdays at 1 p.m. These are mandatory for all students receiving academic credit for lessons. Those taking the CEU non-credit option are encouraged to attend, but not required.


Who may take lessons?

KCC offers individualized music lessons to students and community members. You do not need to pursue a degree in order to take applied lessons. Lessons are available for credit (2 cr. each) and for non-credit (CEU option).

Students may register for individual music lesson through the KCC portal or may contact the registration office directly by calling 269-965-3931. The Kellogg Registration Information System will allow you to access registration information through the college portal. Once you have completed the registration, you must notify Dr. Case-Blanchard.

Registration and Schedule Adjustments

Registration is held throughout the academic year. Specific dates and times of registration are published on the College class schedule page, printed for each academic period.

Registering for Individualized Music Lessons

Students taking lessons for academic credit must attend all scheduled studio class sessions.

Individual instruction for academic credit or non-credit (private lessons) in keyboard, woodwind, brass, percussion, string instruments and voice is available to all KCC students regardless of academic major. These lessons are also available to non-students wishing to study music for personal enjoyment. There are two registration options available for taking an individualized music lesson through the music program at Kellogg Community College.

Individualized Music Lesson Instruments

Voice, Piano, Organ, Harpsichord, Violin, Viola, Guitar (acoustic and electric), Bass (electric), Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet, French Horn and trumpet.

Option 1

This is a non-credit option. The course number marked with “C” indicates that you, the student or community member, may take this course for personal enrichment. You will receive one 30 minute lesson once per week. Please note that the expectation is the same, except you will not be required to attend the weekly Studio Master Class sessions nor complete a jury at the end of the semester.

Available Courses: CEU (non-credit options)

MUSI C112 Individualized Voice Lessons 1.6 CEU
MUSI C122 Individualized Piano Lessons 1.6 CEU
MUSI C130 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 1.6 CEU

Option 2

Students looking to earn credit should use this option. You will receive one 60 minute lesson per week. You will be expected to attend Studio Master Classes and follow the minimum performance requirements. Your weekly lesson meeting time is scheduled directly with your instructor after the first week of classes.  

MUSI 112 Individualized Voice Lessons 1 2.00
MUSI 122 Individualized Piano Lessons 1 2.00
MUSI 135 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 1 2.00

Note: Once you have officially registered for your individualized music lesson course, your contact information will then be forwarded directly to the music coordinator. However, immediately following registration, you are asked to send an email confirming your registration to Dr. Gerald Case-Blanchard. Please be sure that your current contact information is listed accurately with the college, and that you are registered for the correct course and section.

Available Applied Lesson Course & Numbers

MUSI 112 Individualized Voice Lessons 1 2.00
MUSI C112 Individualized Voice Lessons 1.6 CEU
MUSI 113 Individualized Voice Lessons 2 2.00
MUSI 114 Individualized Voice Lessons 3 2.00
MUSI 115 Individualized Voice Lessons 4 2.00
MUSI 122 Individualized Piano Lessons 1 2.00
MUSI C122 Individualized Piano Lessons 1.6 CEU
MUSI 123 Individualized Piano Lessons 2 2.00
MUSI 124 Individualized Piano Lessons 3 2.00
MUSI 125 Individualized Piano Lessons 4 2.00
MUSI C130 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 1.6 CEU
MUSI 135 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 1 2.00
MUSI 136 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 2 2.00
MUSI 137 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 3 2.00
MUSI 138 Individualized Instrumental Lessons 4 2.00

Performance Requirements

All students taking individualized music lessons for academic credit will perform in a minimum of two master classes and one recital each semester of study. All recital music must be presented at concert performance level – memorized and polished. At the end of the semester, students with the highest jury level scores will be invited to perform in the honors concert. This opportunity is open to both instrumental and vocal students.

Tips for a Successful Year of Study

Dr. Blanchard giving a voice lesson to a student.

Show up for your lessons:

  • On time
  • Prepared
  • Warmed up; you are expected to practice daily on technique (exercises) and repertoire

You will not improve without regular practice. Remember, you reap what you sow. Most illnesses should not prevent you from practicing. Even if your voice is not functioning physically, you can still work on the comprehension of pitches, rhythms, diction, understanding the text, phrasing and memorization. Plan ahead to avoid the conflicts that can and will occur (exams, papers, etc.).

Grading and Attendance

It is the student’s responsibility to notify their music instructor 24 hours in advance, preferably in person, if they must miss or reschedule a lesson. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence and will result in a lowering of the student’s grade for the semester. If you are not taking for credit, your lesson will not be made up and you have forfeited that particular session without make – up or refund of any kind.

Students are expected to attend all lessons and master classes and perform in studio master classes and or studio recitals. Each student taking lessons for academic credit must also complete an End of Semester performance jury. If a student fails to perform a jury at the end of the semester, the student will automatically fail the jury, thus reducing the semester grade by one third.

GPA Conversion Chart

GPA Percentile Letter Grade
4.0 95-100 A
3.9 94 A
3.8 93 A
3.7 92 A
3.6 91 A-
3.5 90 A-
3.4 89 B+
3.3 88 B+
3.2 87 B
3.1 86 B
3.0 85 B
2.9 84 B
2.8 83 B
2.7 82 B
2.6 81 B-
2.5 80 B-
2.4 79 C+
2.3 78 C+
2.2 77 C
2.1 76 C
2.0 75 C
1.9 74 C
1.8 73 C
1.7 72 C
1.6 71 C-
1.5 70 C-
1.4 69 D+
1.3 68 D+
1.2 67 D
1.1 66 D
1.0 65 D
0.9 64 D
0.8 63 D
0.7 62 D
0.6 61 D-
0.5 60 D-
0.4 59 F
0.3 58 F
0.2 57 F
0.1 56 F
0.0 55 F


The student completed all requirements, except for the final jury.

Grading Result:

  • Lesson: 4.0
  • Master Class: 4.0
  • Jury: 0.0
  • Final Semester Grade: 2.6


If you arrive up to 14 minutes late, you will be deducted half points from the day’s attendance grade. If you arrive 15 minutes late or more to your scheduled lesson, you have forfeited that lesson, and therefore, the faculty member shall not make it up.

Lesson Attendance Policy

Scheduling Missed Lessons and Make – Up Lessons

Your instructor must be notified of any lesson cancellations 24 hours prior to the scheduled lesson date in order to qualify for a make – up lesson. There are no make – ups for no – show students or late comers. Emergency cancellations may be qualified with proof of emergency (e.g. a student calls in sick prior to the lesson on the lesson day, a doctor’s note is required for a makeup to be considered). If a permanent schedule change is required, please inform the instructor immediately. Every effort will be made to accommodate date and time for an approved make – up when possible. It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the scheduling of a make – up lesson, not the instructor. Make – up lessons are based on the instructor’s availability.

Note: Should your instructor not receive at least 24 hours advanced notice, a make – up lesson will not be scheduled.

*There are no make – ups for missed lessons due to late registration.

Drop / Add

A schedule adjustment period is provided for students who have registered and find it necessary to revise their course selections. Schedule adjustments must be made within the time limits established by the College.

End of Semester Juries & Exit Recital

Vocal and Instrumental Jury Policy

Every student registered for lessons and taking for academic credit is required to take a Jury Examination at the end of the semester. The jury grade will contribute significantly to the student’s final grade for the semester. If this is the student’s final semester of lessons and has completed all four levels of study and are planning to transfer to another degree granting institution with the intent to study music performance education, they will be required to complete an Exit Jury or Recital.  

Student Exit Recital Hearing Form

Recital Length: 30 minutes, minimum

Requirements for Student Exit Recital

Your recital date is not official until the Pre-Recital Hearing has been approved by your Recital Committee and the appropriate paperwork has been processed.

  1. Consult with your applied music instructor before scheduling a date. You must get their approval in advance.
  2. Upon initial approval from your instructor, you must complete in triplicate the Recital Hearing Form (see above link).
  3. Upon the completion of steps one and two, you must communicate with the department secretary, Mrs. Anne Yerby, to secure a date and location for your event. Failure in doing so will result in a cancellation of your preliminary approval. This must be done no later than 30 days prior to the expected date of the event.
  4. You are responsible for making all your own arrangements for staging, ushering and scheduling of rehearsal and performance space.

Note to instructor: Once you have approved all aspects of the process, please schedule a planning meeting with your student, yourself and Dr. Case-Blanchard to cover the logistics for both the Exit recital jury and the performance. This should be completed 50 days prior to projected Recital Date.

Online Jury Registration

Music Jury Form – This must be completed in triplicate and brought to your jury. This form MUST be pre-signed by your instructor.

Special Notice: To register for your jury using this online system, you must sign into your Google account. If you do not have one, you may register for one for free when prompted. If you have any questions, please email Dr. Case-Blanchard or watch the online tutorial.

Seeing Your Confirmed (in-person) Jury Time After Registration

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the Individualized Music Lessons link
  3. Scroll down to the jury section
  4. Click on the hyper-linked jury date you previously selected
  5. Use the pull down time menu, or scroll down the time block to find your last name. You will see the confirmed time listed.

Generally, it takes 24 – 48 hours before the system is updated reflecting your request and confirmation. If your jury is not confirmed, you will receive an email indicating the need to schedule a different time or you will be reassigned a time closest to your requested options. If your name is listed next to a specified time, then you are confirmed for that time.

FALL 2021

Day/date: Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021 7pm-9pm

Link to jury registration: CURRENTLY CLOSED (Virtual only)


Day/date: May 6, 2022 7pm-9pm

Link to jury registration: CURRENTLY CLOSED                                                        (Will open two weeks prior to jury date)



All students taking applied lessons for academic credit, both performance focus and non-music focus, must play a jury at the conclusion of each semester to show evidence of progress on their instrument. The student must successfully pass their jury in order to progress to the next level of musical study. Majors are expected to complete an exit recital in the final semester of lesson sequence.

  • MUSI 112 – 113 (vocal) level students must be prepared to perform a minimum of three contrasting pieces. Two must be memorized. *MUSI 113 or higher: one must be in a language other than English.
  • MUSI 114 – 115 (vocal) level students must be prepared to perform a minimum of four to six contrasting pieces by memory. All must be memorized. *MUSI 115: two selections must be from standard art song, lied, opera or oratorio repertoire.
  • MUSI 122 – 123 (piano): one to three contrasting pieces from contrasting stylistic periods. One selection must be representative of the standard classical repertoire. All selections must be memorized.
  • MUSI 124 – 125 (piano): four to six contrasting pieces from contrasting stylistic periods and genres. A minimum of three must be representative of the standard classical repertoire (Bach, Beethoven, Chopin etc.). All selections must be memorized.
  • MUSI 135 – 136 (instrumental): two compositions from the standard repertoire showing contrast in style and technique; excerpts from standard orchestral repertoire is accepted.
  • MUSI 137 – 138 (instrumental): solos from the standard repertoire showing contrast in style and technique; standard method book studies; excerpts from standard orchestral repertoire is accepted.

How many selections should I prepare?

The number of selections you are responsible to present is based on your level of study. Please see guide above.

What are my instructors adjudicating me on?

Technique – tone quality, accuracy, agility, legato, resonance, etc.
Breath Control – tone support, phrasing, intensity
Musicianship – rhythm, tempo, note values, intonation and dynamics
Interpretation – facial expression, dynamics, tone, color, style
Diction – pronunciation of language, enunciation, text projection
Presence – entrance and exit, posture, personality, applause acknowledgment
Memorization – with complete comprehension of text and musical content

Will I be asked to sight-read?

A primary goal of our music program is to produce students who are musically literate and prepared to experience a lifetime of musical enrichment. The development of sight reading skills is central to the achievement of this primary goal. Therefore, the development of specific sight reading skills must be included at all levels of instruction and evaluation. The student will be asked to perform a small musical excerpt at sight. Your instructor will assist you with the appropriate levels of preparation for the exercise.

Appropriate Dress

Concert formal wear is not necessary, but attire appropriate for a job interview is a good guideline. Failure to dress appropriately will result in a lowering of the final jury grade. Check with your instructor if you have questions.

 What do I do once I am in the jury room?

Each student will enter the jury space with three copies of their completed jury form. You will then provide the lead instructor with the copies which will then be distributed among the adjudicating faculty. While that occurs, the student will take their place, breathe, and prepare themselves to announce their first composition. Please note, you get to choose the first piece, but the faculty may then select to randomly pick something from your jury sheet for you to present. Students are strongly encouraged to select the work that feels most prepared to present as your “choice” piece.

Other Information

10 Tips for Email Etiquette

  1. Student’s name and class/section in subject line, followed by the nature of the communication: question, clarification, information, illness (John Smith Musi 151-90 Illness).
  2. Appropriate standard greeting, such as Dear Professor Rose or Good Morning. Never “hey.”
  3. Keep the message on point. “My question about today’s assignment is…”
  4. No text “language”or symbols. Emails must be in standard English.
  5. Always sign your name at the end. Use your full name if you are unknown to the recipient, or first name if you are known.
  6. Never ask your professor if you have missed anything important. Of course you have; every class session is vital.
  7. Do not go into too much personal detail if you must miss class. An absence is an absence.
  8. If you will be missing class, always ask what you need to do to keep on track and caught up.
  9. Never forward jokes, memes or chain letters to your professor.
  10. Your email is a reflection of you, your work habits and your professionalism. Make readers want to respond.

If you fail to address an instructor appropriately or fail to format your requests in the appropriate manner, your email will not receive a response.