Lessons

AUDITIONS (REQUIRED)

ALL returning students are required to audition in September during the first week of classes to participate in the MPP during the academic year. 

  • Classical Lessons and Chamber Ensemble Auditions: September 6 & 8
  • Jazz Lessons and Ensemble Auditions: September 7 & 9
  • Columbia University Orchestra Auditions: September 8, 9, & 10
  • World Music Ensembles: Speak with Instructor at first class meeting
  • Piano Lesson Interviews: September 6 & 7 (from 10am-2pm in 109/110 Dodge Hall) 
    *Pianists interested in chamber music MUST audition.

Audition Requirements

Classical:

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading skills.

Jazz:

  • Instrumentalists should prepare two jazz standards (a rhythm section will be provided to accompany auditions).
  • You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading and improvisational skills.
  • Vocalists should prepare two selections to show interpretative abilities (improvisation optional).
  • Please provide a clear lead sheet with chord changes for the accompanist (a pianist is provided).

Orchestra

  • Short solo of choice. This may be a short piece, or an excerpt of a longer piece. Your chosen piece should be indicative of your ability to move around your instrument, as well as the quality of your sound.

AUDITION SIGN-UP


REGISTRATION

All accepted MPP students must register for lessons and ensembles by the change-of-program period to continue their participation that semester.  Petitioning students must notify MPP staff prior to this deadline. 

Are you attempting to register for lessons/ensembles sections that appear to be blocked? Keep in mind that registration for lessons and ensembles will be available only to students who have been admitted to MPP through a live audition, during the first week of classes. 

  • Fall 2016 semester: Friday September 16
  • Spring 2017 semester: Friday January 27

Directory of classes


Lesson Logs 

Lesson logs should be turned into the MPP office at 618 Dodge Hall or emailed to Jane Pae (jhp2150 [at] columbia.edu ) by the mid-term date and last day of classes each semester of participation.

  • Fall 2016 semester: Thursday October 20 and Monday December 12
  • Spring 2017 semester: Monday March 6 and Monday May 1

Lesson Log


Lesson Fee Policy

Starting in Fall 2017, the lesson fee will be $250 per semester for all students - the second-lowest rate among our peer institutions. Each student will receive six (6) hours of lessons each semester.

​​*Special ​j​azz concentrators will ​meet with Prof. ​Chris Washburne

A minimum of one prerequisite class must be completed to qualify for a lesson fee waiver.

  • THEORY 1
  • THEORY 2
  • THEORY 3
  • THEORY 4
  • UN2016, Jazz History (survey course)
  • W4612, Jazz and American Culture

Major/Concentrator Intent Form