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.
- Instrumentalists should prepare two contrasting pieces or movements from solo repertoire.
- You will also be asked to demonstrate your sight reading skills.
- 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).
- 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.
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.
- Fall 2016 semester: Friday September 16
- Spring 2017 semester: Friday January 27
Directory of classes
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 Fee Policy
THERE IS A $500 LESSON FEE PER SEMESTER FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE NON-MAJORS/CONCENTRATORS. *LESSON FEES WILL BE WAIVED FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE MAJORS/CONCENTRATORS OR ARE ON THE PATH TO BECOMING A MAJOR/CONCENTRATOR AS DEFINED BY THE MUSIC DEPARTMENT.
*All freshmen and sophomore students wishing to major/minor/concentrate in music, and thereby get their lesson fees waived, are required to make an appointment with Prof. Brad Garton*, Director of Undergraduate Studies, every semester during the registration period, in order to register for appropriate courses. Fees will not be waived without meeting this requirement every semester.
*Special jazz 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