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The Music Performance Program is a division of the Department of Music that offers unique opportunities to students with a strong musical background. Under the direction of Dr. Magdalena Stern-Baczewska, the MPP seeks to enable students to develop as musicians within Columbia's academic setting by offering a wide array of opportunities for musical instruction, participation, and performance. Auditions for acceptance into the MPP occur during the first week of the Fall Semester. *Students do not have to major in music.


Auditions: MPP auditions will take place during the first week of classes, via Zoom.  Please visit the audition page for more information.


Calendar: Columbia and MPP will be operating in three semesters. Please see the academic calendar here. We will be sending out a questionnaire later on to associates interested in teaching during Summer 2021. 

As you know, all undergraduate instruction at Columbia University this Fall will take place online.

This is what you may expect from the MPP:

Individual lessons: except for the online platform, all stays the same: you will receive 6 hours of one-on-one lessons per semester. The meetings with your instructor will be online, in real time. There is a $300 lesson fee, 1 credit, P/F grade. There is no performance requirement at the end of semester.

Chamber ensembles: aside from the online format, the expectations will remain the same: you will meet for a total of 12 hours this semester, in real time, with your group and instructor. Each group member will receive 1 credit and a letter grade individually. The final performance requirement will be replaced by an online project, taking the form of a recording, or a live Zoom performance for other ensemble members and the instructor. Feel free to inquire with individual instructors about the details, as everyone has a different idea of how to make it work best for you. Some associates choose to make recordings, others organize lecture performance presentations, or simply ask the students to perform for one another live online.  


A Note from the Director

Welcome to Columbia University's Music Performance Program, where students' academic excellence meets musical prowess and passion.

High-caliber music-making is an integral part of Columbia's campus life. Our student-musicians participate in a variety of activities, such as chamber music, jazz, world music, and orchestra, chorus, and individual instrumental instruction. New York City is their stage - the performances have taken our students beyond the Columbia campus, to such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Symphony Space.

The Music Performance Program allows the new generation of future artists, politicians, scientists, and entrepreneurs to cultivate their talent and love of music through learning from world-class musicians. While thriving academically, our students keep an important place for music in their lives, and continue to make music relevant in the world around them.

If you would like to be informed about the MPP activities, please join our mailing list. You may also support our performers by giving or joining us for upcoming performances.

*Music Performance Program is a part of Columbia University's Department of Music, an academic department. We have no connection to Miller Theatre, which operates as a professional concert presenter independently of the academic departments.