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


  • 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. 

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