Lesson Policies

  • Only students enrolled in an undergraduate program at Columbia University or Barnard College, or graduate students in Music, may participate in competitive auditions for a limited number of lesson placements for the coming academic year.
  • 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.
  • Paid trial lessons are available upon request, based on the instructor's availability. You can arrange these directly with the instructor via email (address available on the instructor's profile page). The fee is at individual instructor's discretion.
  • All students who would like to take private lessons at Columbia must (re)audition at the beginning of the fall semester only. No auditions are offered in the spring semester. 
  • Audition sign-up sheets will be available approximately two weeks before the first day of classes in the fall semester.
  • Signing up for an annual audition is strictly the student's responsibility. Failure to do so will mean loss of eligibility for lessons for the entire academic year.
  • Upon completing a successful audition, a student will be permitted to register for six one-hour lessons for one credit per semester at Columbia. 
  • If, after a successful audition, should a student decide not to take lessons for any reason, s/he must formally drop the course before the end of the Change-of-Program period, as specified in Columbia's Academic Calendar, in order to receive a full refund of the lesson fee. After the deadline, the fee will not be refunded. The amount will not be pro-rated.