Chamber Music

The MPP supports over 20 student chamber groups, ranging from duos to octets. Groups are assembled through auditions, and each group is coached by a distinguished MPP faculty member and performs at an end-of-semester concert.  Learn more . . .  

Private Lessons

Columbia/Barnard undergraduate students are eligible to take private instrumental lessons for credit through the MPP, and lessons in voice for credit through Barnard College.  Lessons are taught by distinguished MPP Associate Faculty members. Lessons are offered on all standard orchestral, chamber and jazz instruments, and in classical and jazz voice. Placement in lessons is based on auditions held every fall.
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Jazz Performance

The Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program, Prof. Christopher Washburne, Director --  Columbia's Louis Armstrong Jazz Performance Program offers both undergraduate and graduate students jazz performance experience and private lessons. Learn more!


The Columbia University Orchestra, Prof. Jeffrey Milarsky, Music Director -- Founded by composer Edward MacDowell in 1896, the CUO is the oldest continually operating university orchestra in the United States. Learn more.

Vocal Lessons & Ensembles

Barnard College offers for-credit lessons in classical voice as well as the Barnard-Columbia Chorus and the Barnard-Columbia Chamber Singers.  Lessons in jazz voice are offered in the Columbia Jazz Performance Program; Collegium Musicum is sponsored by the Columbia Music Department. There are many other student vocal groups at Columbia.

World & Popular Music

The MPP supports many for-credit student ensembles specializing in non-Western and popular/vernacular musical genres, including Japanese Gagaku and Hogaku, Bluegrass, Klezmer, Middle Eastern, Latin/Caribbean ensembles.  Learn more . . .

Music Practice Rooms and Policies for the 2013-14 Academic Year


The rooms in SCHAPIRO HALL are open for everyone with any CU ID  without signing up for a key. Schapiro Hall/Dormitory is located on 115th Street between Broadway and Riverside. Access is open to all members of the CU community on an as-available basis.  Please limit your use of these rooms to ONE HOUR PER PRACTICE SESSION when other people are waiting for access. If these rooms are abused or monopolized, we will be forced to revert to a key-based checkout system for Schapiro. The Schapiro rooms are Rooms A, B, C, D, E, and F on the  Lower Level of Schapiro Hall/Dormitory.


Key distribution for the rooms in Broadway and East Campus for the academic year will begin on Wednesday of the second week of classes (September 16).  A $30 CASH ONLY key deposit is required (no exceptions), which will be refunded upon return of the key at the end of the year (or earlier, if requested).  The SAME KEY will open the available rooms in Broadway and East Campus.  If one facility is full at a time when a student wants to practice, students have the option to go to the other facility. These rooms also have a ONE HOUR limit if others are waiting.
The rooms available WITH a key deposit are:

-- East Campus Practice rooms (requires dorm sticker on Student ID to use): EC 7th Floor, 9th floor and 11th floor

-- Broadway Dorm Practice rooms (requires dorm sticker on Student ID to use): Rooms 201, 202 and 203 Broadway

GRAND PIANOS are also available for public use and are located in Lerner Hall, John Jay Lounge,  the GSAS Student Lounge in 301 Philosophy Hall and a few others.  Inquire with the Music Department Office (621 Dodge) for more information.

PRACTICE ROOM POLICIES -- Violations of these policies may cost you your access!

-- Do not leave litter or belongings in any practice room when you leave.

-- Be alert to safety considerations.  If you suspect someone is up to no good, report it to the guard on duty or to CU Public Safety at once, and leave the area.  Be especially careful after hours.

-- Do not alter, abuse, or otherwise mark any piano. Grand pianos should not be moved any more than necessary, and covers should be left in the closed position when you leave.

-- When there is a wait for rooms, please limit your practice time to no more than one hour.

-- Please report all problems with any practice room to the Music Department Office (621 Dodge, or send email to and  report problems with pianos directly to