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Music and Music Education
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Music and Music Education

In the Department of Arts and Humanities

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Music Lessons

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Applied Music lessons!

Applied Music lessons are available on any instrument at any level. Teachers College Applied Music lessons are offered for two credits only. To sign up for Applied Music lessons, please fill out a survey during the regular Teachers College registration period for each semester.

Registration for Applied Music lessons for the following semester is now open:

·      Fall 2015 (Sept 2 - Dec 21)

In order to register, you must first complete a survey. Surveys must be completed one day before add/drop of the corresponding term in order to be considered.

The Applied Lessons Fall 2015 survey can be found here:


After you submit the survey, you will be contacted by the Music Education program within four business days with information on how to register.  Next, your instructor will then phone or email you to set up a lesson day, time and meeting place. Students receive 10 hours of lesson time per semester for 2 credits at Teachers College. Students and their instructor will decide how to divide the time (i.e., how long each lesson will last) and how often you will meet.


For a PDF of Frequently Asked Questions regarding Applied Lessons: Please click here

Policies for Columbia Schools
The School of Continuing Education: 
Students may take applied music instruction provided they are registered in at least one course with School of Continuing Education. Please register in Kent Hall.

Columbia College: Students must visit the Dean's office in Hamilton Hall and sign a form stating that they accept  responsibility for payment. The Dean also signs this form. Students should bring the signed form to Kent Hall to register.

Barnard College, College of Physicians and Surgeons (Medical School), Law School, and School of Journalism: Students must complete the "Special Approval Form for Cross Registration" in their respective Dean's office. This form must then be presented to their respective registrar for cross registration.

Regrettably, students at the following schools are NOT PERMITTED to take Applied Music lessons through Teachers College at this time:
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS)
Graduate School of Business (GSB)
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS)
School of General Studies (GS)
School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)

Practice Rooms

There are many student practice rooms in the Music and Music Education program at Teachers College (located on the fifth floor of the Horace Mann building), which may be rented by the semester.  Each room is equipped with a Steinway 1098 upright piano, armless chairs and a music stand.  Any Columbia University student with an active ID may rent a practice room and use it for up to seven hours of reserved time per week.  To rent a practice room, please visit the Music & Music Education office at 520A Horace Mann.

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