Music Lessons

Music Lessons


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

Applied Music lessons are available on any instrument and at any level. 

Students receive 10 hours of one-on-one lesson time per semester (for 2 credits only) 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 to meet.

To sign up for Applied Music lessons, please fill out a pre-registration online survey (which can be found on this page) during the regular Teachers College registration period for each semester.

Registration for Applied Music Lessons for the Summer A, Summer B and Fall 2020 semester will begin on MONDAY, APRIL 27, 2020.  Please visit this page then to complete your survey.  Thank you!

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


Policies for Columbia Schools

Teachers College is delighted to provide lessons to registered students across the University.  It is up to the student, though, to determine if these lessons will count towards their degree, what the fee structure is, if loans will cover lessons, and if their particular school will allow for the cross-registration.  Proof of successful cross-registration must be supplied by the student to the Music & Music Education program before lessons may begin.  The deadline for submission of this proof of cross-registration for the Spring semester is MONDAY, FEB 3. 


Generally, students at the following schools ARE PERMITTED by their respective school to cross-register and take Applied Music lessons through Teachers College.  Please ascertain with your Dean before requesting lessons:

College of Dental Medicine

Columbia College

Law School

Mailman School of Public Health

School of the Arts



Generally, students at the following schools are NOT PERMITTED by their respective school to cross-register and take Applied Music lessons through Teachers College (though you may consider petitioning your dean to see if an exception or special allowance may be made in your particular case):
Barnard College

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)
School of Journalism

Practice Rooms

There is a suite of 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.



Thank you for your interest in Applied Music Lessons!


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