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Individual Instruction

Beginner Level Lessons

Beginner level lessons are not offered. Those wishing to pursue them may contact the Ithaca Community School of Music and Arts or Opus Ithaca.

Our Instructors

The music lesson program offers students the opportunity to pursue collegiate level individual instruction with one of our full faculty, visiting lecturers or graduate student instructors.  For the complete list, please visit the Lessons Instructors page.

Eligibility

Students eligible to participate in the lessons program must have previous experience in a musical instrument or vocals and/or a strong musical background. In addition, students participating in lessons for the first time will need to complete a successful audition with the appropriate faculty sponsor.

Auditioning for Lessons

Students enrolling in music lessons for the first time must audition with the appropriate faculty sponsor (see below for sponsors and contact information). Auditions should happen the semester before a student begins taking lessons (exceptions are made for new students and students who were off campus the prior semester, and at the faculty sponsor’s discretion). Once students have begun individual lessons in the lesson program, they are not required to re-audition for subsequent semester on the same instrument.

Requirements for auditions vary depending on the musical instrument.  Please visit the Audition Requirements page for more specific information.

Instructor Selection

Faculty sponsors will work with students in appointing a lesson instructor.  Before the beginning of each semester students are asked to inform their instructor whether they plan to continue with lessons. Students wishing to change instructors will need to consult with the faculty sponsor and receive signature approval indicating the change.

Lessons Fees

Lessons fees are paid through the Cornell bursar billing system. All lesson fees are non-refundable after the lessons add/drop period.  Students who drop the course before the add/drop deadline will be charged a per-lessons fee.

Lessons fees are an additional cost and are not covered as part of a student’s Cornell financial aid package. A 20% financial aid scholarship is available to all undergraduate students who receive Cornell need-based aid. Some additional scholarship funding is also available; interested students should contact the faculty sponsor for their instrument.

Lesson Structure

Lessons span the fourteen week semester.  Eligible students have the following options:

Weekly
Lesson Length
Credit Hours Pre-requisite
Required
Course Number Grade Option Cost
30 minutes ½  credit No Music 3511 Pass/Fail $539
45 minutes ½  credit No Music 3512 Pass/Fail $809
60 minutes 1 credit No Music 3513 Pass/Fail or Letter $1,078
60 minutes 2 credits Yes* Music 3514 Letter $1,078
60 minutes 3 credits Yes** Music 4501 Letter ***

*Music 3514 co/prerequisite: for every 4 credits of lessons, one 3 credit music history or music theory course is required.

**Music 4501: only open to junior and senior Music majors and graduate students in the Department of Music.

*** Majors and Graduate Students receive scholarship to cover the full cost of lesson fees.

 

Enrolling in Lessons

Students interested in enrolling in lessons must complete an Individual Lessons in Applied Music form which is available in the department office (101 Lincoln Hall) or by download (see left side bar for current Lesson Form). Completed forms are returned to the department office before the add/drop period. Students do not enroll in lessons online.

The Add/drop period for lessons begins the first week of classes and ends 10 calendar days after the first day of classes (exact dates are listed on the lessons form).  Students submitting forms after the drop/add period will not be eligible to be registered in the lessons program for that semester.

Note: Students wishing to withdraw from Lessons must notify their instructor and the Music Office immediately. Students withdrawing prior to the add/drop deadline will be assessed a per-lesson charge for all lessons taken. Students withdrawing after the add/drop deadline must petition to drop the lessons, and will be billed the full course fee.

 

Faculty Sponsors

Name Instrument Email Office Number
Xak Bjerken Piano xb10@cornell.edu 331 Lincoln
Kevin Ernste Composition/Digital Music kme32@cornell.edu 337 Lincoln
John Haines-Eitzen Cello jah242@cornell.edu 231 Lincoln
Ariana Kim Violin/Viola ak932@cornell.edu 239 Lincoln
Chris Kim Oboe, Bassoon cyk8@cornell.edu 332 Lincoln
Alejandro Madrid Guitar (on leave Fall 2016) alm375@cornell.edu 114 Lincoln
Paul Merrill Jazz (all instruments), Guitar (Fall 2016) pm75@cornell.edu 235 Lincoln
Patrice Pastore Voice pep58@cornell.edu 342 Lincoln
Annette Richards Organ ar34@cornell.edu 340 Lincoln
Michael Sparhuber Percussion mas847@cornell.edu B23 Lincoln
James Spinazzola Winds jms862@cornell.edu 237 Lincoln
David Yearsley Harpsichord, Organ dgy2@cornell.edu 341 Lincoln