Do you provide lessons for members?
Yes! If you are a beginner, you can get lessons from more experienced members to help improve your skills. If you are an experienced pianist, you can teach fellow members who are looking for some extra help. We are always looking to find more student teachers, so if you are available to help teach, please contact us! See Lessons for full details.
Do you charge anything?
To be an official member, club dues are $10 per semester if you are a Cornell affiliate, or $15 if you are not an affiliate (e.g. Ithaca residents, etc.). If you are interested in taking piano lessons or theory lessons, there are some additional costs - see Lessons for more information. Note that volunteer piano teachers are exempt from dues during the semester(s) in which they teach!
How often are your meetings?
We have general meetings every Saturday at 2:00 pm in B20 Lincoln Hall. See the home page for announcements and updates about other events. To receive emails about our upcoming events and meetings, subscribe to our listserve.
I hate classical music. Do you play/discuss anything else?
Absolutely! We include all genres in our study of piano music: jazz, rock, alternative, blues, R&B, new age, classical, and much more. We encourage you to play, or bring recordings of cool piano pieces from any composer, artist, band, and time period to our meetings if you would like to share.
Do you have to be really good at piano to join?
No way! CPS welcomes members of every skill level, from total newbies to virtuosos. We even have members who don't play at all, but enjoy listening to great piano performances. We also encourage other instrumentalists to join and jam with us.
I'm a Cornell graduate student / faculty member / staff member. Can I join anyway?
Of course! We have many graduate students taking lessons, and some even teach lessons. We also have a handful of faculty and staff members as piano students. If you are wondering about membership dues, you will only need to pay $10 since you are a Cornell affiliate.
Can my children take piano lessons?
Unfortunately, no. At this time, we are unable to provide young children with the level of care they would need. Thus, only Ithaca residents (18 and older), college students, faculty, and staff are permitted to take lessons.
I don't play piano / used to play piano / can't read music / only play by ear / etc. Can I still be a member?
There are no minimum requirements, auditions, or forms to worry about if you want to be a CPS member. Our goal is to make people of all skill levels and genre interests feel welcome and involved in our club - the more variety, the better! Everyone has a unique perspective to bring to our club, and we look forward to meeting new members with unusual backgrounds.
Your site has incorrect information/broken links.
All Cornell groups with sites that were hosted by RSO have been instructed to move to Orgsync, so there were many formatting issues to be changed. Unfortunately, there are always errors missed. If you find something wrong, email the webmaster.