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How it Works

Every semester, CPS recruits a team of advanced members who are interested in teaching others about theory and how to play piano. These teachers volunteer their time to share their passion and enthusiasm for music. In return, we try to provide exclusive services to teachers, and make the lessons a valuable experience for them as well as for our students.

Lessons Pricing

Cornell Piano Society provides piano lessons each semester through several options:
Note: Prices are subject to change in future semesters.

Piano Lessons

  • 30 min/week = $60/semester ($6.00 / lesson*)
  • 45 min/week = $70/semester ($7.00 / lesson*)
  • 60 min/week = $80/semester ($8.00 / lesson*)


* Based on 10 lessons per semester. This number is a guideline - it is up to you and your teacher to fit in 10 lessons. Even if you cannot, we would like to note that the lessons are still worth your money. (Professional teachers can charge $40/lesson - and that price is on the rather low side!)

How to Sign Up

  1. Complete the online application at the link below:
    Student Lessons Request FormExternal link -
    • You will be asked for your CPS skill level. You can find a general guideline here.
    • To request a particular teacher (e.g. if you are reapplying for lessons), please indicate your preference when asked "Any special requests or comments?"
  2. Make your payment (cash or personal check to "Cornell Piano Society").
    IMPORTANT: We cannot pair you with a teacher until we receive your full payment.
    You can submit your payment in one of four ways:
    • Bring it to our next general meeting (most Saturdays at 2:00 pm in B20 Lincoln Hall).
    • Mail it to:
      Cornell Piano Society
      WSH Mailbox 86
      Ithaca, NY 14853
      (free through campus mail)
    • Set up a personal meeting with one of our Lessons Coordinators (see our contact information).
    • Pay by credit/debit card via Paypal - it will be available through the online form
  3. We will match you with a teacher and contact you by email. Then you will be able to set your own schedule with your teacher at a time and place that works for both of you.