Participant FAQs

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from participants.


We will begin notifying participants on or about April 30. A $250 enrollment deposit is due within 10 days of notification to reserve your spot. 

All participants who have verified their attendance in the Summer Piano Institute by June 1 will receive an email with detailed information about what to bring to the institute, where you will be living, forms that might still be needed, and where and when to arrive at Ithaca College.

If you plan to attend, please complete all required forms as soon as possible and no later than June 1. You can find the required forms by logging into CampMinder with the PARENT/GUARDIAN user ID and password you created when you first applied. A list of required forms, including notification of whether they have been completed and submitted, will be available once you login and click on the DOCUMENTS link. 

COVID-19 Policies

Yes. Ithaca College requires that summer participants provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 prior to the start of the program.

Given the evolving nature of the pandemic, it is too early to delineate all COVID-19 health and safety protocols that will be in place during our 2022 Piano Institute. We will update this section as the start date nears.

Please see the important FAQ above regarding the requirement to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination. Please allow ample time to complete the sequence, and the necessary additional two weeks for full immunity, prior to attending to 2022 session.  

The college COVID-19 health and safety guidelines are available here and are adapted regularly to be responsive to pandemic conditions.

Schedule and Activities

Please see our Housing page for more information on check-in and check-out.

  • Two group lessons with a faculty member and three private lessons.
  • Private piano lessons, theory class, master classes, elective classes, and final showcase recital.
  • Special evening events include a recital by IC piano majors and a faculty recital.
  • Daily piano ensemble and sight reading.
  • Supervised practice is provided. Optional additional practice time is available.
  • Games and outdoor activities!

On the first Saturday evening, each student will play a brief (5 min. maximum) audition. Plan to play a repertoire piece that is polished and memorized. The purpose of this audition is so that we can choose a few students to play in the master classes and discover your current repertoire.

Each day you will have at least two or three hours of required practice. Plan accordingly. Bring a few polished and memorized repertoire, but also bring repertoire that is not yet polished so you do not run out of things to practice. You will have three private lessons and one group lesson, so that is another reason to bring all of the music you are currently preparing or plan to work on in the coming year.

There will be three final showcase recitals at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning. Due to COVID restrictions on campus, no guests are allowed, but the recitals will be professional recorded and Live Streamed.

Yes. A professional digital audio recording of the final showcase recital is available.

Recreational and social activities will include on campus recreation and hiking.

Housing and What to Bring

Participants live in a residence hall room. The residence hall is supervised by male and female advisers who live in the residence hall with the students. You will receive your room assignment at check-in.

A staff of four resident advisers live on the residence hall floors throughout the duration of the program. This team of RAs is closely supervised by the faculty director.

The Office of Public Safety is open 24 hours and can be reached at 607-274-3333 for actual emergencies.

The Office of Extended Studies can be reached at 607-274-3143 during regular business hours, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or by email at pianoinstitute@ithaca.edu.

For your music activities, and in addition to your music, please bring a notebook, several pencils, a metronome, and a wired headset.  Each student will have the choice of using a personal locker in the School of Music if they choose.

Please see our Housing section for what is provided in the residential halls and additional recommendations on what you should bring.

Students are allowed to have cell phones, but rules for using them will be enforced. Students are not allowed to use cell phones during classes, performances, practice time or after 10 pm. If you must contact your child, the best time will probably be during the noon hour or dinner (5:30-6:30 pm) as those are about the only times students are consistently free.

You may want to bring pocket money for incidentals such as snacks, supplies, movies, and miscellaneous purchases at the Campus Store and general store. ATMs are available on campus. Unfortunately, personal checks cannot be cashed on campus.

All your medications (both over-the-counter and prescription) will be under lock and key and cared for by our head RA. Students are not allowed to even have aspirin in their possession. Be prepared to turn these over as soon as you arrive at the dorm. PRNs and rescue inhalers are the only medications that may remain in the student's possession.

Yes, however please keep in mind the short duration of the program and anticipated time it takes for mail to be delivered. Please address mail as follows:

(Student’s name)
953 Danby Rd
Summer Piano Institute
Ithaca NY 14850


Please see our Transportation and Travel page.

The closest hotel to Ithaca College is the Country Inn & Suites, which is right up the street from the campus: 

Country Inn & Suites Ithaca
1100 Danby Road (Route 96B)
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 256-1100

Several other hotels are available in and around Ithaca, NY.

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