Participant FAQs

Attending the Piano Institute?

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.

In the meantime, these FAQs should help answer your questions.


Accepted to the Piano Institute? If you plan to attend, forms are required to be submitted by June 1st. 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, and whether or not you've submit them, will be available once you login and click on the DOCUMENTS link. 


When is Check-in and Check-out?

Check-in: SATURDAY NOON - 1:45 PM EST 

Check-in for all participants will be at Bogart Residence Hall, Parking Lot D.  The address is 334 Grant Egbert Blvd. Signs will be posted directing families to Bogart Hall. 

The campus is still closed to everyone except summer camp participants.

Check-out: Saturday 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. Same location.  Bogart Hall.

On the final Saturday, students will pick up their lunch and arrive at Bogart around 12:15 p.m.  Faculty and students will meet parents and family there.  We hope to provide some light snacks and beverages for the family.

What types of classes and activities are available?

* 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.
* Games and outdoor activities!
* Daily piano ensemble and sight reading.
* Supervised practice is provided. Optional additional practice time is available.

What is the daily schedule for the piano institute?

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.

Will my performances be recorded?

Professional digital audio recordings will be available of the final showcase recitals.

Will there be other activities?

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


Where will I be staying during the program?

Participants live in a residence hall dorm room.  This year the residence hall is Bogart and all rooms are singles. The residence hall is supervised by male and female advisers who live in the residence hall with the students. You will receive your dorm room assignment at check-in.

Who is in charge?

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 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.

What should I bring?

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.

The College provides sheets, a blanket and a small towel. You may want to bring an extra towel and your own pillow or favorite blanket. You may also want to bring coat hangers, a reading lamp, a telephone, and a fan as dorms are not air conditioned. The College also offers a variety of recreational facilities, including tennis courts, hiking trails, a track, and two gyms. The Fitness Center is closed. 

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 son or daughter, 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.

Dress will be informal. Bring one formal outfit for your performance. Be prepared for warm (occasionally hot) days. Nights are usually cooler and a sweater or light jacket may be needed. If you plan on participating in sports, bring your tennis racket and balls, frisbee, baseball, softball glove, or whatever you most like to do.

Will I need to bring additional money?

Pocket money will provide 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.

What if I have medications?

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.

Will I be able to receive mail/packages while at IC?

Yes, your mail will need to be addressed as follows:

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


The Ithaca Bus Terminal is located at 710 W. State Street and N. Fulton Street and is less than 10 minutes from Ithaca College. The Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is located on Brown Road and Warren Road. Below is contact information for the transportation you may plan to use.

• Greyhound Bus Lines (800-229-9424)
• Shortline Bus (800-631-8405)
• New York Trailways (800-225-6815)
• Swarthout Coaches (800-772-7267), (607-257-2660)
• Cornell University- express bus service from campus to campus (607-255-4628)
• Amtrak’s Syracuse Station (800-872-7245)
• Ithaca Airline Limousine (607-273-3030) will also pick up from Amtrak in Syracuse and the airport.
• Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport is 15 minutes from Ithaca College and serviced by DELTA, UNITED, and US Airways.

• Local Taxi service is operated by Ithaca Dispatch (888-321-1149)

Where can my family stay while in Ithaca?

Families who wish to accompany participants to Ithaca are encouraged to stay at the Country Inn & Suites, right up the road from Ithaca College. 

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.

How do I find out about Ithaca College and the town of Ithaca?

To find out about Ithaca College and the surrounding area please peruse the following informative websites:

 About Ithaca College: 

Ithaca Guide:  https://www.ithaca.edu/ithacaguide

The Ithaca Guide is the Ithaca College information guide to Ithaca, NY.  Get information on anything from apartments, banks, transportation, and where to eat!

Ithaca College Campus Tour:

Campus Map:  https://www.ithaca.edu/map/