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2012-2013 Cultural Arts Calendar


USC String Project – 3rd grade through high school.

The String Project offers large group beginning classes, small group second-year classes, three orchestras, and private lessons in violin, viola, cello and bass. All private lessons are taught by undergraduate string education majors. Affordable fees are an important aspect of the program, making it available to children who might not otherwise have access.

The program is designed to improve the teaching of string instruments in both classroom and private studio settings. The USC String Project is a recipient of the Verner Award for Excellence in Arts Education.

E-mail: or call 803-777-9568.

USC Community Music Program – children through adults

The Community Music Program provides private lessons by experienced teachers in: flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba, percussion, classical guitar, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano and voice. Twelve private lessons are scheduled weekly, either after school or on weekends. Tuition is semester based: 12-half-hour lessons-$260; 12-one-hour lessons-$460; Family discount available. 

For an application or more info: 803-777- 4281 or

USC Children’s Music Development Center

Music Play – birth through age 5 years

Music Play classes at the University of South Carolina’s Children’s Music Development Center are part of an innovative program designed to develop the music potential of young children. Current research performed by Wendy Valerio, her colleagues, and her graduate assistants, indicates that music is best learned if informal music guidance is begun as early in life as possible. Each child’s readiness for achievement in later formal music instruction is enhanced under the guidance of the CMDC faculty. Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver during each class. $100 for 10 classes.

Contact: 803-777-4065, email at or visit

Congaree New Horizons Band

Adults ages 50 and older learn to play and perform a band instrument in a group setting. No musical experience is required to participate. Rehearsals are held each Monday evening at the USC String Project Building, at 851 Park St., Columbia. Rehearsal times are 5:30-7 p.m. for beginners and concert bands; jazz band meets from 7-8 p.m. Each practice session includes full group rehearsals and small group and individual instruction. The band performs two to four concerts per semester at locations in the Columbia area.

 A new member enrollment meeting is Monday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. Rehearsals begin Sept. 10. Fees are $150/semester for beginning players, $100/semester for experienced players, with participation in the jazz band an additional $40/semester. Fees do not include instrument rental or purchase but do include music and materials used in classes. USC’s Congaree New Horizons Band is affiliated with New Horizons International Music Association, an organization that encourages seniors to learn and make music with friends. For more information about USC’s Congaree New Horizons Band, visit or contact Jeremy Lane at 803- 777-1501,

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