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Piano for Adults

Beginning Piano I and II

Weekly group class, 12-week semester, one hour per week
This intensive two-semester course meets in the newly renovated Group Piano Lab and provides a comprehensive introduction to piano playing. Students learn piano technique, staff reading, rhythmic reading, scales and chords and solos. The course also includes creative activities like playing from lead sheets and improvisation.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano (preferred) or 88-key digital piano
Practice requirement: a minimum of 30-minutes a day, 4 days a week

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Please contact piano@mozart.sc.edu if you would like information on this course or alternative options for Beginning Piano I.


Recreational Music Making I and II

Weekly group class, 6-week units, one hour per week
If you've ever thought about learning to play the piano, this fun course is for you. The one-semester course provides an experience-based introduction into elementary playing techniques and meets in the newly renovated Group Piano Lab.

Students learn basic piano playing techniques through class activities and explore music together as a class. The course content includes learning key names, basic chords and rhythms, playing songs and improvising.

Practice requirement: none

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Adult Musician Piano Study – 45-minute lessons

Weekly private lessons, 14-week semester, master class and recital
This program is designed to meet the unique needs and desires of adult students with an intermediate skill level.*  All students participate in either one master class or one recital per semester. Lessons are taught on an acoustic grand piano.

The course content is flexible! Lessons are designed to meet the unique needs and desires of each adult. The course of study can include standard intermediate piano literature, technique, and theory, and/or the study of creative activities and popular music (such as playing by ear and composing).

*If an adult with no prior training cannot take Beginning Piano I & II, the student may enroll in this program.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano
Practice requirement: 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week
Students are encouraged to take at least 6 summer lessons. Those who take summer study are given preference in Fall registration.

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Adult Artist Piano Study – 60-minute lessons

Weekly private lessons, 14-week semester, master class and recital

This program is designed to meet the unique needs and desires of adult students with an advancing skill level or for adults who desire an intensive course of study. Students participate in one master class and one recital per semester, and CMTA Achievement Day, and are encouraged to participate in the Music Development Program. Lessons are taught on an acoustic grand piano.

Course content includes the traditional study of standard piano literature, technique and keyboard theory.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano
Practice requirement: 45-60 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week
Adult students are encouraged to take at least 6 summer lessons. Those who take summer study are given preference in Fall registration.

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Piano Lessons for Busy Adults*

Lesson Packages for Flexible Scheduling, 45- or 60- minute lessons

This program is ideal for adults who desire periodic input and guidance from a teacher while continuing independent study at the piano. The scheduling is flexible, allowing the student to schedule biweekly or monthly lessons. Private lessons are purchased in packages of three lessons (45 or 60 minutes).  

Course content includes the traditional study of standard piano literature, technique and keyboard theory.

Additional Policies: All lesson dates are determined at the time of scheduling. Lessons must be either 45 or 60 minutes (as purchased). All lessons must be completed within the semester they are purchased. Missed lessons cannot be rescheduled and will not be refunded. A $5 discount per package is available for USC faculty/staff, senior citizens, or family enrollments.

*Please contact Dr. Sara Ernst for approval to enroll in this option.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano

Cost: $130 - 3 Lessons, 45-minutes each  
Cost: $165 - 3 Lessons, 60-minutes each

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Lessons are scheduled with the private teacher.