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Piano programs for children

Experiencing Music at the Piano

For kindergarteners
26 weekly 50-minute group classes, private mini-lessons, and 2 recitals
This two-semester course combines learning music fundamentals and beginning piano playing techniques in a dynamic group setting. Private mini-lessons are included during the class throughout the year.

Designed for five-year-olds, the curriculum provides engaging music that can be played by small hands and fingers and includes learning through exploration and activity. Students perform in a mini-recital at the end of class I and are invited to perform in a formal recital at the end of class II.

To be eligible for the course, students must be enrolled in kindergarten and be able to read letters (not words) and numbers.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano (preferred) or 88-key digital piano
Practice requirement: 15-20 minutes a day, five days a week

Class Schedule*  
Cost
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*If you are unavailable at the given class time, email piano@mozart.sc.edu to be placed on a list for an alternative section. It is also possible for five-year-olds to take private lessons in the Young Musician or Young Artist program described below.


Time to Begin

1st year of study for first and second graders

Music Tree

2nd year of study for first through third graders
26 weekly 50-minute group classes, 26 weekly 30-minute private lessons, and 2 recitals
This two-semester group class for elementary school students uses a group plus private model of instruction. Students learn all new concepts, music and material in the group class and receive a private lesson to reinforce and provide individualized attention.

Students in both Time to Begin and Music Tree perform in the semester recitals. Students in Music Tree are also participate in CMTA Achievement Day.

To be eligible for Time to Begin, students must be enrolled in first or second grade and must be able to read simple words and write basic numbers and letters. Students with prior study may transfer into the program, pending an interview to ensure correct placement.

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

Class Schedule*
Cost
Policies
Register online 

*If you are unavailable at the given class time, email piano@mozart.sc.edu to be placed on a list for an alternative section. It is also possible for 1st through 3rd graders to take private lessons in the Young Musician or Young Artist program described below.


Young Musician Piano Study

29 weekly 45- or 60-minute private lessons
2 repertoire classes, 2 recitals, 2 festivals
In this program of study, students learn reading, repertoire and musicianship throughout the academic year. A wide variety of repertoire can be learned, from popular to Classical music, uniquely designed to suite the needs and desires of the student. Students participate in two pre-recital repertoire classes, two semester recitals, and CMTA Achievement Day (March).

Students with prior study may transfer into the program, pending an interview to ensure correct placement. Once there has been significant advancement in study (often by 7th grade), teachers will recommend lengthening lessons from 45 to 60 minutes.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano
Practice requirement: 30 or 45 minutes a day, 4-5 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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Lessons are scheduled with the private teacher


Young Artist Piano Study

29 weekly 45- or 60-minute private lessons
6 repertoire classes, recitals, festivals & auditions, theory classes, other opportunities
Students are encouraged to enroll in our most comprehensive program of study for pre-college students. Students learn reading, repertoire, technique, theory, ensemble and creative skills, and are engaged in regular and frequent performance throughout the academic year. Students participate in three repertoire classes and one recital per semester, SCMTA state auditions (March), and the Music Development Program (May). The private teacher may encourage additional performances and auditions.

Theory classes (recommended but optional) are included through the Carolina Music Studios and support the Music Development Curriculum. Students also have the potential to participate in chamber music opportunities with other instrumentalists.

Once there has been significant advancement in study (often by 5th grade), teachers will recommend lengthening lessons from 45 to 60 minutes.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano
Practice requirement: 45-60 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week
A minimum of 6 lessons must be taken throughout the summer.

Calendar
Theory Classes
Cost
Policies
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Private lessons are scheduled with the teacher.


 

Fall Festival for Young Pianists
Shoot for the Stars: Creating Music Together

Free for children, ages 5 to 12. Beginners to advanced players are welcome.

Sat., Oct. 29, 2016
9:30 a.m. – noon
USC School of Music
Registration begins in the lobby at 9:15 a.m.
RSVP and register here
to reserve your space! Drop-ins are welcome, although space is limited. 

Pianists, age 5-12, participate in a variety of fun-filled musical activities, focused on the act of creating and making music in groups. All levels welcome, beginning to advancing players.

Young musicians visit four classrooms around the School of Music for 30-minutes each. Each room focuses on a different skill: rhythm, singing, playing and performance. Students are supervised by piano instructors at all times, and a morning snack are provided.

The festival concludes at 11:30 a.m. with a free concert, perfect for the whole family!

Programmed by the Center for Piano Studies and the USC MTNA Collegiate Chapter.

Download the Shoot for the Stars poster.