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Summer Piano Camps and Lessons

Camps are open to students of any teacher or program in Columbia. Current students of the Center for Piano Studies are encouraged to participate in one camp and enroll in at least six private lessons. 

Beginning Piano Camp

Monday–Friday, 9:30-11:00 a.m., July 10–14 and 17–21
Recital: Saturday, July 22 at 10:00 a.m.

This two-week course is open to beginners, from age 5 to 8, who have had one year or less of piano study. The camp runs weekdays (Monday to Friday) from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in our state-of-the-art group piano lab. Students learn to play several beginning piano pieces and the basics of music reading, rhythm and keyboard theory. This fun, interactive class includes listening activities, theory games, improvisation, group work and guided practice time. A recital in the School of Music Recital Hall concludes the camp. All materials are included in the camp tuition. A piano (for practice at home) is not required, as all practice occurs during the class time. In addition for beginners with some experience, this camp is ideal for children who would like to try piano for the first time!

Tuition: $320
Registration Deadline: June 30


Intermediate Piano Camp

Monday–Saturday, June 26–July 1, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

This one-week course is open to intermediate piano students, ages 8 to 14, who have taken piano for at least 2 years. The camp runs daily from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and is taught in our group piano lab, classrooms and piano practice rooms. Daily time is divided among several piano-focused activities including ensembles, improvisation, theory games, listening activities and guided practice. A recital for friends and family in the School of Music Recital Hall concludes the camp. All materials are included in the camp tuition. Students from any teacher or program are welcome!

Tuition: $375
Registration Deadline: June 16


Private Lesson Packages

45-minute or 1-hour private lessons in packages of 6 lessons
Add-on packages of 3 lessons can lengthen the term
May 7–August 5

These 6-lesson packages are for all ages and levels, children and adults. Course content is flexible and is designed around the current goals and interests of the student. Lessons can be spread throughout the months of May, June and July and need not occur every week. Lessons dates and times are finalized with the teacher before the first lesson to ensure all lessons will be received before the end of the term on August 5. Students may add packages of 3 or 6 lessons in order to lengthen the summer term to 9 or 12 lessons.

For current students: if your teacher is unavailable in the summer months, a substitute will be assigned. 

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano (preferred) or 88-key digital piano
Practice requirement: a minimum of 30-minutes a day, 4 days a week
Lessons are scheduled with the private teacher.


6 Lessons, 45-minutes, $245
6 Lessons, 60-minutes, $325

Add 3 Lessons, 45-minutes, $110
Add 3 Lessons, 60-minutes, $145

Registration in private-lesson packages is open until June 16.