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Community Music School cello student

Instrumental and Vocal Private Lessons

We provide you with the highest quality teaching and learning experiences – our teachers are current USC students, graduates and professionals from the community. USC faculty members serve as mentors and supervisors and may participate through master classes and other activities.

Spring registration is now open

Register and pay by credit card online or download the enrollment application form.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available in piano, brass, strings, woodwinds, guitar, percussion and voice. Our private lesson program offers 12 or 6 lessons per semester following the USC academic calendar.

Students may select half-hour, 45-minute or one-hour lessons. All lessons are offered at the USC School of Music building and lesson times are arranged on an individual basis.

When your registration application and fees have been received, your teacher will contact you to arrange a lesson time.

Progress reports

Community Music School parents and students receive end-of-semester reports detailing progress and recommendations from their teachers.


At the end of each semester students have the opportunity to prepare for and perform at recitals as a celebration of their accomplishments during the year. Students perform at the discretion of their teacher.


12 half-hour lessons: $325 / *$310
12 45-minute lessons: $450 / *$435
12 one-hour lessons: $580 / *$565
6 half-hour lessons: $165 / *$150
6 45-minute lessons: $245 / *$230
6 one-hour lessons: $325 / *$310

*cost with family/senior citizen/USC discount

Fees and financial aid

Tuition is due before lessons can begin. Discounts are offered for: families with more than one member enrolled in lessons and programs of study through CMS; senior citizens; and USC faculty and staff. ($60 maximum discount per family for all CMS programs.)

A limited amount of financial aid is available. Awards will be made as soon as possible after applications are submitted and until funds are depleted. Submit the financial aid form with your application for consideration.

Community Music School Policies

For more information, email Community Music School or call 803-777-5381.