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Community Music School cello student

Private lessons at Carolina Music Studios

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.

Summer 2016 Lessons

10-week session: Registration deadline: May 9 or until spaces are filled.
6-week session: Registration deadline: June 13 or until spaces are filled.
Classes: Registration deadline: May 9 or until spaces are filled.

Download the registration form for summer lessons.

New! Music Theory Class

Following the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, these classes introduce students to the basic elements and notional conventions of music. These building blocks of musical grammar provide the foundation for further explorations in harmony, history, counterpoint, and analysis.
Theory Class I: 4:30–5:15 p.m. on Fridays
This course begins with Preparatory Rudiments and progresses toward Basic Rudiments. Recommended for beginning music students.
Theory Class II: 5:30–6:15 p.m. on Fridays
This course begins with Basic Rudiments and progresses toward Intermediate Rudiments. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Theory Class I or the recommendation of an applied teacher. 

Dates: Fall dates TBA
Location: School of Music, room 232

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available in brass, strings, woodwinds, guitar, percussion and voice. Our private lesson program offers 10 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.


10 half hour lessons: $275/$260*
10 45-minute lessons: $375/$360*
10 60-minute lessons: $485/$470*
6 half hour lessons: $165/$150*
6 45-minute lessons: $245/$230*
6 60-minute lessons: $325/$310*
KinderFlute (10 weeks): $350/$335* minimum enrollment required
Beginner Guitar Class (6 weeks): $105 plus $5 material fee minimum enrollment required

*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 or call 803-777-5381.