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Center for Piano Studies

Piano programs are designed for children from age five to adults of all ages. Beginner to advanced-level students can learn in a combination of private lessons and group classes.

Piano for Children

Experiencing Music at the Piano

For kindergarteners

26 weekly 50-minute group classes, private mini-lessons, 
and two recitals
Tuition- $260 per semester

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 5-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, 5 days a week

Time to Begin

1st year of study for first and second graders

Music Tree

2nd year of study for second and third graders

26 weekly 50-minute group classes, 26 weekly 30-minute private lessons, 
and two recitals
Tuition- $546 per semester

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 are required to participate in the semester recital. Students in Music Tree are also required to 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, 5 days a week


Piano for Adults

Beginning Piano I and II

Weekly group class, 12-week semester, one hour per week
Tuition- $240 per semester

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

Recreational Music Making I and II

Weekly group class, 6-week units, one hour per week
Tuition- $90 per six-week session

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


NEW: Summer Lessons

We now offer 12-week, 8-week and flexible 6-week summer session options for private lessons. Register early as sessions may fill quickly. Priority registration deadline is May 5, 2014.

The 6-week option is designed for those who would like to spread lessons out over the summer or want to get a sampling of lessons to determine if they would like to continue studying in the future. You may also wish to begin lessons later in the summer.

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.

Summer 2014 session dates

Priority registration deadline for all sessions is summer is May 5.
12-week session

May 12–July 31
Registration deadline: May 5 or until spaces are filled.

8-week session
June 9–July 31
Registration deadline: June 2 or until spaces are filled.

6-week session
Choose your dates between May 12–July 31
Registration deadline: June 16 or until spaces are filled.

Enroll for summer online and pay by credit card or download the enrollment application form.

Cost

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

Community Music School Policies

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