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Piano for Adults

Beginning Piano I and II

Weekly group class, 12-week semester, one hour per week*
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (I), Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m. (II)

This intensive two-semester course meets in the state-of-the-art 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.

*The Center for Piano Studies will resume customary operations in Fall 2021, with classes and lessons occurring in-person at the School of Music. The CPS will follow University procedures and decisions regarding cancellations and closures, and will continue required safety measures (COVID-19 related). To request continuation of online lessons, please write to the director, Dr. Sara Ernst. See policies for more details.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano (preferred) or 88-key digital piano
Practice requirement: a minimum of 30-minutes a day, 4 days a week

Cost: $240 per semester. See Policies & Tuition and Calendar for further details. Register online.

Please contact piano@mozart.sc.edu if you would like information on this course or alternative options for Beginning Piano I.


Adult Musician Piano Study – 45-minute lessons*

Weekly private lessons, 14-week semester, master class and recital**

This program is designed to meet the unique needs and desires of adult students with an intermediate skill level.**  All students participate in either one master class or one recital per semester. Lessons are taught on an acoustic grand piano.

The course content is flexible! Lessons are designed to meet the unique needs and desires of each adult. The course of study can include standard intermediate piano literature, technique, and theory, and/or the study of creative activities and popular music (such as playing by ear and composing).

*If an adult with no prior training cannot take Beginning Piano I & II, the student may enroll in this program.

**The Center for Piano Studies will resume customary operations in Fall 2021, with classes and lessons occurring in-person at the School of Music. The CPS will follow University procedures and decisions regarding cancellations and closures, and will continue required safety measures (COVID-19 related). To request continuation of online lessons, please write to the director, Dr. Sara Ernst. See policies for more details.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano
Practice requirement: 30 minutes a day, 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.

Cost: $489 per semester. See Policies & Tuition and Calendar for further details. Register online.


Adult Artist Piano Study – 60-minute lessons

Weekly private lessons, 14-week semester, master class and recital*

This program is designed to meet the unique needs and desires of adult students with an advancing skill level or for adults who desire an intensive course of study. Students participate in one master class and one recital per semester, and CMTA Achievement Day, and are encouraged to participate in the Music Development Program. Lessons are taught on an acoustic grand piano.

Course content includes the traditional study of standard piano literature, technique and keyboard theory.

*The Center for Piano Studies will resume customary operations in Fall 2021, with classes and lessons occurring in-person at the School of Music. The CPS will follow University procedures and decisions regarding cancellations and closures, and will continue required safety measures (COVID-19 related). To request continuation of online lessons, please write to the director, Dr. Sara Ernst. See policies for more details.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano
Practice requirement: 45-60 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week
Adult students are encouraged to take at least 6 summer lessons. Those who take summer study are given preference in Fall registration.

Cost: $669 per semester. See Policies & Tuition and Calendar for further details. Register online.


Piano Lessons for Busy Adults*

Lesson Packages for Flexible Scheduling, 45- or 60- minute lessons**

This program is ideal for adults who desire periodic input and guidance from a teacher while continuing independent study at the piano. The scheduling is flexible, allowing the student to schedule biweekly or monthly lessons. Private lessons are purchased in packages of three lessons (45 or 60 minutes).  

Course content includes the traditional study of standard piano literature, technique and keyboard theory.

*Please contact Dr. Sara Ernst for approval to enroll in this option.

**The Center for Piano Studies will resume customary operations in Fall 2021, with classes and lessons occurring in-person at the School of Music. The CPS will follow University procedures and decisions regarding cancellations and closures, and will continue required safety measures (COVID-19 related). To request continuation of online lessons, please write to the director, Dr. Sara Ernst. See policies for more details.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano

Cost: $130 - 3 Lessons, 45-minutes each  
Cost: $165 - 3 Lessons, 60-minutes each
See Policies & Tuition and Calendar for general information, and Policies specific to this program. Register online.


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