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Summer Piano Camps and Lessons

Enroll today to keep your summer filled with music-making at the piano! Camps are open to students from any studio or program in the Columbia area. Current students of CPS are encouraged to participate.

The programs offered for Summer 2024 are:

See our Summer Policies for all programs.

End-of-Year May Private Lessons

For students enrolled in lessons for Spring 2024
Three additional 45-minute or 1-hour private lessons*

These 3-lesson packages are for current students, and this extended study is recommended for those preparing for Royal Conservatory Exams. These lessons must be completed by June 1 and cannot be transferred to future terms. If your primary teacher is not available, a substitute teacher will be assigned.

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

**UofSC faculty/staff or multi-student discount is $10 for 3-lesson packages.
**For current UofSC students, discounts are $25 and $40 for 3-lesson packages.


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

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 from early May through the first week of August 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. Students may add packages of 3 or 6 lessons in order to lengthen the summer term to 9 or 12 lessons. 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.

Registration must begin with a 6-lesson package. Additional 3-lesson packages can be purchased initially with the 6-lesson package, or at a later date. 

Tuition for 6-lesson packages, available until Monday, June 24:

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

**USC faculty/staff or multi-student discount is $10 for 6-lesson packages.
**For current USC students, discounts are $40 and $60 for 6-lesson packages.

Tuition for additional 3-lesson packages, available until Monday, July 8:

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


Piano Camp for Beginner and Elementary Pianists

June 24–28, 2024
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Camp Showcase: Friday, 2:00 p.m.

This one-week day camp is open to elementary pianists, from age 5 to 8, who have had three years or less of piano study. The camp runs weekdays (Monday to Friday) from 9:00 am. to 3:00 p.m. in the School of Music, using classrooms and our state-of-the-art group piano lab. Students learn to play several  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 camp showcase concludes the camp, in which the young pianists demonstrate their new skills and knowledge.  All materials are included in the camp tuition.

Students from any teacher or program are welcome! This camp is ideal for children who would like to try piano for the first time and for elementary learners to continue their study over the summer. This course is ideal for students in a primer, level 1, or level 2A/2B method book. For first-time beginners, a piano (for practice at home) is not required, as all practice can occur during the class time. Enrollment is capped at 12 students. Students will need to bring a box-lunch and a morning snack.

Tuition: $320**
Discount for current CPS students: $50 (Total $270)
USC discount: $20 (Total $300)
Registration Deadline: June 10, 2024

**Only one discount per enrollment.




Camp Creativity for Young Pianists

July 8-12, 2024
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Recital: Friday, July 12 at 2:00 p.m.

This one-week day camp is open to piano students, ages 9 to 14, who have taken piano for at least three years. The camp runs daily from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and is taught in our group piano lab, classrooms, and piano practice rooms. Camp Creativity will expand each student's creative use of piano skills, with a focus on improvisation, composition, reading lead sheets, creating accompaniments, and creative performance. Daily time is divided among large group experiences, small group activities, practice time, and private lesson time. 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! Students must be secure with basic note reading on the staff to be eligible (method book level 3 or above). Enrollment is capped at 18 students. Students will need to bring a box-lunch and snacks.

Tuition: $320**
Discount for current students: $50 (Total $270)
USC discount: $20 (Total $300)

**Only one discount per enrollment.



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