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Summer Piano Camps and Lessons

Due to health concerns raised by the spread of COVID-19, private lessons will continue online throughout the summer for new and returning students. Group camps are cancelled for this summer.

Current students of the Center for Piano Studies are encouraged to participate in one camp and enroll in at least six private lessons. Camps are open to students of any teacher or program in Columbia. 

End-of-Year May Private Lessons

For students enrolled in lessons for Spring 2020
Three additional 45-minute or 1-hour private lessons*
May 10–June 1

These 3-lesson packages are for current students, and this extended study is recommended for those preparing for Royal Conservatory Exams (May 31-June 1). 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.

*Lessons held online due to COVID-19 until further notice.


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
May 10–August 8

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 throughout the months of May, June and July 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 on August 8. Students may add packages of 3 or 6 lessons in order to lengthen the summer term to 9 or 12 lessons.

For current students: 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.


6 Lessons, 45-minutes, $245**
6 Lessons, 60-minutes, $325**
6 Lessons, 30-minutes, for current beginners in Experiencing Music or Time to Begin classes, $160

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

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

Registration for private-lesson packages is open until June 26.

*Lessons held online due to COVID-19 until further notice.

Summer Lesson Contract



Piano Camp for Beginner and Elementary Pianists*

Monday–Friday, 9:30–11:00 a.m.
Recital: Friday Week 2, 10:00 a.m.

This two-week course is open to elementary pianists, from age 5 to 8, who have had two years or less of piano study. The camp runs weekdays (Monday to Friday) from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in 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 recital in the School of Music Recital Hall concludes the camp. All materials are included in the camp tuition. This camp is ideal for children who would like to try piano for the first time or for beginners to continue their first year of study. This course is ideal for students in a primer or level 1 method book. For first-time beginners, a piano (for practice at home) is not required, as all practice can occur during the class time. 

Tuition: $320**
Discount for current students: $50 (Total $270)
UofSC discount: $20 (Total $300)
Registration Deadline: June 30

*Rescheduled due to COVID-19. Check back in Summer 2021!
**Only one discount per enrollment.




Camp Creativity for Young Pianists*

Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Recital: Friday, 1:30 p.m.

This one-week course is open to piano students, ages 7 to 14, who have taken piano for at least 2 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 2 or above). 

Tuition: $300**
Discount for current students: $50 (Total $250)
UofSC discount: $20 (Total $280)
Registration Deadline: June 15

*Rescheduled due to COVID-19. Check back in Summer 2021!
**Only one discount per enrollment.



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