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Summer Piano Camps and Lessons

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

End-of-year May Private Lessons
Piano Camp for Beginner and Elementary Pianists
Camp Creativity for Young Pianists
Summer Private Lessons

End-of-year May Private Lessons

For students enrolled in lessons for Spring 2018
Four additional 45-minute or 1-hour private lessons
May 6–June 2

These 4-lesson packages are for current students, and this extended study is recommended for those preparing for Royal Conservatory Exams (June 1-3). These lessons must be completed by June 2 and cannot be transferred to future terms. If your primary teacher is not available, a substitute teacher will be assigned.

4 Lessons, 45-minutes, $160*
4 Lessons, 60-minutes, $215*

*USC faculty/staff or multi-student discount is $10 for 4-lesson packages.
*For current USC students, discounts are $25 and $40 for 4-lesson packages.


Piano Camp for Beginner and Elementary Pianists

Monday–Friday, 9:30–11:00 a.m., July 9–13 and 16–21
Recital: Saturday, July 21 at 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)
USC discount: $20 (Total $300)
Registration Deadline: June 29

*Only one discount per enrollment.


Camp Creativity for Young Pianists

Monday–Friday, June 25–29, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Recital: Saturday, June 30, 11:00 a.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 12:00 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)
USC discount: $20 (Total $280)
Registration Deadline: June 15

*Only one discount per enrollment.


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 13–August 11
Repertoire Classes for Recital Preparation: July 28, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 p.m.
Recital: August 4, 1:00 p.m.

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 5. 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 K5 or Music Tree classes, $160*

*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.

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

Registration in private-lesson packages is open until June 22.

Summer Lesson Contract