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Private lessons at Carolina Music Studios

We provide you with the highest quality teaching and learning experiences – our teachers are current USC students, graduates and professionals from the community. USC faculty members serve as mentors and supervisors and may participate through master classes and other activities.

Fall 2017 registration is now open.

Fall registration dealines:
12-week lessons: September 8, 2017
6 week lessons: October 13, 2017


Private Lessons

Private lessons are available in brass, guitar, percussion, strings,  voice and woodwinds. Our private lesson program offers 12 or 6 lessons per semester following the USC academic calendar.

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.

Cost

Twelve 30-minute lessons: $330/$315*
Twelve 45-minute lessons: $450/$435*
Twelve 60-minute lessons: $585/$570*
Six 30-minute lessons: $165/$150*
Six 45-minute lessons: $245/$230*
Six 60-minute lessons: $325/$310*

*family/senior citizen/USC faculty and staff discount

Tuition for those enrolling in 12 private lessons may be paid in three installments. Payments must be paid by the following dates:

  1. Prior to the first lesson or class
  2. October 1 or before the 5th lesson
  3. November 1 or before the 9th lesson

Progress reports

Community Music School parents and students receive end-of-semester reports detailing progress and recommendations from their teachers.

Recitals (fall and spring only)

At the end of each semester students have the opportunity to prepare for and perform at recitals as a celebration of their accomplishments during the year. Students perform at the discretion of their teacher.

Music Theory Class (fall and spring only)

Fall Dates:
Classes begin September 8, 2017
Registration deadline: September 1, 2017

Following the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program, these classes introduce students to the basic elements and notional conventions of music. These building blocks of musical grammar provide the foundation for further explorations in harmony, history, counterpoint and analysis.

Preparatory Theory: Mondays 6:00-6:30 p.m. in Room 215
Begins September 11, 2017

The curriculum covers note recognition on the staff up to two ledger lines, basic time signatures, identifying C, G and F Major scales, interval recognition and identifying triads.
Recommended for students who have had little to no prior formal music theory experience.

Theory I: Fridays 4:30–5:15 p.m. in Room 215
This class reviews the Preparatory Rudiments and begins to explore the Basic Rudiments including note recognition using accidentals, enharmonic tones, more complex time signatures such as 3/8 and 6/8, interval recognition and dictation, triad identification and dictation, exploration of key signatures up to 4 sharps and 4 flats, and some musical analysis.
Recommended for students (approx. 7-10 years old) with one year of theory experience.

Theory II: Fridays 4:30–5:15 p.m. or 5:30–6:15 p.m. in Room 232
This class continues with the Preparatory Rudiments and begins to explore the Basic Rudiments including note recognition using accidentals, enharmonic tones, more complex time signatures such as 3/8 and 6/8, interval recognition and dictation, triad identification and dictation, exploration of key signatures up to 4 sharps and 4 flats, and some musical analysis, musical terms and symbols.
Recommended for students (approx. 9-12 years old) with one year of theory experience.

Theory III: Fridays 5:30–6:15 p.m. in Room 215
This class reviews the Basic Rudiments and moves into Intermediate Rudiments such as double sharps/double flats, complex rhythm patterns including the use of 16th and 32nd notes, the exploration of other scales such as blues, pentatonic and octatonic, writing and identifying triads using inversions, identifying key signatures with more than four sharps and four flats, exploring cadences, and increasing music vocabulary.
Recommended for students (approx. 10-14 years old) with at least two years of theory experience.

Cost

Preparatory Theory: $25 per semester (no other discounts apply)
Theory I, II or III: $35 per semester (no other discounts apply)


NEW: Flute Junior Division and All-State Band Preparation

This program is designed for students in grades 6–8 and includes one private, 45-minute weekly lesson, and one 45-minute group class.

A metal student flute (curved or straight head joint according to student size) is recommended or a NUVO student flute. Specific recommendations are made on a student-to-student basis after the introductory class. Students are encouraged to audition for the SC Philharmonic Repertory Orchestra. Private lessons address specific flute technique and repertoire. Group classes include All-State Band preparation, Dalcroze Eurhythmics and Chamber music.

Classes meet Wednesdays 6:00-6:45 p.m. in Room 107
September 6–November 29 (No class Nov. 22)

Cost

$540 per semester/$525*
*family/senior citizen/USC faculty and staff discount

Tuition may be paid in three installments. Payments must be paid by the following dates:

  1. Prior to the first lesson or class
  2. October 1 or before the 5th lesson
  3. November 1 or before the 9th lesson

Fees and financial aid (fall and spring only)

Tuition is due before lessons can begin. For those enrolling in 12 private lessons or KinderFlute, tuition may be paid in three installments. Discounts are offered for families with more than one member enrolled in lessons and classes through CMS; senior citizens; and USC faculty and staff. ($60 maximum discount per family for all CMS programs.)

A limited amount of financial aid is available. Awards will be made as soon as possible after applications are submitted and until funds are depleted. Submit the financial aid form with your application for consideration.

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For more information, email cms@mozart.sc.edu or call 803-777-5381.