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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.

Summer Term: May 14-August 3

30, 45 and 60-minute lessons in minimum packages of 6 lessons.
These 6-lesson packages are for all ages and levels, children and adults. 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 10. Students may add packages of 3 lessons in order to lengthen the summer term to 9 lessons, pending teacher availability.

For current students: if your teacher is unavailable in the summer months, a substitute will be assigned. You will return to your teacher when lessons resume in the fall.  


6 half hour lessons: $165/$150*
6 45-minute lessons: $245/$230*
6 60-minute lessons: $325/$310*

3 half hour lessons: $85
3 45-minute lessons: $125
3 hour lessons: $165
         *No discounts are applied to the 3-lesson packages.


6 lesson priority registration deadline: June 1
6 lesson final registration deadline: June 15 (pending teacher availability)
3 lesson add on only registration deadline: July 6

Summer Guitar Camp at USC

Whether you are looking to play guitar from scratch or enhance your existing skills, this new guitar camp at USC has you covered! Through fun activities and games we will explore the basics of music reading, strumming, picking, and finger-picking techniques in both solo and group settings. The last day of camp will feature a “Guitar Show” starring all participants demonstrating how much they learned. 

Recommended age: 8 and up  

2018 Dates

June 25-29
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.



*Minimum enrollment required

For more information, contact Summer Guitar Camp director Alma Sehic Van Duys at


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.


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. March 1 or before the 5th lesson or class
  3. April 1 or before the 9th lesson or class

Progress reports

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


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.
Spring Recital - April 28, 2:00 p.m.

NEW! Dual Guitar Lessons for Kids

Research shows that small group cooperative learning environments foster enhanced learning and development in creativity and skill. In this lesson structure, two friends or siblings receive both individualized attention and cooperative lessons to enhance development and promote greater engagement and passion for guitar playing. Taught by Dr. Alma Van Duys.
$295/$280* per person for 60 minutes of combined instruction
*family/senior/USC discount

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 are made as soon as possible after applications are submitted and until funds are depleted. Submit the financial aid form with your application for consideration.

Community Music School Policies

For more information, email or call 803-777-5381.