Spring 2017 registration is now open.
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.
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.
12 30-minute lessons: $330/$315*
12 45-minute lessons: $450/$435*
12 60-minute lessons: $585/$570*
6 half hour lessons: $165/$150*
6 45-minute lessons: $245/$230*
6 60-minute lessons: $325/$310*
*family/senior citizen/USC faculty and staff discount
Music Theory Class
Mondays, January 9–April 24 (No class Jan. 16, March 6 and April 10)
Friday classes: January 13–April 28 (No class March 10 or April 14)
Registration deadline: January 6, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Music Theory for String Project Students Only: Fridays 5:30–6:15 p.m.
Preparatory Theory: $75 per semester or $50 if registered for lessons (no other discounts apply)
Theory I, II or III: $100 per semester or $75 if registered for lessons (no other discounts apply)
Fees and financial aid
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.