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Community Music School cello student

Instrumental and Vocal Private Lessons

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.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available in piano, brass, strings, woodwinds, guitar, percussion and voice. Our private lesson program offers 12, 8 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.

NEW: summer lessons!

We now offer 12-week, 8-week and flexible 6-week summer session options for private lessons. Register early as sessions may fill quickly. Priority registration deadline is May 5, 2014.

The 6-week option is designed for those who would like to spread lessons out over the summer or want to get a sampling of lessons to determine if they would like to continue studying in the future. You may also wish to begin lessons later in the summer.

Summer 2014 session dates

Priority registration deadline for all sessions is summer is May 5.
12-week session

May 12–July 31
Registration deadline: May 5 or until spaces are filled.

8-week session
June 9–July 31
Registration deadline: June 2 or until spaces are filled.

6-week session
Choose your dates between May 12–July 31
Registration deadline: June 16 or until spaces are filled.

Enroll for summer online and pay by credit card or download the enrollment application form.

Progress reports

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

Recitals

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.

Cost

12 half-hour lessons: $325 ($310 with family/senior/USC discount)
12 45-minute lessons: $450 ($435 with family/senior/USC discount)
12 one-hour lessons: $580 ($565 with family/senior/USC discount)
8 half-hour lessons: $200 ($215 with family/senior/USC discount)
8 45-minute lessons: $305 ($290 with family/senior/USC discount)
8 one-hour lessons: $395 ($380 with family/senior/USC discount)
6 half-hour lessons: $165 ($150 with family/senior/USC discount)
6 45-minute lessons: $245 ($230 with family/senior/USC discount)
6 one-hour lessons: $325 ($310 with family/senior/USC discount)

Fees and Financial Aid

Tuition is due before lessons can begin. Discounts are offered for: families with more than one member enrolled in lessons and programs of study 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.

Community Music School Policies


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