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School of Music

Community Music School guitar lesson

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.

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 UofSC academic calendar.

Students may select half-hour, 45-minute or one-hour lessons. All lessons are offered at the UofSC 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.

Spring 2020 Dates

Lessons begin - Tuesday, January 21
Lessons end - Monday, May 4

Registration Deadlines
February 3 for 12 lessons
March 9 for 6 lessons

Cost

Payment plan
1. Prior to first lesson
2. March 1 or before the 5th lesson
3. April 1 or before the 9th lesson

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

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.


Dual Guitar Lessons for Children

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.
 
$295/$280* per person for 60 minutes of combined instruction
*family/senior/USC discount


Interested in KinderFlute?

More information is here.

Interested in Beginner Guitar?

More information is here.


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 cms@mozart.sc.edu or call 803-777-5381.


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