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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.

CMS instruction will take place both in-person and virtually for 2021.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available in brass, guitar, strings, voice and woodwinds.
Our private lesson program offers 10 or 6 lessons either in-person or virtual (pending availability of instructors).

Students may select half-hour, 45-minute or one-hour lessons. All in-person 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.

Summer 2021 Dates

LESSON DATES: Lessons begin May 17 | Lessons end August 2

A signed waiver must be on file for each participant. Please preview the waiver prior to registering. A copy of the waiver will be sent via email upon receipt of registration and must be signed by the participant (or legal guardian if under 18) prior to the first lesson.

Waiver and Liability Release for Minor Participants
Waiver and Liability Release for Adult Participants

Ten 30-minute lessons: $275/$260*
Ten 45-minute lessons: $375/$360*
Ten 60-minute lessons: $488/$473*
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 can be paid in two installments for the 10-week option and is available upon request. Please email for details.

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

At the end of each semester (fall and spring) 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. CMS will also offer repertoire and audition classes in the summer months.

Tuition is due before lessons can begin.  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 or call 803-777-5381.

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