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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.

Fall 2019 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.

Fall 2019 Dates

August 26–December 9, 2019
Registration Deadline
September 6 for 12 lessons
October 11 for 6 lessons


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:
1. Prior the first lesson
2. October 1 or before the 5th lesson
3. November 1 or before the 9th lesson

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.
Fall Recital – Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

NEW! All-State Flute Prep Classes

Wednesdays, 6:00–6:45 p.m.
These sessions cover each element of the South Carolina Honor, Region and All-State auditions: scales, terms, solo and sight reading. Each class also includes activities to build each student’s tone, technique, rhythm, musical fluency and style. All ability levels are welcome! Each division meets for three sessions.
Cost: $75

Junior Division (6-8th grade): September 11, October 2, October 30
Clinic Division (9-10th grade): September 18, October 9, November 6
Senior Division (11-12th grade): September 25, October 16, November 13

Register online

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 or call 803-777-5381.

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