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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.

Summer 2019

May 13–August 2

Summer term includes 30, 45 and 60-minute lessons in minimum packages of 6 lessons.
The 6-lesson packages are for all ages and levels, children and adults. Lessons can be spread throughout the months of May,  June and July and need not occur every week. Lesson dates and times are finalized with the teacher before the first lesson to ensure all lessons are received before the end of the term on August 10. Students can add packages of 3 lessons in order to lengthen the summer term to 9 lessons, pending teacher availability.

For current students: if your teacher is unavailable in the summer months, a substitute will be assigned. You will return to your teacher when lessons resume in the fall. 


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

3 half hour lessons: $85
3 45-minute lessons: $125
3 hour lessons: $165
*No discounts are applied to the 3-lesson packages.

Registration Deadlines

6-lesson priority registration deadline: May 31
6-lesson final registration deadline: June 14 (pending teacher availability)
3-lesson add on only registration deadline: July 5

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.


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. Dates for those paying in 3 installments are:

  1. Prior to the first lessons
  2. February 1 or before the 5th lesson
  3. March 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.

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.