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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 UofSC students, graduates and professionals from the community. UofSC 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 2022.

Private Lessons

Private instruction in: Brass, Guitar, Percussion, Strings, Voice, and Woodwinds.

Our private lesson program offers 12 or 6 lessons either in-person or virtual (pending availability of instructors).

Students may select 30-minute, 45-minute or 1-hour lessons. All in-person lessons are offered at the University of South Carolina School of Music building and lesson times are arranged on an individual basis.

Summer 2022 Dates

LESSON DATES: Lessons begin as early as May 15 | Lessons end August 6
REGISTRATION DEADLINES: June 26 for the 6-Lesson package

Lessons will be offered in 6-lesson packages with the possibility of Add-On packages of 3-lessons to lengthen the term to allow for more flexibility in the summer months. Lessons need not occur every week as long as teacher and student/parent are in agreement.

Fall 2022 Dates


A signed waiver must be on file for each participant. 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.  You may also download the waiver from the right column and send it to

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  

A family discount is offered when more than one member of a family is enrolled in lessons or if a student is enrolled in more than one program of study through the CMS. USC faculty/staff and senior discounts are also offered.

Tuition can be paid in two installments for the 12-lesson option and is available upon request. Please email for details.

Dates for those paying in 2 installments are:
1. Prior to the first lesson
2. March 21 or before the 7th lesson

Carolina Music Students parents and students receive weekly lessons reports 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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