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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.

Due to health concerns raised by the spread of COVID-19, CMS instruction will take place virtually for Spring 2021 semester.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available in brass, guitar, strings, voice and woodwinds.
Percussion lessons are not available in Fall 2020. 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 2021 Dates

Lessons begin January 11
Lessons end April 30

February 1 for 12 lessons
March 8 for 6 lessons

1-Prior to first lesson
2-March 1 or before the 5th lesson
3-April 1 or before the 9th lesson

VIRTUAL RECITAL - Saturday, May 1, 2021
Time TBD

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.

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


Payment plan
1. Prior to first lesson
2. October 1 or before the 5th lesson
3. November 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.


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.

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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