Skip to Content

School of Music

  • Banner Image

Elementary Artist Piano Study

The Elementary Artist is our most comprehensive program for elementary pianists beyond their first year of study. Pianists improve their technique, performance, theory, listening, and creative skills through weekly lessons and classes.

Program Description

Students receive 29 weekly lessons and 26 musicianship classes (45 minutes) each year.* Private lessons can be either 30 or 45 minutes, depending upon the child’s age and needs. Students participate in formal performances including one recital per semester, CMTA Achievement Day, and Royal Conservatory Exams (if appropriate). All classes and events are included in the tuition cost, making this a high-value lesson package. 

*The Center for Piano Studies will resume customary operations in Fall 2021, with classes and lessons occurring in-person at the School of Music. The CPS will follow University procedures and decisions regarding cancellations and closures, and will continue required safety measures (COVID-19 related). To request continuation of online lessons, please write to the director, Dr. Sara Ernst. See policies for more details.

Cost with 30-Minute Lessons: 2 payments of $486 or 6 payments of $162. 
Cost with 45-Minute Lessons: 2 payments of $561 or 6 payments of $187. 
See Policies and Tuition for details. Register Online. 


Students in 1st or 2nd grade who are using or nearing a method series book 1-2 (or 2A-2B) are ideal for the Elementary Artist program. Students with prior study may transfer into the program, pending an interview to ensure correct placement. Class size is limited to 8 or fewer children. Enrollment is for the duration of the academic year, September through early May.

Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano (preferred) or 88-key digital piano with stand and bench
Practice requirement: 30 minutes a day, five days a week

Enrollment and Weekly Schedules

Musicianship and Repertoire Classes

Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.

Level Prep A-B (Method Book 1-2)

Private lessons are scheduled in consultation with the private teacher. Lessons can be scheduled before or after the class, or on an alternate day of the week. Classes will be enrolled on a first come, first serve, basis. 

Class Content

Musicianship and Repertoire classes occur weekly for 45 minutes, with 26 classes per academic year. These online classes use fun, peer-based approaches to learning fundamentals including theory, ear training and music reading. Students perform pieces and make music regularly with their piano classmates. An extra repertoire class is provided in late May for students who are enrolled in Royal Conservatory Exams.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.