Our programs for children include a wide variety of group and private options for all ages and levels. Parents are encouraged to consider our most comprehensive offerings:
- Time to Begin for 1st and 2nd graders
- Elementary Artist Piano Study for returning 1st through 4th graders
- Young Artist Piano Study for Levels 1-7
- Advanced Young Artist Piano Study for 7th through 12th graders, Levels 8 and above
For young students (age 5) and for those seeking a flexible program:
- Experiencing Music at the Piano for kindergartners
- Young Musician Piano Study for 1st grade and above
*The Center for Piano Studies has resumed customary operations, 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.
For kindergartners (K5)
26 weekly 45-minute group classes (Saturdays 10:00 a.m.), private mini-lessons, and 2 recitals*
This two-semester course combines learning music fundamentals and beginning piano playing techniques in a dynamic small-group setting. Private mini-lessons are included during the class throughout the year. Designed for kindergartners, the curriculum provides engaging music that can be played by small hands and fingers and includes learning through exploration and activity. Students perform in a mini-recital at the end of semester I and a formal recital at the end of semester II. To be eligible for the course, students must be enrolled in kindergarten and be able to read letters (not words) and numbers.
Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano (preferred) or 88-key digital piano
Practice requirement: 15-20 minutes a day, five days a week
29 weekly 45- or 60-minute private lessons*
2 repertoire classes, 2 recitals, 1 festival
In this program of study, students learn reading, repertoire and musicianship throughout the academic year. A wide variety of repertoire can be learned, from popular to Classical music, uniquely designed to suit the needs and desires of the student. Students participate in two pre-recital repertoire classes, two semester recitals, and CMTA Achievement Day.
Students with prior study may transfer into the program, pending an interview to ensure correct placement. Once there has been significant advancement in study (often by 7th grade), teachers will recommend lengthening lessons from 45 to 60 minutes.
Student piano requirement: Acoustic piano (preferred) or 88-key digital piano with
stand and bench
Practice requirement: 30 to 45 minutes a day, 4-5 days a week
Students are encouraged to take at least 6 summer lessons or enroll in summer camp.
Cost for 45-minute program: 2 payments of $522 or 6 payments of $174.
Cost for 60-minute program: 2 payments of $687 or 6 payments of $229.