Piano for Young People is a pre-college piano and musicianship program for students kindergarten through high school. Students pursue piano study through private lessons and musicianship classes in a university setting. The program provides a comprehensive musical background for the student and draws its faculty from professionals in the Upstate and Furman piano performance and music education majors. Lessons and classes are held in Furman’s Daniel Music Building on Monday or Tuesday afternoons. Each student works towards an end-of-term recital which is held in Daniel Recital Hall twice a year. Piano for Young People is a selective program. Evidence of regular practice and earnest student participation is required to retain a place in the program. Formerly under the auspices of the Furman Department of Continuing Education, Piano for Young People is now hosted and sponsored by the Furman University Department of Music.


  • Our year is 28 weeks broken up into two terms  with one lesson/class per week.
  • Musicianship classes include music theory, music history and recital performance skills. 
  • Students perform on a recital at the end of each term; two performances per year. 
  • Students are eligible and encouraged to enter auditions and competitions as recommended by the private teacher. Participants have won numerous awards in piano competitions.  
  • Lessons are available from adult staff or undergraduate assistants.  Pricing varies based on teacher type and length of lesson.  Student lesson length is determined by the director in consultation with the parent.
  • The Piano for Young People Calendar is a merge of dates as announced by Furman University and Greenville County. See calendar link below.  A detailed calendar will be distributed once a student applies.

Fees and Schedule

How to Apply

  2. The application period opens May 1 and closes July 15. Space is limited. Parents of enrolled students should also complete the web application by the deadline in order to maintain placement for the new year.
  3. Application is free. No fee is due until you are notified of your student’s acceptance and you elect to participate.  See fee page for details.
  4. If no internet access, call 864-294-2086 to request a printed application.
  5. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis prior to August 1.
  6. Payment is due by August 5. See the fee page for additional information.

Director:  Danielle Jackson has both a B.M. and an M.M. in piano performance from Bob Jones University.  She has served on the Bob Jones piano faculty and has been an instructor in the Piano for Young People program since 2001.  She is an active performer, accompanist and church musician.  Danielle is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Music Teachers National Association.

Allisonweb_sm.jpgInstructor: Allison McCann Foy graduated from Furman with a bachelor of arts degree in music and communication studies.  She worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., before returning to Greenville to become the Director of Donor Relations at Furman. She has taught in the pre-college program for more than ten years.  Allison is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs.
Kellyweb_sm.jpgInstructor: Kelly Herd graduated from Furman University with a B.M. in piano performance.  She teaches both elementary and middle school general music, directs several children and youth choirs, and assists with middle school concert and marching bands.  She also serves as an accompanist for different schools, churches, and choirs throughout the Greenville area.  Kelly is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Music Teachers National Association, and serves as the District I Chair for the South Carolina Music Teachers Association.  She has taught in the Piano for Young People program for six years.
Maylaurenweb_sm.jpgInstructor: May-Lauren Brinkman has taught private and group piano classes since 2007. She graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a B.A. in History and Music then earned a M.M. in Performance with an Emphasis in Piano Pedagogy from the University of Georgia. May Lauren is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and its SC and Greenville affiliate chapters.
Undergraduate Assistants
Furman faculty and the PfYP staff carefully select Furman piano and theory students to participate in PfYP.  Undergraduate assistants are Furman sophomores, juniors and seniors studying applied piano, piano pedagogy, music theory and music history.  Undergraduate assistants are required to be members of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Participation is selective.

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