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Piano for Young People

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 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 musicianship classes are held in Furman’s Daniel Music Building on Monday and Tuesday afternoons. Each student works towards an end-of-term recital which is held in Daniel Recital Hall twice a year. Students also present recitals for local retirement communities. 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. Piano for Young People is now hosted and sponsored by the Furman University Department of Music.

Additional Information

  • Our year is 28 weeks broken up into two 14 week terms with one lesson per week.
  • Private lessons include music theory, music history and recital performance skills.
  • Students perform in 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. 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 Schools. A detailed calendar is distributed in August. See the current schedule.

How to Apply

Application is free. No fee due until you are notified of your student’s acceptance and their participation is confirmed.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis.

Current parents: Change of address or adding a student? Please complete the web application.

Apply now

Tuition and Payment Information

Cost for the Year

  • 45 Minute Lesson w/ Adult Staff – $1008
  • 45 Minute Lesson w/ Furman Student – $565
  • 60 Minute Lesson w/ Adult Staff – $1344
  • 60 Minute Lesson w/ Furman Student – $725

Discounts

  • Siblings living in same household: deduct $100 per student
  • Furman Staff: deduct $100 per student

Payment

  • Tuition is paid by semester or in full at the start of the year. Semester payments DUE September 17 and January 15. Cash, credit card and check are accepted. Pay online at Event Brite.
  • Please review our Refund Policy below.
  • Lesson length is determined by the teacher in consultation with the parent. Lessons include instruction in piano, theory and musicianship.
  • As a student of this Furman-sponsored program, your student is welcome to utilize any open piano practice room at any time during the school year. Please be sure your student is supervised by an adult at all times.
  • Our Adult Faculty Staff and Undergrad Student Staff are employees of Furman University.  All payments to these individuals must be made through Furman University and the Furman Music Department. Summer Exception: summer lessons are optional and not paid through Furman so negotiation of summer lesson rates is up to the individual teacher. Furman University is not responsible for the content or consistency of privately-negotiated supplemental lessons and Furman University facilities may not be available due to the various camps and conferences we contract to host in the summer.

Refund Policy

A partial refund (50% of that term’s tuition payment) is available if a student withdraws within 14 (fourteen) days from the start of the term (first lesson). After fourteen days, tuition fees for the remainder of that term are non-refundable.

Make-up Lessons

Missed lessons will be made-up in the event of severe inclement weather or faculty/student illness. Missed lessons are non-refundable.

Inclement Weather

We follow the Greenville County Schools and Furman University weather announcements as posted on WYFF TV.

Mailing Address:

Piano for Young People
Furman Music Department
3300 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville, SC  29613

Administrator: Marcella Frese, 864.294.2118
furmanmusic@furman.edu

Meet our staff

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.