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Piano for Young People

Piano for Young People is a pre-college piano program for students kindergarten through high school. Students pursue piano study through private lessons in a university setting, drawing its faculty from professionals in the Upstate and Furman piano performance and music education majors. Located in Furman’s Daniel Music Building, the program’s weekly lessons and musicianship classes are held on Mondays and Tuesdays. Materials covered in lessons include sight reading, music theory, music history, ear training, and an introduction to a wide range of musical genres and styles of the teacher and student’s choosing. Students participate in an end-of-term recital, which is held in Daniel Recital Hall twice a year, as well as performances for local retirement communities. Piano for Young People is a selective program, and evidence of regular practice and earnest student participation is required to retain a place in the program each year.

To find out more information or to schedule an audition for the program, please email the director, Kelly Herd.

Additional Information

  • Our year of 28 weeks broken up into two 14 week terms with one lesson per week. Summer lesson offerings are announced in the spring each year.
  • Private lessons include music theory, music history, sight reading, technique, ear trainings, and performance skills.
  • Students perform in a recital at the end of each term.
  • Students enter auditions, festivals, and competitions as recommended by the private teacher. Participants have won numerous awards in local and state piano competitions.
  • Lessons are available from faculty/staff or undergraduate teachers. 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 at the beginning of August.

Tuition and Payment Information

Fall/Spring Semesters

Cost for the Year (Fall/Spring Semesters)

  • 45 Minute Lesson w/ Faculty/Staff – $1064
  • 45 Minute Lesson w/ Undergrad – $644
  • 60 Minute Lesson w/ Faculty/Staff – $1400
  • 60 Minute Lesson w/ Undergrad – $840


  • Siblings living in same household: deduct $100 per additional sibling
  • Furman Staff: deduct $100 per student
  • Faculty/Staff and sibling discounts will not be given for summer lessons


  • 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 Eventbrite.
  • 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.

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: Emily Sweezey, 864.294.2118

Summer 2022
  4 lessons 6 lessons 8 lessons
Faculty/Staff 45 minutes $154.00 $230.00 $308.00
Undergrad 45 minutes $94.00 $141.00 $188.00
Faculty/Staff 60 minutes $202.00 $303.00 $404.00
Undergrad 60 minutes $122.00 $183.00 $244.00


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.