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KU Community Music School

Hands Playing a Piano

The KU Community Music School strives to inspire students of all ages to develop and nurture their joy in music. We offer programs in private piano instruction at various intensities with a wide array of performance opportunities. The University of Kansas School of Music provides us with a home for our private lessons, studio classes, master classes, and recitals. Aspiring graduate students from the School of Music provide quality instruction under the guidance of world renowned pedagogue and Cordelia Brown Murphy Professor of Piano Pedagogy, Dr. Scott McBride Smith.

The KU Community Music School offers private piano lessons to students of all ages and interests. Lessons are held once every week, with 30 weeks of lessons in the academic year.

Piano Basics

  • This program is for the student who loves to learn and enjoys making music. It includes 30 weekly lessons per year, and students perform on each of the four recitals. The cost is regular tuition. See tuition contract for more details.

Accelerated Program

  • Students who love to perform and compete will benefit greatly from this program. In addition to regular lessons and recitals, students have the opportunity to participate in KCMTA events, and KU studio classes and master classes. The cost is regular tuition plus entrance fees, which vary by event. See tuition contract for more details.

Policy and Tuition

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Questions or concerns? Contact Seungyeon Baek at sybaek@ku.edu.

Seungyeon Baek - Director, Community Music School

Photo of Seungyeon BaekSeungyeon Baek, DMA student in piano performance and pedagogy, won the second prize at the 2014 American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition and performed in the Competition's Winners Concert on April 20, 2014 at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City. She also won the first prize at the MTNA (Kansas Music Teachers Association) piano competition on November, 2013. She has been teaching group and individual piano classes for three years at KU as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She is also the accompanist of KU Youth Chorus. Seungyeon earned her master’s degree from Ewha Women University, Seoul, South Korea in 2008, and her bachelor’s degree from Chugye University for the Arts, Seoul, South Korea, where she was offered four year scholarships and honored with the President’s Award in 2005.

Chi-Kit Lam

Chi-Kit LamChi-Kit Lam, a native of Hong Kong, is a Doctoral student at The University of Kansas studying piano with Dr. Jack Winerock. In July 2014, Lam was awarded second prize at the International Young Artist Piano Competition in Washington, DC, and was invited to perform in the US Department of State. Lam won second in the 8th Hays Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition in February 2013, where he made his orchestra debut of Liszt’s first Piano Concerto with the Hays Symphony. He was also one of the finalists of the Lennox Young Artist Competition 2013, the first prize winner in piano category of Naftzger Young Artist Audition 2012 and received third prize at the Fourth Asian Youth Music Competition (Hong Kong region) in 2009. Lam currently works as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at The University of Kansas.

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Music students present hundreds of public concerts every year
Students perform in KU choirs, concert bands, pep bands, ensembles, symphony orchestra, and jazz combos
The school owns one of the greatest jazz record collections in the world
KU Wind Ensemble performed the world premiere of the symphony "In the Shadow of No Towers" at Carnegie Hall
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually