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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

Enrollment Form


Questions or concerns? Contact Soojin Kim at kucms@ku.edu.

Paul Adams

Photo of Paul AdamsPaul Adams grew up in the rolling hills of Washington State, performing and competing in venues across the region. He received his bachelors in piano performance from the University of Idaho, and is currently pursuing his master’s in piano performance at the University of Kansas. He enjoys teaching, and hopes to inspire students from all walks of life with the beauty of musical expression.


Soojin Kim

Photo of Soojin KimSoojin Kim, the Director of KU Community Music School, is currently a doctoral student in piano performance and graduate teaching assistant at KU. Kim holds degrees from University of Michigan and Indiana University, and she is one of the recent winners of the KU concerto competition and Metropolitan International Piano Competition in New York City. Her immediate aspirations include endeavors in teaching and performing.


Ying Tang

Photo of Ying TangYing Tang, a graduate of Beijing Normal University, and was awarded the professional scholarship by the University each year. She was the winner at Beijing piano festival; second prize in the Third Kawai Asia Piano Competition. She has been in the teaching field since 2006, and has a wide range of teaching experience.



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