KU Community Music School

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.

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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 Melissa Terrall at mterrall@ku.edu.

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Melissa Terrall — Director, Community Music School

Melissa Terrall is an award-winning pianist from Portland, Oregon. She is currently completing her Master’s of Music in piano performance at the University of Kansas, where she studies with Dr. Scott McBride Smith and holds a graduate teaching assistantship.

With over a decade of experience as a piano teacher, Melissa enjoys working with students of all ages. She ran a piano studio in her hometown of Portland, Oregon throughout high school and college. In the spring of 2020, she was Visiting Guest Artist at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon.

Melissa Terrall

In addition to her work as a educator, Melissa performs frequently as a collaborative pianist. She and her piano duo partner, Colleen Carney, won first place at the 2019 Ellis Duo Piano Competition. The Carney-Terrall Duo has played together since 2014 and performed at events nationwide for Classic Pianos and The Yamaha Corporation of America.

The youngest of six in a musical family, Melissa’s first piano teachers were her mom and sister. She went on to study with regarded Oregon pedagogues, including Dr. Jill Timmons. While still in high school, she appeared as a concerto soloist with the Oregon Sinfonietta and Portland’s Jewish Community Orchestra. Melissa’s scholarship awards include Portland’s Monday Musical Club award, the Gladys Strong scholarship, and the Jacqueline Rayot Olsson scholarship at Portland State University.

Melissa holds a Bachelors of Music in Performance from Portland State University, where she studied with Dr. Julia Lee. While at PSU, she studied abroad one summer in Spain, working with pianists in Madrid and Barcelona, an experience which piqued her interest in Iberian and Latin American piano repertoire. Outside of music, Melissa’s interests include hiking, cooking, reading, and speaking Spanish.