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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.

Hands Playing a Piano

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 Kevin Kyaw at akyaw@ku.edu.

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Kevin Kyaw - Director, Community Music School

Kevin Kyaw is a pianist from Myanmar (Burma) currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in piano performance at the University of Kansas where he holds a graduate teaching assistantship and studies under professor Dr. Jack Winerock. He graduated summa cum laude from Missouri Western State University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music on a full scholarship. 

Kevin has performed at venues such as the National Theatre of Yangon in Myanmar, Sala dei Notari in Italy, the Legislative Yuan in Taiwan as well as the Acropolium of Carthage in Tunisia. He has performed at music festivals such as Music Fest Perugia, Maccagno Piano Days Festival, soundSCAPE Festival, ATLAS Music Academy, to name a few. Kevin has been a finalist in the KU Piano Concerto Competition and received first prizes in Kansas State MTNA-Steinway Young Artist Piano Competition, MWSU Concerto/Aria Competition, ATLAS Music Academy Competition and Philharmonic Society of Myanmar Festival Competition.

Kevin has previously worked as the head music teacher at Khayay School International in Yangon, Myanmar, where he taught private piano lessons and led music classes for children from 3 to 10 years old. Recently, he has been an artist-teacher for the Music Society of Myanmar Online Festival and Competition. A strong advocate for building the classical music scene in his home country, Kevin also serves as Assistant Artistic Director of the Myanmar Music Festival.



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