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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 Christina Liu at ctinaliu@ku.edu.

Christina Liu - Director, Community Music School

Photo of Seungyeon BaekCurrently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Kansas, Christina Liu began her piano studies in kindergarten and has been recognized throughout her career as an accomplished soloist and chamber musician. Her heavy involvement in high school bands and choirs as well as her high school piano teacher inspired her to pursue a Piano Performance degree with an emphasis in Piano Pedagogy at Washington State University with Dr. Gerald Berthiaume, where she maintained a large active piano studio in the Piano Pedagogy Lab School, was the president of the collegiate chapter of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and graduated summa cum laude. She obtained the status of Nationally Certified Teacher of Music with MTNA in October 2010 at the start of her studies at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a masters in both Piano Performance and Chamber Music Performance, and she was an active member of the collegiate MTNA chapter when they were awarded national Chapter of the Year. She continued working with Prof. Christopher Harding upon graduation while teaching full-time for two years in Cincinnati, teaching for the Cincinnati School of Music (CSM) and Piano Lessons In Your Home, Inc (PLIYH). After only one year at CSM, she was nominated for Teacher of the Year. Her students consistently received high marks and recognition at local competitions. Christina believes music is an art form that pervades mos of that we are exposed to daily, and she teaches with the primary purpose of nurturing their appreciation and understanding while also challenging them to reach their personal goals and encourage a life-long love of music in her students.

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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School of Music Events

Reach Out Kansas, Inc., Smithyman & Zakoura Chartered and KU Music Concert Series 2014-2015

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