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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 Sora Park at sorapark@ku.edu.

Sora Park - Director, Community Music School

Photo of Sora ParkA native of Seoul, South Korea, Sora Park started her piano studies at the age of six and entered Sunhwa Arts School at the age of thirteen. Sora’s passion for piano pedagogy is based on her experience from the Arts school, and it was from that experience that inspired her to continue her studies in the States. She earned her master of music in piano performance from Western Illinois University under Dr.Tammie Walker, and Artist’s Certificate in piano performance at University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance under Dr.Robert Weirich. She made her orchestra debut playing Tchaikovsky’s Concerto No.1 with the WIU’s Orchestra, and as a winner of Chancellor’s Concerto Competition in UMKC, she performed Samuel Barber’s Concerto with UMKC’s orchestra. She also performed in such prestigious venues as Helzberg Hall and Folly Theater in Kansas City, MO. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at the University of Kansas under Dr. Michael Kirkendoll, and enjoys teaching students of all ages and playing as a collaborative pianist..

Anthony Lee

Photo of Anthony LeeMr. Lee is an American-born pianist who began his piano studies age 7. Lee followed a competitive school track, attending the Interlochen Arts Academy (2005-2006), University of Michigan (2006-2010), and Eastman School of Music (2010-2013) where he studied with Yoshikazu Nagai, Logan Skelton, and Natalya Antonova, respectively. Since completing his Master's degree with assistantships in class piano and accompanying, Lee participated in the Isidor Bajic Piano Memorial International Competition in Novi Sad, Serbia in March, 2014. In chamber music, Lee performed the Schumann Piano Quartet for the New Mexico Chamber Music Festival in 2015, the same year he was a semi-finalist for the American Prize. Lee is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in piano performance studying with Professor Steven Spooner. .

Yuta Sugano

Photo of Yuto SuganoBorn in Japan, Yuta Sugano started playing the piano at the age of five and made his debut with an orchestra at eleven. Since moving to the United States, he has graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy, received his bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and master’s degree from the University of Michigan on a full scholarship. His teachers and advisers include Arthur Greene, Penelope Crawford, Angela Cheng, Yoshikazu Nagai, Meiko Miyazawa and Kazuko Akiya. At Oberlin, he cultivated a serious interest in piano technology, and earned the distinction of performing his recital on a New York Steinway, which he restored himself. He has appeared as a soloist in numerous countries including Australia, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Spain and the United States. He is currently pursuing a doctorate degree from the University of Kansas under the tutelage of Dr. Steven Spooner, while working as a graduate teaching assistant.

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