Where are you located?

We are located at the Anderson Arts Center at 110 Federal St. in Downtown Anderson, SC. Please park in the parking lot next to the farmer’s market pavilion, which is “behind” the Arts Center.

What should I bring to my trial lesson?

You can bring your instrument, if you have one and any music you may have worked on previously. If you are brand new beginner, don’t worry about bringing anything. This is an opportunity for us to meet to talk more about lessons and to get to know each other.

I don’t have an instrument yet. What should I do?

Let’s go ahead and schedule a trial lesson before you purchase an instrument. At that time, we can discuss further about your needs and how you can acquire an instrument. In general, I recommend renting string instruments from Bernhardt House of Violins. Their phone number is (864) 282-8887 and their address is 5 Cateechee Ave, Greenville, SC 29605.

Where pianos are concerned, I recommend Piano Central, as I had a pleasant experience purchasing our Yamaha studio piano there. Their phone number is (864) 232-5164 and their address is 757 N Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29607.

What is your absence policy? How much do lessons cost?

Please take a look at our Studio Policy, listed below. It should answer most questions.

Sounds of Carolina Studio Policy

Absence Policy:

Each student will receive only one makeup lesson per semester. If you must use this makeup lesson, it can be scheduled on one of our makeup days at the end of the semester. Refunds and credits will not be given for missed lessons. If a family emergency arises a lesson can be rescheduled on a case-by-case basis.

Inclement Weather:

An informational email will be sent if inclement weather arises. Lessons are not automatically cancelled when schools are.

What to bring:

Each student (or family) should have a music bag in which they carry their books, any other musical pieces, a notebook for the parent’s, or student’s, note-taking, a pencil and something to record with (an iPhone or iPod works). Please make sure you have all other accessories including your shoulder rest, cleaning cloth, rosin, rock stop, and extra strings, and nail clippers. Please maintain short clipped fingernails.

Parent Attendance:

All students must have a parent present in the room or hallway (this will be determined by your teacher). All students must be accompanied to and from the studio area.

Listening:

Parents are responsible for creating a learning environment at home. Recordings must be played daily to help your child learn more easily. Listening must become an integral part of the daily routine. This applies for child and adult students.

Tuition:

Tuition may be paid by semester in full (due August 20th and January 3rd) or in monthly installments (by the 10th of each month).

Families that pay tuition per semester in full will receive a 5% discount. Tuition amount does not change with the number of lessons given each month. Families with multiple students enrolled will receive a 10% discount for each additional student enrolled with lessons of equal or lesser value. Tuition includes the following: weekly private lessons, solo recitals, special events, accompaniment for events, and facility rental.

How to make payment:

Tuition payments can be made at the lesson, by mail, or through the online payment link found in each invoice (please note that paying online will incur a 4% fee). Payments are due by the 10th of each month. Any late payments will incur a $15 late fee per student.

Please make checks out to Sounds of Carolina.

Mailing address: Attn: Sounds of Carolina 110 Federal St. Anderson, SC 29625

30 Minute Lessons:

Semester Tuition 498.75 , Monthly Tuition 105

45 Minute Lessons:

Semester Tuition 731.50, Monthly Tuition 154

60 Minute Lessons:

Semester Tuition 950, Monthly Tuition 200

Ensembles: Ensembles are group classes that are divided by age and ability level. All students are highly encouraged to sign up for ensemble classes. There are additional fees for ensembles. Your teacher can help you choose an ensemble class for your student. More details about each ensemble are posted on the website. Please make sure to check this out, as it is an excellent opportunity to learn!

Calendar:

August 20, Fall lessons begin

August 28, Studio Potluck

September 3, Labor Day- No Lessons

November 5-6, Fall Break- Regular Lessons

November 21-25, Thanksgiving Break- No lessons

December 4, Solo Recital

December 15-16, Makeup Lesson Days

December 19, Fall semester ends

December 20- January 2, Winter Break- No lessons

January 3, Spring semester begins

January 8, Studio Potluck

March 12, Ensemble Concert

April 2, Solo Recital

April 13-19, Spring Break- No lessons

May 27, Memorial Day- No lessons

May 25-26, Makeup Lesson Days

June 8, Spring semester ends

**The events listed above are our major events. There will be other performance opportunities throughout the year.

Please note:

-All cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned OFF during lessons unless approved by the teacher.

-Children under 18 should address the teacher formally. Please ask your teacher if they prefer “Ms. First Name or Mr. Last Name, etc”.

-Food and drinks are not allowed in the studio rooms. Bottled water is okay in the hallway.

-The studio holds the right to amend the Studio Policy.

-Please let us know if you do not want to allow pictures of your child to be taken and shared online for studio promotion.