The Academic Program offers the highest quality instruction to students of all skill levels ages 4 years old and up. In addition to private lessons, students also have access to various group classes and performance opportunities at no additional cost.
The Academic Program is set up on a semester schedule: fall semester and spring semester. Each semester consists of 15 private lessons. Lessons are once a week and are scheduled based on the student and instructor's availability. All lessons are held at the academy. A completed schedule of the group classes and performance opportunities can be found on the website calendar.
Students may receive private instruction in Piano, Violin/Viola, Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Voice, Guitar (Classical, Brazilian, Flamenco, Jazz or Improvisation), Harp or Organ.
Theory/Ear Training, Composition, Masterclasses and Performance Classes are included and offered to all students. String Ensembles are offered to all String students and Guitar students are encouraged to join the Guitar Orchestra. All these programs are also available to non-Academy students for a fee.
Music Discovery Program
Explore the exciting world of music with your child!
Discover and enjoy the benefits of early childhood music education today. Experience music making through a variety of interactive games, songs, and more.
Recognized Benefits: Development of cognitive, social, and motor skills
Proven to contribute to school-readiness
Teaching Methods include elements of Dalcroze, Eurhythmics, Kindermusik, and Music Midnd Games, among others
The semester package (12 weeks) is $240, and the class is on Mondays at 3:00 PM (students aged 3-5 years old). The classes are taught by Nina Sandberg, Early Childhood Educator, Dalcroze Eurhythmics instructor, Suzuki Violin teacher. The dates of the classes can be found here.
At Charleston Academy of Music, all students are offered numerous performance opportunities, letting them show their friends, family, and the public their achievements!
Performance classes give our students the opportunity to perform in front of a real audience in a supportive and intimate setting. This is highly recommended for beginners who need to get some performance experience under their belts before playing for the public. Their teachers will be there offering comments and useful tips to improve their performances.
Student and Studio Recitals, held in venues around Charleston, showcase the development and achievements of our students and our faculty. At the end of each semester, the Honors Recital will showcase the some of our best students of the semester in an hour long recital. All students are encouraged to audition for the Honors Recital. Similarly, the Piccolo Spoleto Recital will showcase the students who have achieved the most through the year in an exciting recital!
Summer Music Fest
Academy's Summer Music Fest 2020 on July 27th-August 1st offers the following programs:
Piano (beginners welcome as well as 1+ year experience)
Strings (Suzuki method and others)
July 27 - July 30, Full-day: 9.00am-4.00pm, August 1st - Half-day: 9am-12noon plus Final Student Recital and party!
Ensembles, group classes, private lessons, master classes
CAMerata - String Orchestra
This ensemble is open to all violin, viola, and cello students. Music reading ability is required to join this ensemble. Ensemble playing will teach the students the importance of teamwork in working towards common goals. Students will also familiarize themselves with orchestral repertoire. They will learn to actively listen to their own and each other in a supportive environment.
CHARAMGO - Guitar Orchestra
Led by Ulyana Machneva, the guitar ensemble brings guitar enthusiasts of various ages and levels together to explore a variety of music and develop performance skills. Prior experience is necessary. Both children and adult students will be accepted into the ensemble upon the instructor’s approval, following an interview.