Our school-year program is our most intensive program and runs for 31 weeks on a school-year calendar, from August to May. Classes are held once a week, Monday through Thursday, after school from 3:00 on into the evening. Classes run for one hour, with four to six students in a class, creating an atmosphere for social interaction and achievement. (New classes begin throughout the year as space is available.)
Students are placed in classes according to age and experience, from kindergarten into high school. Half the classtime is spent on keyboards, focusing on note reading and rhythm skills, as well as solid piano technique. The other half hour is spent solidifying theory concepts by means of computer games, flash cards and drills. Access to a piano/keyboard is required. As part of our "VIP" (Very Impressive Pianist) program in which students can earn prizes, students are encouraged to play assigned pieces several times at home throughout the week. As with anything worthwhile, it takes time to master.
Recitals are viewed as celebrations of what the student has learned and are held at the end of the year.
An annual family registration fee of $20 is required, as well as a $15 per student music fee. The monthly fee is $90 per month from August through April. A breakage fee of $90 is assessed if withdrawal becomes necessary before the end of the year.
On-site school opportunities
KUPS conducts weekly beginning classes at St. Matthew's, Clearwater, St. Pius and Nora elementary schools, beginning in late September. The classes are held once a week during recess time and run for 14 weeks at a cost of $220. An extended session is held for those students interested in continuing into the spring. Students who complete this beginning course are then encouraged to continue with the school year program held in our studio.
Summer camp is held two different weeks in the summer, with beginning students in the morning and intermediate students in the afternoon. These camps are intensive, yet fun-filled sessions, incorporating keyboards and computers, as well as snacks and outdoor activities. Camp is held for three hours a day at a cost of $159 per student.
Private lessons are also offered in the summer for current students of Keyboards Unlimited. Please call Keyboards Unlimited for available times.