Experiencing Piano for Kids

Experiencing Piano is the only program at Mizzou that offers group instruction exclusively to young beginner pianists ages 5-9. Lessons are taught on campus by Mizzou piano majors, and the program is coordinated by Meghan Speed.

Experiencing Piano consists of a one-year curriculum of Group Piano for beginning piano students ages 5-9. Through the group instruction, students learn the fundamentals of music reading and music-making at the piano. The primary goals of the program are to develop creative thinking skills and basic musicianship. Tools used are improvisation, ear training, rhythm training, creative movement and ensemble playing. 

Spring '22

Experiencing Piano for Kids, Level 1, beginners aged 6-9

  • 12-week, in-person group class
  • Dates: Monday's, January 31 - April 24 (12 sessions - no class on March 28)
  • Time: 6:00-6:45 pm (45 minutes of group class once a week)
  • Location: Sinquefield Music Center - room 380 (1101 University Ave)
  • Students will need an acoustic piano or full-size digital keyboard for class and daily practice
  • Interview with prospective student and a parent or guardian may be required to determine readiness for enrollment in the program if student is younger than 6.

Spring '22 Tuition: $220 (excluding textbook, about $10)
Note: the School of Music has a limited number of textbooks available for purchase. If you would like one of these books, you can indicate that in the application and an extra $10 will be added to your invoice. You can also choose to purchase the book elsewhere.

Payment: A link to pay online will be sent to you after filling out an application.

Fall '21 Registration and Payment Deadline: January 21, 2022

An acoustic or digital piano with 88 weighted keys is required for practice at home

Students will be required to practice regularly throughout the week. Daily practice at home needs to be as important as completing homework for school.

Practice time will begin at around 15 minutes a day and will lengthen to around 30 minutes by the end of the semester.

Parents are encouraged to attend the lessons/classes. This will equip parents to monitor practice at home.

Parents are asked to facilitate, encourage, and aid in practice at home. Any concerns or issues should be immediately brought to Ms. Speed's attention. 

Lesson Cancellation Policy 

A 24-hour advance notification is expected of both parties for lesson cancellation. 

Lessons cancelled by the student or parent without prior 24-hour notice will not be made up and will not be refunded. Lessons cancelled by the teacher must be made up. Lessons cancelled due to inclement weather will be made up.

If a student is late for a lesson the missed time will not be made up. 

Refund Policy

In the event that Experiencing Piano group classes need to transition to online classes/rehearsals, no refunds will be offered. The student will have the option to continue with online instruction or continue with the course once in-person instruction resumes.


Meghan Speed
Experiencing Piano Program Coordinator