One of the most rewarding skills to cultivate is the ability to play a musical instrument. Entertain yourself, your family and friends. Many 50+ people take up playing rock, classics or jazz. If you love it – play it! We checked and these schools have students who are in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s!
Columbia Arts Academy:
Provides music lessons for a wide variety of instruments seven days a week to accommodate your
busy schedule. Technology is a big part of lessons, allowing the use of music teaching apps, music software, and more! Technology not your thing? No problem, as lessons
are customized to fit each student. The Columbia Arts Academy also has a location in Lexington.
USC School of Music
Provides fun Recreational Music Making group classes in which students learn basic piano
techniques through class activities, and you don’t have to own a piano! If you are more serious about playing, they also provide an intensive two-semester course in which students learn piano technique, staff reading, rhythmic reading, and more, requiring daily practice and the ownership of a piano/keyboard. Private lessons are available in many other instruments. Click here for more information.
Piano: 803.777.1688 | Classes & Lessons: 803.777.5381 | Strings: 803.777.9568
Congaree New Horizons Band:
If you are age 50+, you can play with a concert band! No prior musical experience is required to join the Congaree New Horizons Band. Each practice session includes full group rehearsals and small group and individual instruction. The band performs two to four concerts per semester at various locations in the Columbia Metropolitan area. USC’s Congaree New Horizons Band is affiliated with New Horizons International Music Association, an organization that encourages seniors to learn and make music with friends. New Horizons has approximately 220 bands worldwide! Click here for more information
or call 803.466.9025.
Bill’s Music Shop and Pickin’ Parlor
Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor offers lessons in a wide variety of instruments such as Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Dobro, Fiddle/Violin, Upright Bass, Piano/Keyboard, and Vocal. The teachers will work with your individual style, and the lessons are designed to challenge you to grow in your musical ability. Recitals are organized three times a year to showcase your new talent! They also work with bands on stage presence and appearance, use of mikes, and overall performance.
billsmusicshop.com | 803.796.6477