EDUCATION

FREE LESSONS

Music lessons provide an artistic outlet for all ages to explore, create, heal and build self-confidence. Pianos for People currently has approximately 100 piano students enrolled at our free Cherokee Street School and an additional 100+ students at our Ferguson location.

We offer beginner group piano classes and private lessons at both of our studios, as well as music theory classes and tutoring. Our sessions follow the traditional school-year format – we have two semesters, each concluding with recitals, separated by Winter and Summer break. We recently began offering an optional summer session for students to continue their private lessons, in addition to our summer camps. Each semester includes an abundance of activities in addition to our weekly lessons and classes, such as frequent performance workshops, outreach opportunities to perform within the community at large, as well as piano festivals, and fun community events. Our free piano school program encourages students to challenge themselves, make friends, overcome stage anxiety, develop patience and discipline, and to become confident in themselves.

Our piano teachers are the heart of our success. Our teachers are highly qualified, committed and experienced – many of them with music degrees. They are a diverse and committed staff, and most importantly, they are empathetic and sensitive to the issues that many of our families face.

To qualify for free lessons, one must demonstrate financial or other special need and a genuine interest and commitment to learn the piano. Many of our families have also applied for and received a FREE PIANO as part of our Piano Donation Program, ensuring better engagement and success.

To apply for free tuition once registered, please submit ONE of the following documents to claire@pianosforpeople.org:

  • A letter stating you receive any governmental assistance (SNAP, Medicaid, SSI, Disability, etc)
  • Your most recent tax forms
  • Your two most recent pay stubs, OR
  • If self-employed, your two most recent bank statements

The Piano School enrollment has reached the maximum capacity, and there are no available slots for enrollment. Please check back on March 1st, 2023, when enrollment begins for our Summer session!

CHEROKEE STUDIO

At our flagship school at 3138 Cherokee Street there is a group teaching and performance space with eight acoustic pianos and a concert grand, a generous gift from Graham Nash.

The Piano School enrollment has reached the maximum capacity, and there are no available slots for enrollment. Please check back in March when enrollment for the Summer begins on March 1, 2023.

In 2016, we refurbished our piano annex (the “PIANNEX”) which is equipped with 10 pianos allowing us to increase our teaching capacity, while also serving as an area to hold donated pianos before they are delivered to recipients.

An increase in the student body also necessitated the refurbishment of the Cherokee school basement in order to serve as a waiting for parents and students. In addition, this area now serves as a practice area with three keyboards and headphones.

We also have a Music Resource Library, where students may browse through, borrow, and even keep music from the vast selection of music that has been donated to us. We maintain a core of materials for teaching resources.

FERGUSON STUDIO

Pianos for People in Ferguson is generously hosted at the Ferguson First Baptist Church at 333 North Florissant where we opened our first Pianos for People satellite school in October 2016. It is a modern, large classroom equipped with 10 pianos and other classroom facilities.

The Piano School enrollment has reached the maximum capacity, and there are no available slots for enrollment. Please check back in March when enrollment for the Summer begins on March 1, 2023.

We offer group and private lessons and workshops at the Ferguson School and continue to expand our offering, with music production. We currently teach Monday – Thursdays and Saturdays during the school terms along with hosting special musical events, master classes and Piano Slams.

The Ferguson School is generously supported by the Ferguson First Baptist Church, Emerson Charitable Foundation and the Siteman Family Foundation.