Let's Play Piano!

Let's Play Piano!

Filled for Spring 2024

Let's Play Piano! is offered each semester - check back in August 2024 to enroll in the Fall class! Youth and adults interested in piano can enroll in private lessons, which accept new students through March 31. 

Let’s Play Piano includes 10 weekly 45-minute group classes that will kickstart or continue your personal piano journey. Each week will feature engaging activities centered on movement, listening, instrument play, singing, and games that will all lead back to the piano. We’ll delve into musical topics like rhythmic patterns, high vs. low sounds, composing melodies, the musical alphabet, piano finger numbers, and more! Along the way, students will experience the basics of healthy piano technique, develop listening skills, build patience and perseverance, and have fun.

Register early if interested - this class size is limited due to the number of pianos available, and students are accepted in the order in which registration and any applicable payment is fully completed. 

Program Information

Level 1 and 2 Combined

  • Ages: 7-12. No experience necessary. Beginners or students with some experience may join. 
  • Instructor: Amber Joy Koeppen with App State music student assistants
  • Price: Regular price is $250, but need-based pricing options can be selected in registration.
  • Location: Broyhill Music Center Room 405
  • Time: 5:15-6:00pm on Mondays. Class will meet 10 times on Mondays starting January 29
    • Mondays, January 29 - April 15; may extend to April 29 if make-up dates are needed.
    • No class on March 11 or April 1. 


To make the most of practice time outside of class, it is recommended that students have access to a piano or keyboard. 

Parking for CMS Classes

Beginning in Fall 2023, there is now a charge for parking between 7am and 7pm on weekdays at Appalachian State University. Please visit the CMS Parking and Directions page for complete parking information.

  • Free Options: Instead of purchasing a parking pass, participants can be dropped off at their class/lesson or take the free AppalCart bus to the Broyhill Music Center.
  • Visitors who do not already have an App State parking pass can purchase parking passes in their Community Music School registration form:
    • 5pm-7pm visitor parking pass - $10/month
    • 7am-7pm visitor parking pass - $25/month
  • After purchasing a pass in registration, please plan to pick up your parking pass off campus before your first class (or first use of the pass). See the CMS Parking and Directions page for details.

Payment and Pricing Options

Offering this program costs the Community Music School $250 per participant. Depending on the program, our expenses include faculty, assistants, staff/administration, facilities, instruments, music, books, supplies, stands, and more. 

We are still testing a model in which participants can select need-based pricing options for group classes on the honor system. By selecting an amount according to your needs, you can help us sustain this program!

Based on financial need, you may select the regular tuition or a reduced payment from the options below during the registration process. At this time, no waiting or approval is required to select these options. Tuition level selected does not affect a student's priority in joining the class, which is solely based on the order in which Iris registrations are completed. 

  • Pay $250 - Regular Class Tuition
  • Pay $150 - Need-based pricing option
  • Pay $75 - Need-based pricing option
  • Pay $25 - Need-based pricing option

Registrants needing their full class tuition waived due to financial need should (1) complete the registration form up until the final payment screen, then (2) email asucommunitymusic@appstate.edu to request that the full cost be waived.  Currently, no application or details are needed for this. After we remove the fee, you will need to return to the form and complete your registration. Please note that parking pass charges will not be waived.