Weekly private instruction (14 weeks)

Regular weekly private instruction is offered in 30-, 45-, and 60-minute increments.  Registration is made for each fourteen-week term.  Fees are higher for instruction with SMPI artist-faculty.


Teacher Assignments
Once your registration form has been reviewed, you will be contacted for the purpose of arranging lessons with one of our faculty members.  In order to assure an optimal fit between instructor and student, a simple audition and discussion of your options in private study may be necessary.  Whenever possible, teacher preferences will be honored.  Please refer to the SMPI faculty listing in making your preference decision. 


SMPI Artist-Faculty* Dr. Ellen Price Elder, Director

SMPI Master Faculty**  Le Bai, Dino Henriquez, Valerica Muller

For more information about instructor rates please contact

Dr. Ellen Price Elder, SMPI Director, at (601) 467-9745.


*SMPI Artist-Faculty—Performing artist, terminal degree or equivalent professional experience, full-time faculty member at USM, ample teaching experience

**SMPI Master Faculty—Highly qualified instructors/performers.  Master’s degree or equivalent teaching experience.


Throughout the year there are numerous opportunities to perform.  At the discretion of the instructor, students are encouraged to participate actively in SMPI recitals, MMTA/MTNA (Mississippi Music Teachers Association/Music Teachers National Association) events, HMTL (Hattiesburg Music Teachers League) recitals, and the various festivals and competitive events in the southern Mississippi region and beyond.  For those events with sponsorship outside the SMPI, participation fees normally apply.

SMPI student recitals
At the end of each semester, SMPI will hold student recitals.  Please refer to the SMPI Academic Calendar for details.

Faculty/guest artist recitals
Attendance at performances on the USM concert series is strongly encouraged.  Please refer to the USM website for details regarding upcoming events.