The Music Clubhouse is not offering Kindermusik classes at this time.

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The Piano Detectives Club is a program for children, ages 4½ through 7 years old, designed to give beginners a positive first experience at the piano. The program offers group instruction, and each student receives 10 minutes of private instruction during group time. The program has received national acclaim.

Academic Year Program
The academic year program is designed both for new beginners and for those young detectives who have completed the Summer Start program and want to continue their journey through solving the mysteries of piano playing. These weekly classes are structured to advance musical growth at the piano over the 10-month academic year. Students who have completed the Summer Start program must have daily access to a piano outside of class to participate in this phase of Piano Detectives Club. Brand new detectives will need this piano access after the first eight weeks of class.

The program includes 35 class sessions. The weekly classes are one hour in length and students will continue exploration of elementary musical concepts through age-appropriate activities. These activities are designed to develop the following: rhythm skills, piano playing skills, theory understanding and music reading ability. Each weekly class includes approximately 10 minutes of private instruction.

Students in the Piano Detectives Club learn to share their developing musicianship with others during the program. At specific class sessions in the fall, family and friends are invited to attend while students give performances and show his/her class work. Depending on student readiness, one or two recitals during the year provide the opportunity to play in front of a larger audience at First Presbyterian Church (2415 Clinton Parkway) in Lawrence. Students of all levels participate, and participation is optional for our Detectives. Piano Detectives who choose not to play are welcome (and encouraged!) to attend.

After the first year, private summer study is available for detectives through June and July. The schedule can be flexible, allowing for family vacations and other events.

Need more information? Please contact us and we'll answer any questions you may have or send you additional details about our programs.

See also: Piano Detectives summer start program

The Piano Detectives Club course aligns with the annual academic schedule beginning in August. Interested in the summer start program? Learn about it today!

Academic Year Program

Junior Detectives (ages 4½-6)
Senior Detectives (ages 6-8)
This is a 10-month course during the academic calendar year starting in August and concluding in May.

We offer three class options:

  1. Students with no previous piano study
  2. Students having started summer 2016
  3. Students having completed 2015-2016 academic year program

Class length:
60 minutes each, including 10 minutes private instruction

35 weekly class sessions
2016-2017 program calendar

$710 tuition + $45 materials fee
per session; the materials fee is due upon enrollment to reserve a spot in the class.


  • All materials needed for academic year participation
  • Special parents classes
  • One or more studio recitals

Please call 785-865-0884 or email Janet with questions.

Tuition for the academic year of Piano Detectives Club may be paid in full upon enrollment or in ten monthly installments at no additional charge. The August installment is due by the student’s first class and the remaining installments are due by the tenth of each month. Please note a $10 fee will be assessed for late payment. Classes will be discontinued when the student’s account becomes 15 days past due. Tuition checks should be made payable to the Music Clubhouse.


The policies stated below have been carefully constructed to ensure a quality relationship between the student and the instructor. The intent is to provide a sound educational environment for the student.

An academic year of study includes 35 classes. It is very important that students arrive promptly for each class. Late arrivals are disruptive and cause lost class time.

No make-up classes will be given to compensate for a student’s absence, and no refund of fees will be made. However, you may request a make-up private lesson at the instructor’s half-hour rate. The fee will be due at the time of the make-up lesson. Any class canceled by the instructor will be rescheduled. Students who need to withdraw permanently from classes are obligated to pay tuition for 2 classes following notification of the instructor.

Inclement Weather
If Lawrence Public Schools close due to inclement weather, then the Music Clubhouse will be closed as well. Our website will also be updated in the event of a weather closing. All classes and lessons cancelled due to inclement weather will be rescheduled.

Parents' Class
At the end of the first semester, a class period is set aside for parents to attend with their student (see calendar). Students will perform pieces for you and will want you to participate with them in the types of activities we do from week to week in class. Please find an alternative plan for younger siblings during this time so you can be fully attentive to your Piano Detective during this special time.

Music Clubhouse Recitals
There are several student recital opportunities offered each year. Typically, first-year Piano Detectives do not perform on these programs until the end of the first year of study at the Spring Recital in May. Students beyond the first year of study are welcome to perform throughout the year in as many recitals as they choose. Although we make our students aware of performance opportunities, no student is ever required to perform.

Summer Study
Piano Detectives who have completed at least the first year of study can enroll in private lessons through the summer months and still return to Piano Detectives Club in the fall (provided the class continues). The schedule can be flexible, allowing for family vacations and other events.

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