academy of music


You are a listener. You dream of leading choirs, conducting orchestras, teaching students, or composing your own works. Learn from a like-minded group of faculty who share your passion for music.

Winthrop’s Department of Music provides supportive mentorships to foster your development as a musician and to prepare you for a career in music.



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The Academy of Music strives to provide quality musical instruction to the communities surrounding York County, South Carolina, and to serve as a professional training lab to foster a lifelong appreciation of music.

    OUR music FACULTY

    We offer traditional, private weekly lessons to pre-college students. Lessons are taught by our talented team of instructors made up of University faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate music majors studying at Winthrop. All University faculty and graduate students hold degrees in their instrument, and have previous teaching experience. Our undergraduate student instructors are majors in the field in which they teach. These students are carefully selected by their professors to teach in the Academy program, and are supervised by the administration and faculty.




    *Each student, whether new, or returning must fill out and submit a registration form. 

    **Please note that there is a late fee of $25.00 for any late registration submitted. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the director via e-mail at

      January 5, 2024

      Academy of Music Registration Form

      •Registration form can be submitted via e-mail, to, or through the mail to:

      Winthrop University

      Department of Music

      129 Conservatory of Music

      Rock Hill, SC 29733


    Program FAQs

    •How do I register my child?

    Please register by following the link and instructions above.

    •Is there a registration fee?
    Yes, only new students are required to pay a one-time registration fee of $25.00. This fee is due with the first installment payment at the time of registration.

    •What is the cost of tuition?
    Tuition is based on several variables including instructor level, the length of the lesson, and the instrument of study. For full details please refer to the tuition chart of the inside panel.

    •When will my child's lessons be?
    Lessons are set up between you and the instructor. Once your child has been assigned an instructor, the instructor will contact you directly to set up the lesson day and time.

    •Where are lessons held?
    Lessons are held on Winthrop University's campus in the Conservatory of Music. Lessons are not permitted to be taught off campus. Your instructor will inform you where your lessons will take place.

    •Is there parking available?
    Yes! Parking is available in the Founders Lot located on Founders Lane. A parking pass is required to park on campus before 7:00pm. Parking passes are available online via the Temporary & Visitor Parking Permit Request form (Click Here). A new form must be completed each time you park on campus. 


    Jennifer Kempka

    Jennifer Kempka

    Director, Academy of Music

    Office: 129 Conservatory of Music
    Phone: 803/323-4517