Piano for Young People is a pre-college piano and musicianship program for students kindergarten through high school. Students pursue piano study through private lessons and musicianship classes in a university setting. The program provides a comprehensive musical background for the student and draws its faculty from professionals in the Upstate and Furman piano performance and music education majors. Lessons and classes are held in Furman’s Daniel Music Building on Monday or Tuesday afternoons. Each student works towards an end-of-term recital which is held in Daniel Recital Hall twice a year. Piano for Young People is a selective program. Evidence of regular practice and earnest student participation is required to retain a place in the program. Formerly under the auspices of the Furman Department of Continuing Education, Piano for Young People is now hosted and sponsored by the Furman University Department of Music.


  • Our year is 28 weeks broken up into two 14 week terms with one lesson and class per week. Fees are determined by the total number of minutes for both.
  • Musicianship classes include music theory, music history and recital performance skills. 
  • Students perform on a recital at the end of each term; two performances per year. 
  • Students are eligible and encouraged to enter auditions and competitions as recommended by the private teacher. Participants have won numerous awards in piano competitions.  
  • Lessons are available from adult staff or undergraduate assistants.  Pricing varies based on teacher type and length of lesson/class combined.  Lesson and class length is determined by the director in consultation with the parent.
  • The Piano for Young People Calendar is a merge of dates as announced by Furman University and Greenville County Schools.  A detailed calendar is distributed in August. See link below for current schedule.

Fees and Schedule

How to Apply

    Application is free. No fee due until you are notified of your student’s acceptance and you confirm participation. See fee page for tuition details.
  2. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis.
  3. Parents of current participants: prior to August 5, please notify Mrs. Jackson of your intent and preferred lesson day via email or the web application.  Change of address or adding a student?  Please complete the web application.

Director:  Danielle Jackson earned both a bachelor of music and a masters of music in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University.  She has served on the Bob Jones piano faculty and has been on the faculty of the Piano for Young People program since 2001.  She is an active performer, collaborator and church musician.  Danielle is a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Music Teachers National Association.

pfyp_Steele_web.jpgFaculty: Dr. Susannah Steele received her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music in piano performance from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, and her Bachelor of Music from Furman University. As an active freelance artist, Susannah regularly performs solo and collaborative works throughout the Southeast, and she has performed with the UNC Greensboro, Winston Salem, and Furman University Symphony Orchestras, and Greensboro Opera. She won the state Music Teacher National Association Young Artist competitions in 2003 and 2007, the Greensboro Music Teachers Association Young Artist Competition in 2007, and the UNC Greensboro Concerto Competition in 2008. Susannah has studied at the New Orleans International Piano Institute and abroad at the Prague International Masterclasses.

jacobs_web.jpgFaculty: Jonathan E. Jacobs graduated cum laude from Erskine College where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in Music with a concentration in piano performance. A graduate of the S.C. Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities, he has worked with several world class pianists and has performed in numerous recitals as a collaborative pianist and soloist. Jonathan is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs.

Undergraduate Assistants
Furman faculty and the PfYP staff carefully select Furman piano and theory students to participate in PfYP.  Undergraduate assistants are Furman sophomores, juniors and seniors studying applied piano, piano pedagogy, music theory and music history.  Undergraduate assistants are required to be members of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Participation is selective.

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