Private Lessons

The Town of Mount Pleasant offers private music lessons for Piano, Guitar, Voice, Violin, Viola, Double Bass, and Cello. 

Get to know our instructors!

Diego profile

Piano lessons available at G.M. Darby Building and R.L. Jones Center.

Originally from San Jose, Costa Rica, Diego Suarez is an active performer who has extensive experience as a soloist, giving recitals in Europe, United States, and Latin America. He holds a master’s degree in Piano Performance from the Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia, and a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He offers individualized guidance for students of any age and level, knowledge about piano technique and musical interpretation with an emphasis on Classical Music, however, flexible with other styles. His favorite part of teaching is when he builds a connection with the students that allows him to demonstrate how wonderful music can be. He particularly enjoys seeing them getting interested and motivated not only to attend regular lessons, but also to practice and develop discipline on their own.

Click HERE to watch Diego play an excerpt of “The Fountains of the Villa D’Este” by Franz Liszt.

Chuck Music Lessons Darby-14

Guitar lessons available at G.M. Darby Building and Park West Program Building.

Chuck Davis has been MPRD’s guitar instructor for over ten years. As a professional guitarist and vocalist for more than 25 years, he has been the lead vocalist for popular local band, Plane Jane, for four years and was the local coordinator for the Nashville Songwriters International for two years. Chuck has had songs played on the radio, has played in Las Vegas, Nashville, twice in the Virgin Islands, and throughout the southeast while touring with his bands. After 20 years of performing, Chuck discovered his gift for teaching and encouraging others to develop their confidence and knowledge in the instrument and themselves.

Click HERE to see Chuck playing.

Caleb profile

Violin, Viola, Double Bass, Cello lessons available at G.M. Darby Building, R.L. Jones Center, and Park West Program Building.

Mr. Caleb Coker has been playing the viola for 18 years. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Music in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education with a concentration in instrumental music education. While at USC, he taught in the nationally acclaimed String Project Program directed by Dr. Gail Barnes and performed in the USC Symphony, Chamber Music Program, and the New Voices concert. He studied under Dr. Constance Gee and Dr. Daniel Sweaney. When not teaching or practicing, you can find Mr. Coker studying Russian or cooking.

Click HERE to see Caleb playing.

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Voice lessons available at G.M. Darby Building, R.L. Jones Center, and Park West Program Building.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I set up a private lesson?

  1. Call the Darby Building during business hours at (843) 849-2061 for the contact information for the instructor.

  2. Contact the instructor to coordinate a date and time for scheduled lessons.

  3. Payment is due on the first lesson of every month.

How much do private lessons cost?

  • Monthly payments of $100 per resident are based on four, 30-minute lessons. If there are five weeks in a month, an additional $25 is required. There will be no pro-rating for lessons missed unless the lesson is canceled by the instructor. 

Questions? Call (843) 849-2061.