The Community Music School (CMS) is a non-degree granting outreach program for the School of Music which serves interested students of all ages and levels of ability. An accredited member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the 45-member CMS faculty is comprised of School of Music faculty, selected graduate and undergraduate students, and professionals from the community.
Over 600 students receive private and group instruction on wind, brass, string, piano, harp, organ, guitar, drums, voice, and composition/theory. The CMS also features a thriving Kindermusik® program for ages birth – 7 years. Ensembles and group classes include string orchestras, Jazz Combo, various chamber ensembles, and adult group instruction on strings and piano. Open for enrollment year-round, summer options also include a middle school strings camp, instrument “sampler” camps and a beginning level children’s musical.
Enrolling now for Fall 2014:
Private lesson rates, Kindermusik classes, ensembles and session dates can be viewed by opening the Online or Printable Registration Form below. Enrollment can be done online (see form link below), in person (171 Moody Music Bldg.), or by mail (see address below).
To Register online or download the current registration form, click on one of the following links:
For Scholarship/Financial Aid Information and Forms, please click on the following link to download the PDF:
Calendar of Events
August 18 – 22: Fall Semester first week of private lessons
August 22 – 24: Adult Strings Weekend (Information and Registration Form)
August 25: Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra Auditions & Kindermusik classes begin
September 1: UA/CMS Closed for Labor Day.
September 2: Adult Strings classes begin
October 26: Halloween in Oz, 2 – 4:00 p.m. – $5 per person at the door (under 2Y free)
October 21: Kindermusik Village Session II begins.
November 24: Make up day for September 1 closure. No Youth Orchestra.
November 26 – 28: UA/CMS Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
December 8: Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra Concert, 7:00 p.m., Free
December 8 – 12: Last week of Fall Semester private lessons.
December 23 – January 4: UA/CMS Closed for Winter Break
January 12 – 16: First week of CMS Spring Semester Private Lessons
January 19: UA/CMS Closed for MLK, Jr. Holiday.
January 26: Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra & Kindermusik classes begin
March 13 – 20: Spring Break – UA/CMS Closed.
March 30: Kindermusik Village Session II begins.
May 4: Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra Spring Concert, 7:00 p.m., Free
May 4 – 8: Last week of Spring Session Private Lessons
May 11: Make-up date for January 19 Closure. Last week of Kindermusik Our Time/Imagine That! Classes.
May 18: Last week of Kindermusik Village Session II.
CMS UNSCHEDULED CLOSURE INFORMATION:
If UA is closed, then Community Music School is also closed. Classes, lessons, and ensembles can’t meet when the building is legally closed. If you are unsure about a possible weather related closure, please check area TV announcements or check the UA website at www.ua.edu to see if UA is closed. If you do not see a closure notice on the main page (usually in a yellow box with black and red text), then your scheduled CMS activity will occur.
Regarding making up weather related closure dates:
Kindermusik Classes – will be made up by extending the session dates.
Large Ensembles, Chamber Groups, Group Classes – at the next rehearsal your teacher will provide their plan to make up the UA closure.
Private Lessons – individual teachers will provide their plan of extending the session or elongating scheduled lessons to make up the UA closure.
For complete information about the Community Music School, including rates, and faculty, please contact:
CMS: The University of Alabama Community Music School
Box 870366, 171 Moody Music
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0366
(205) 348-6741 (phone)