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 50-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 Chamber Strings, the Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra, Jazz Combo, various chamber ensembles, and adult group instruction on strings and brass ensemble. Lessons, classes and ensembles are open for enrollment year-round, with summer options also including a strings camp (Elementary/Middle School), and a beginning level children’s musical (ages 6-12Y).