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).

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 University’s website, www.ua.edu, to verify if UA is closed. If you do not see a closure notice on the UA main page (usually in a yellow box with black and red text), then CMS activities will continue as scheduled.

Here’s how we make up weather closure dates:

  • Kindermusik classes will be made up by extending the session dates.
  • Ensembles, chamber groups, group classes will discuss make-up dates at the next rehearsal. Youth Orchestra will not make up a weather closure.
  • For private lessons, individual teachers will provide their choice of making up from the following: extending the session or elongating scheduled lessons to make up the UA closure.

 Free Music Theory Fundamentals Course

Offered to ages 11 – Adult:  This course meets for 6 weeks at Moody Music Bldg., Day/Time = TBA.  Email Dr. Amir Zaheri at amir.zaheri@ua.edu for course details and permission to attend.