Summer 2017

July 4 UA / CMS closed for Independence Day

July 15  Scholarship Application Deadline for 2017-2018

July 17-28  Children’s Summer Musical Camp (Free show, Friday 28th at 11:00 a.m.)

Fall 2017

August 21 First week of CMS private lessons, Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra auditions (5:30 pm)

August 25-27 Adult Strings Weekend

August 28 Kindermusik classes begin & Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra (strings only) begin

September 4  UA / CMS closed for Labor Day Holiday

October 23 Kindermusik Village Session I Make up date for Labor Day Closure

October 24 Kindermusik Village Session II begins

October 26-27  CMS is OPEN, mid-semester study break for UA students

November 20  Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra will rehearse. Kindermusik classes meet Monday/Tuesday. Regular lessons do not occur UNLESS your teacher uses this date for the Labor Day make-up. Ask your lesson teacher to confirm.

November 22-24 CMS closed for Thanksgiving Holiday break

November 26 (Sunday) 1:30 – 3:30 Youth Orchestra Dress Rehearsal; 4:00 pm Concert (free) in Moody Concert Hall

December 11-15 Last week of fall lesson session for CMS (and Final Exam week for UA students); Kindermusik make-up date (12/11) for Labor Day Closure.

December 18  Last day of Kindermusik Village Session II

CMS Unscheduled Closures

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,, to see if we are closed. If you do not see a closure notice on the main page, 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 plan of 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 in Moody Music Bldg. Day/Time = TBA;  Email Dr. Amir Zaheri at for course details and permission to attend.