December 20: CMS office closes at 5:30 for winter break. The ONLINE enrollment form will be available over the break.

Spring 2017  Semester

January 4 UA Offices re-open after winter break

January 9 First week of spring private lessons

January 16 UA/CMS closed in observance of Martin Luther King Day (Make up date is May 8)

January 17 Advanced Adult Strings begin meeting (5:30), Adult Brass begins (7:00)

January 18 Intermediate Adult Strings begin meeting (5:30)

January 23-27 Kindermusik Classes begin

January 30 Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra begins

February 6 Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition

February 20 CMS/UA is open!

March 13-17  UA/CMS closed for Spring Break

April 7 UA Honors Day – CMS is open!

May 1-5 Last week of spring private lessons

May 2 Last Class of session for Advanced and Intermediate Adult Strings (5:30)

May 8 Make-up date for MLK Day closure

May 8 Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra Concert, 7:00 p.m. FREE

May 8 – 12 Last week of Kindermusik Our Time/ABC Music and Me

May 15-19 Last week of Kindermusik Village session II

Summer 2017  June – July

June 5-9 First week of summer private lessons

Summer String Camp and Children’s Musical Camp dates are TBA

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,, to see if we are closed. If you do not see a closure notice on the 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 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.