UA Notice:

We look forward to a safe return to in-person campus life. UA/CMS is committed to maintaining the delivery of instruction to allow students to continue their education with minimal disruption. UA/CMS cannot guarantee or promise to provide a specific mode of delivery of services, classes, instruction or experiences, or that the mode of delivery will not change during the year. A transition from previously planned methods of delivery could include on-campus, hybrid or remote classes and experiences, or – if circumstances warrant – the exclusive provision of services, classes, and other instruction or experiences on a remote basis, as practicable, or on an alternative schedule. While the method of delivery may change, educational instruction and opportunities will continue. As such, UA/CMS will not provide any refund of tuition, in whole or in-part, based on a change in the mode of instruction or schedule of delivery of any services, classes or other instruction or experiences. Masks must be worn when inside Moody Music Building regardless of vaccination status. Only infants/toddlers in Our Time and Village Kindermusik classes are exempt (due to their age).

Enrollment – SPRING, 2022

In-person lessons will occur Spring, 2022 with most teachers. Some teachers may still opt for distance teaching or a hybrid of distance/in-person.  The format of your lesson (in-person/distance) will depend on your selected lesson teacher and UA guidelines.  Kindermusik, Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra, Adult String Orchestra will all be in-person. Be sure to read the policy page regarding attendance and Covid-19 mandates before enrolling. See the ABOUT tab above for calendar information. Email for more information.

About Us

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 500 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 include the Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra, Adult String Orchestra, and various trios/quartets and smaller chamber ensembles. Lessons, classes and ensembles are open for enrollment year-round, with summer options also including a strings camp (Middle School/High School), and a beginning level children’s musical (ages 6-12Y).

The Community Music School offers classes, lessons, and ensembles for any age or ability in a wide range of instruments. We offer outreach to the general public including private lessons, group classes, ensembles, and Kindermusik. These non-credit activities are for all ages and all levels of ability. The Community Music School can help you reach your musical goals. Select the Programs tab at the top of the page to learn about all of the resources we offer.

Online enrollment for SPRING 2022 is open now!