Welcome to Community Music School!


As of March 13, 2020 UA has mandated a shift to alternative methods of instruction (via computer, laptop, or phone), until further notice . CMS activities will shift to use of videoconferencing apps such as Zoom. Zoom does not require you (the CMS student) to have an account (it is FREE for you!) and a link with directions on how to connect will be sent to you by your CMS teacher for access to your CMS activity via your phone, tablet, or computer. If you do not have access to a computer, your lesson can occur via your phone (FaceTime, etc.). Your private lesson teacher will contact you directly to give you further instructions for lessons to begin again the week of March 30.  Students enrolled in group activities such as Kindermusik, Youth Orchestra, and Adult String Orchestra will receive emails from their class/ensemble teachers. The spring session will end in May (no activity/lesson may be shifted to another semester). Students who choose not to complete the session via the alternative method of instruction forfeit their lessons/class (ie no refunds). As with all University of Alabama faculty/instructors, your CMS teacher remains committed to providing a meaningful engagement that is pedagogically sound within the new format.

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 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).

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. Join us!

Summer, 2020 enrollment will open mid-April. Enroll here.