Welcome to Community Music School!


All CMS lessons and group classes will occur via distance method until further notice. Tuscaloosa Youth Orchestra and Kindermusik will not be offered until we can return to in-person meetings – please check back in March! The CMS office staff is working via distance. Email is the primary method of communication: jweigel@ua.edu   Spring 2021 Calendar: Be sure to look at the new dates (calendar tab above) before enrolling.


UA will mandate method of instruction for lessons/classes/ensembles – in person or via distance (computer, laptop, or phone) for the spring session.  For spring session CMS lessons, and adult string technique classes will be at distance via 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. Do not enroll until you know the method of instruction for your activity. As with all University of Alabama faculty/instructors, your CMS lesson teacher remains committed to providing a meaningful engagement that is pedagogically sound within the new format. We remain hopeful for a return to in-person instruction Summer, 2021: lessons, string camp, children’s musical camp, adult string orchestra, and Kindermusik.

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!

Spring 2021 online enrollment is open. Enroll here.