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Individual Lessons


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Flute lesson with Carolyn Hoyer

Individual music lessons are currently offered online and in-person at the Community Music School preparing students to express themselves musically and acquire the skills necessary to successfully participate in ensembles, perform in public, and enjoy a lifelong love of music.    

The Community Music School offers private music lessons for all ages, levels, and abilities.  Students meet for one-on-one weekly sessions with CMS instructors.  Music lessons are available on all instruments of the band and orchestra, piano, guitar, harp, and voice.  When in-person lessons resume, they are offered at three St. Louis locations, including an after school partnership program with the St. Louis Public School District.    

How to Get Started:

 Once we receive the CMS enrollment form, our staff will send an email with instructions on how to set up a registration meeting during our Registration dates.  Currently, registration meetings are held online on Zoom.  Students that enroll after the scheduled Registration Dates can still register for classes at a pro-rated rate but availability may be limited.

Registration & Session Dates:

Semester Registration Dates Session Dates
Fall 2020  August 8 - 13, 2020 (online)  August 15 - January 9, 2021
Spring 2021 January 9 - 14, 2021 January 19 - May 28, June 5 & 7
Summer 2021 June 12 - 17, 2021 June 19 - August 2, 2021


Lessons are offered for the following:

Instrument Youngest Beginning Lesson Age
Piano 6
 Guitar 6
 Violin* 7-8
 Viola* 7-8
 Cello* 7-8
 Double Bass 7-8
 Flute 9-10
 Clarinet 9-10
 Oboe 9-10
 Bassoon 9-10
 Saxophone 9-10
 Horn 9-10
 Trumpet 9-10
 Low Brass 9-10
Percussion 9-10
Voice 12
Theory Reading age
Composition 12

 * The Suzuki Program can take students ages 4-7.  Please click here for more details about the Suzuki program.

What you need to be successful: 

  • Your own instrument and/or regular access to an instrument for practice.  A traditional piano is preferred for piano students and is essential after the first semester of lessons.
  • A video conferencing platform is required for online lessons (i.e. Zoom, Facetime, Google Hangouts, WebEx, Skype)
  • Be prepared to attend lessons weekly with instruments in good order. 
  • Regular practice and attendance are essential to music study. 
  • Students are encouraged to attend CMS master classes, workshops, concerts, and recitals when available.  These educational opportunities are designed to enhance learning and students' progress. 

Tuition and Fees

Lesson Length Fall 2020 (18 weeks) Summer (6 weeks)
30-minute lesson/week $621/semester $207
45-minute lesson/week  $927/semester  $309
60-minute lesson/week  $1242/semester  $414


Annual Registration Fee:

A non-refundable registration fee of $30 is assessed once per academic year per student upon enrollment.  

St. Louis Public School Partnership Program

The St. Louis Public School District and the Community Music School of Webster University have partnered to offer individual lessons after school for voice and band instruments. This program is designed to support and supplement the existing music programs in the school. Students participating in the program receive weekly lessons throughout the school year and perform on an end of the year recital.

The St. Louis Public School District Partnership program is currently offered at McKinley Classical Leadership Academy.  It is our hope that with additional funding the CMS can expand the program to additional students and schools.  For more information please call (314) 968-5939.

Find out more:

  • Tuition Rates & Fees
  • Financial Assistance & Scholarships 

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