Community Music School
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
250 River Road, Room 230
Athens, GA 30602-7287
(706) 542-2894



Lessons and Classes for
UGA Students and Adults

Calling all UGA Students:
Do you already play an instrument? Would you be interested in playing with others? Visit the UGA Chamber Music Society for more information.

Attention ALL Adults:
Are you in a band?
Do you have song ideas rattling around that could use some professional help? CMS offers lessons in songwriting and non-classical piano in addition to strings, brass, percussion, guitar, and voice. See our Private lesson page for more details. Some instruments have the option of graduate vs. professional instructors. See the Fees page for more information.


Classes open to Adults of all ages:

Fall 2017 registration deadline: August 28, 2017
Spring 2018 registration deadline: January 12, 2018


8 weeks of instruction + music
Fall: Sept. 11 - Nov. 3
Spring: Jan. 22 - March 23 (no class over UGA Spring Break)


For an additional $35, students can opt to take two 30-minute private lessons with the class instructor for individual attention outside of the classes listed below. Use this link to register, and choose the extra lesson option during the registration process.

Are you the parent of a student enrolled in CMS private lessons? Or, are you an adult student taking lessons on another instrument other than piano or guitar? How about doing something for yourself this semester? Enroll in any of the classes below and receive a
40% discount!! Tuition + music = $60

(Use this link to register. Discount will be taken off before check-out)


Beginning Piano Class
(For students who do NOT know how to read music and have little to no experience on the piano.)

Mondays, Tuesdays, OR Thursdays, 7 - 8pm

Intermediate Piano Class
(This class is designed for students who can read music and can play simple
melody and accompaniment pieces.)

Thursdays, 8 - 9pm

Beginning Guitar Class
(For students who do NOT read music and have little to no experience on the guitar.)

Students must provide their own guitar.
Mondays, OR Wednesdays 7 - 8pm

Intermediate Guitar Class
(For students who can read music and can play simple chord progressions.)
Students must provide their own guitar.
Wednesdays 8 - 9pm

Piano Maintenance and Technology
This class meets in Fall semesters only
No class Fall 2017
Tuesdays 6:30

This class is an interactive workshop "poking around under the hood of a variety of pianos." This practical course, designed for piano enthusiasts of all kinds, will cover piano nomenclature, how pianos work, what to consider when buying a new or used piano, how to care for your piano, an in-depth look at the services that piano technicians provide and communicating with your piano technician, as well as some basic piano maintenance skills. Students are expected to come to class prepared to participate from the first class, having already read at least the first chapter of the text, The Piano Book, 4th Ed, by Larry Fine, Brookside Press.

The purpose of the class is to aid the pianist in understanding:
~ the possibilities and constraints of the instrument
~ how a properly maintained piano feels and sounds
~ what they want in a piano and how to ask for it
~ how to buy and care for a piano
~ how to locate and assess the skills of a piano technician
~ ways to increase the comfort level and confidence that pianists have with their instrument

and to enhance the communication between pianists and piano technicians.

Classes open to UGA Undergraduates:

MUSI 1700/3700 Lessons for Academic Credit
for UGA Undergraduate students only

CMS offers private one-on-one instruction for academic credit for UGA undergraduate students on all instruments including strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, voice, guitar, and piano. This course is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters only and consists of 13 30-minute lessons and one seminar. For additional information and registration procedures, please visit www.


All classes meet in the Hugh Hodgson School of Music classrooms.

Please don't hesitate to contact us at 706-542-2894 or if you have any further questions.






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