Community Music School
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
250 River Road, Room 230
Athens, GA 30602-7287
(706) 542-2894 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon. 10 - 2 and 4 - 6
Tues. 10 - 3
Wed. 4 - 6
Thurs. 10 - 2 and 4 - 6
(alternate hours available by appointment)
Individual (Private) Lessons
CMS offers year-round registration for all types of private lessons. Private lessons are offered for piano, guitar, voice, recorder, harp, percussion, string, woodwind, and brass instruments, as well as theory and composition. Private lessons are open to students of all ages including high school students, college students, adults, and seniors.
For most instruments, including jazz mallets and drumset, instruction can begin as early as age 7 through to adults. Jazz and rock lessons on guitar, bass, and woodwinds are available for students age 13 - adult, while Suzuki violin, viola, cello and guitar lessons can begin as early as 4 years old. Students as young as 6 years old can enroll in our Keyboard Kids piano curriculum. CMS does not offer private instruction in voice before age 13.
Students are required to purchase or rent an instrument for home practice and to bring to lessons. Please talk to the CMS director if you need assistance renting or purchasing an instrument. Students enrolling in the Suzuki program should NOT rent or purchase an instrument prior to the first lesson.
Students may register for 30 minute, 45 minute, or 1-hour lessons. Students will receive one lesson each week throughout our Fall and Spring semesters. Fees vary according to lesson length. Students will receive 28 private lessons throughout the academic year. While late registration may be possible for some instruments, registration deadlines are enforced for our Keyboard Kids and Suzuki violin programs.
Please note registration deadlines so you don't miss out!
Once your registration and payment are received, each student will be assigned a private teacher who will consult directly with the student to schedule the weekly lesson time at the start of each semester. Although CMS faculty make every effort to schedule lessons at mutually convenient times, lesson times cannot be guaranteed. CMS has both a No-Refund and No Make-Up Policy. Please be sure your family is not overscheduled and that you have sufficient time for weekly lessons and daily practice in your schedule before registering.
Before registering, and for additional requirements and information, please visit our Policies for All Students page and continue reading for ways to ensure you get the most out of your investment in private lessons at the Community Music School.
CMS also offers a Summer Session of lessons. Our Summer session is much more flexible and varies in length. Additional information can be found on our Summer page.
All CMS private lessons are held in the School of Music building by CMS faculty.
Please visit the following pages for additional information before registering for Private lessons in the Community Music School: