Community Music School
Hugh Hodgson School of Music
250 River Road, Room 230
Athens, GA 30602-7287
Individual (Private) Lessons
CMS offers year-round registration for all types of private lessons. Private lessons are offered for piano, guitar, voice, percussion, string, woodwind, and brass instruments, as well as theory and composition. Private lessons are open to students of all ages including elementary-aged students, high school students, college students, adults, and seniors.
For most instruments, instruction can begin as early as age 7. Suzuki violin, viola, and guitar lessons can begin as early as 4 years old and 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.
While most instruction is classically-based, CMS teachers have diverse backgrounds in other styles of music, and are open to working on repertoire of all types. Regardless of the type of music studied, the mechanics and technical aspects of playing an instrument (including voice) are constant. CMS does offer professional instruction in songwriting and non-classical piano.
Students are required to purchase or rent an instrument for home practice between lessons, and with the exception of piano and drums, are expected to bring their own instrument 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 and 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, teacher schedules fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. Fall and Spring registration is generally available by early July each year.
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. 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, primarily for existing CMS students. If you are interested in starting lessons as a new student to CMS during the summer semester, please contact the CMS office to determine availability and eligibility.
All CMS private lessons are held in the School of Music building.
Please visit the following pages for additional information before registering for Private lessons in the Community Music School: