The Community Music School of Webster University has been offering outstanding music education and performance opportunities to students of all ages and abilities in the St. Louis region since 1925.
- Early Childhood Classes (including Kindermusik®)
- Suzuki Strings Program
- Individual Lessons
- McKinley After School Program
- Orchestras & Ensembles
- Preparatory Program for advanced students
- NEW! Popular Songwriting Group Class
- Summer Camps and Workshops
- Young Composers Competition
- Explore Music! Community Events
CMS instructors and conductors are professional musicians who are also master educators. They are evaluated on a regular basis, and more than 85% have advanced degrees. Faculty Biographies
CMS has convenient locations in Webster Groves and Chesterfield. Our headquarters on the Webster University campus includes 15 teaching studios, two rehearsal halls, and a 470-seat concert hall. Learn More
Need-based tuition assistance, as well as endangered instrument awards, family and multiple instrument discounts, orchestra student discount, and artistic merit scholarships are available. Learn More
Monthly recitals give individual lesson students the chance to polish and perform music for others - building goal-setting skills and performance poise. In addition, CMS offers multiple orchestras, ensembles, and chamber music for school-aged musicians.
Masterclasses and Coachings
Through Webster University, the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Louis Classical Guitar Society, Chamber Project Saint Louis, and other local partners, CMS students periodically have the opportunity to participate in or observe masterclasses or coaching sessions with nationally and internationally renowned artists, such as Pinchas Zuckerman, violin; Ron Leonard, cello; Gabrielle Cassone, trumpet; Keith Aleo, percussion; Emanuel Ax, piano; and many more.
CMS students benefit through our partnerships with the Webster University Department of Music, the St. Louis Symphony, The Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis Public School District, and other arts and community organizations. The CMS is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and benefits from membership in the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Learn more
Community Music School News & Events
New CMS Preparatory Program Scholarship Competition Sponsored by Classic 107.3
August 27, 2021
Community Music School Adds New Faculty for 2021-2022
July 19, 2021
Farewell to longtime CMS faculty member Robert Souza
May 28, 2021
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St. Louis, MO 63119