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.


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

Financial Assistance

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

Performance Opportunities

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

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470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

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