Individual Lessons | Webster University

Individual Lessons


Flute lesson with Carolyn Hoyer

Individual music lessons at the Community Music School prepare students to express themselves musically and acquire the skills necessary to successfully participate in ensembles, perform in public, and enjoy a lifelong love of music.    

The Community Music School offers private music lessons for all ages, levels, and abilities.  Students meet for one-on-one weekly sessions with CMS instructors.  Music lessons are available on all instruments of the band and orchestra, piano, guitar, harp, and voice.  Lessons are offered at four St. Louis locations, including an after school partnership program with the St. Louis Public School District.    

How to Get Started:

Our walk-in registration sessions allow staff members to consider a student's background, personality, personal motivation and goals, as well as specific needs or requirements, to place the student with the most appropriate instructor.  A complete list of registration dates, times and locations can be found here.

Registration & Session Dates:

Semester Registration Dates Session Dates
Fall 2019 August 3 - 8, 2019 August 17, 2019 - January 8, 2020
Spring 2020  January 4 - 9, 2020  January 21 - June 8, 2020
Summer 2020  June 13 - 18, 2020  June 19 - August 1, 2020


Can't make it to a registration session?  Click here to give us some information and one of our staff members will contact you.

Lessons are offered for the following:

Instrument Youngest Beginning Lesson Age
Piano 6
 Guitar 6
 Violin* 7-8
 Viola* 7-8
 Cello* 7-8
 Double Bass 7-8
 Flute 9-10
 Clarinet 9-10
 Oboe 9-10
 Bassoon 9-10
 Saxophone 9-10
 Horn 9-10
 Trumpet 9-10
 Low Brass 9-10
Percussion 9-10
Voice 12
Theory Reading age
Composition 12

 * The Suzuki Program can take students ages 4-7.  Please click here for more details about the Suzuki program.

What you need to be successful: 

  • Your own instrument and/or regular access to an instrument for practice.  A traditional piano is preferred for piano students and is essential after the first semester of lessons.
  • Be prepared to attend lessons weekly with instruments in good order. 
  • Regular practice and attendance are essential to music study. 
  • Students are encouraged to attend CMS master classes, workshops, concerts, and recitals.  These educational opportunities are designed to enhance learning and students' progress. 

Tuition and Fees

Lesson Length Fall/Spring (18 weeks each) Summer (6 weeks)
30-minute lesson/week $612/semester $204
45-minute lesson/week  $918/semester  $306
60-minute lesson/week  $1224/semester  $408


Annual Registration Fee:

A non-refundable registration fee of $30 is assessed once per academic year per student upon enrollment.  

St. Louis Public School Partnership Program

The St. Louis Public School District and the Community Music School of Webster University have partnered to offer individual lessons after school for voice and band instruments. This program is designed to support and supplement the existing music programs in the school. Students participating in the program receive weekly lessons throughout the school year and perform on an end of the year recital.

The St. Louis Public School District Partnership program is currently offered at McKinley Classical Leadership Academy.  It is our hope that with additional funding the CMS can expand the program to additional students and schools.  For more information please call (314) 968-5939.

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