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Available for all ages

teacher leans over and points at music while student plays flute

Individual music lessons prepare students of all ages and abilities to express themselves musically and acquire the skills necessary to successfully participate in ensembles, perform in public, and enjoy a lifelong love of music.


How to Register for Lessons

CMS registers students for individual lessons on a continuous basis, but the bulk of registration happens the week before each 18-week semester.

Step 1: Complete the Individual Lesson Inquiry Form above.

Step 2: A CMS staff member will contact you. CMS has a registration period at the beginning of every semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).

Step 3: Meet with a CMS staff member.  This can be done virtually or in person and is where we learn more about the student, their interests, their goals in taking lessons, and their availability so that we can place you with the instructor that best fits your needs. 

CMS continues to register throughout the entire semester — so don't worry if you miss the registration period. Just complete the Lesson Inquiry Form and one of our staff will contact you.


Semester Registration Dates Semester Dates
Summer 2024 (6-week semester) June 8–12, 2024 June 15 - August 2, 2024
Fall 2024 (18-week semester) Aug. 3–7, 2024 August 10 - December 21, 2024
Spring 2025 (18-week semester) Jan. 4–8, 2025 January 11 - June 2, 2025

More Information

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

* The Suzuki Program takes students ages 4-7.

  • 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.
  • A video conferencing platform is required for online lessons (i.e., Zoom, Facetime, Skype)
  • 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 when available. These educational opportunities are designed to enhance learning and students' progress.

The Community Music School offers lessons at the following locations:

Webster Groves
CMS Center on the main campus of Webster University | 535 Garden Ave. | Webster Groves, MO  63119
Old Orchard Center in the Old Orchard Center in old Webster Groves | 23 S. Old Orchard Ave. | Webster Groves, MO 63119

Leon R. Strauss Center for Music in Faust Park | 14941 Olive Blvd. | Chesterfield, MO 63017

Not all instruments are available at all locations. Please discuss your preferred location with our staff.

Lesson Length Summer 2024
(6 weeks)
Fall/Spring Semester 2024-25
(18 weeks)
30-minute lesson/week $216 $648/semester
45-minute lesson/week $324 $972/semester
60-minute lesson/week $432 $1296/semester

Annual Registration Fee:

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

Financial Assistance is available including need-based tuition assistance as well as scholarships and discounts.