UCA Community School of Music

Celebrating 25 years of providing exceptional music instruction in Central Arkansas!

We accept new private students and start group classes throughout the semester.  Click on our Registration link for complete information and a Spring registration form.  Current students just need to contact us by phone or email to continue their lessons from the fall.  If you're a new student, contact us by email or phone.  We accept students for private lessons throughout the semester on a pro-rated basis.

Music  Instruction for Children, Teens, and Adults

Music lessons help children build confidence and communication skills, develop focused listening skills and foster creativity.  Neural paths in the brain are developed that might never be established otherwise.  Adults can improve or learn new skills and keep their brains active in a new way.  Research also seems to indicate that when the elderly take music lessons, anxiety and depression are reduced.  It is rarely too early and never too late to begin.  Music is good for every age, and we accept students at any point in the semester!

  • Private instruction is available for students of all ages and ability levels in piano, voice, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, harp (on demand) and most band and orchestral instruments.  Tuition costs depend upon the level or type of instruction you or your family member prefer.  Students receive a  weekly lesson (30, 45 or 60 minutes).  Our instructors are professionally trained in the technique and repertoire of their instrument.  Recital performance is available at the end of each semester with the approval of the instructor.   A list of instructors is available on our "Instructors" link. Tuition costs are listed below by level of instructor.

 

  • Alexander Technique Lessons (private and group):  For performers and non-performers alike – students develop skills to aid in the prevention or reduction of injuries, lessen bouts of tension headaches, overcome repetitive strain, promote endurance and help access new reserves of power and expression.  Group classes begin Sunday, Feb. 8, 2-3pm in SFAC 316. Both private and group classes are available; check our link for additional tuition information, including our Free Trial lesson offer.  Rates vary depending upon number of classes – we offer both a student discount and a UCA employee discount and have lowered our tuition costs for 5 or 13 lessons. Email cliffordhicks@me.com  to set up a Free Trial lesson or for additional information. Instructor: Cliff Hicks

 

 

  • Little Mozart Pre-Piano Class:  This 6-week group class is for the child in grades K-2 this year.  A fun introduction to the keyboard and an excellent program to determine readiness for piano lessons. Tuesday, 5:00-5:30pm.  First class, February 24, 5-5:30. Terrie Shires

 

  • Music Reading 101:  Four weekly classes for students who want to learn to read music and understand the basics of music theory and what all those black marks mean!  Group Instruction:  For students age 16 and up.  Classes begin February 2: Monday evenings, 6:15pm-7:10pm.  Mariana Aun

 

  • Suzuki Violin is an excellent option for the younger child. Children learn music just as they learn their own language, through listening, encouragement, and repetition in practice.  Monday evenings; for children ages 4 and up.  Private instruction with occasional group lessons included after the first semester.  Catherine Becker.

 

  • Voices of Central Arkansas (VOCA) – Now in its 19th year, our Award-winning Choral Ensemble program promotes musical literacy and performance by providing a challenging, high quality, choral experience for its members.  In the past year, VOCA has performed with the Conway Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Ballet, the Conway Men’s Chorus and in concert at Carnegie Hall.  In addition to the Choristers training choir and Concert Choir for grades 3-9, we have an excellent Youth Choir for 10-12th graders under the VOCA umbrella.      See audition details and news of upcoming performances at https://uca.edu/csm/central-arkansas-childrens-choir/ and check us out on vocasings.com.                                  S. Cook-Cunningham,C. Marten; SFA 107, 125, 316.

 

NEW OFFERINGS!!  We are now taking registrations for the Intro class Petting Zoo for Homeschool students!

  • Homeschool Petting Zoo:  Students from 5-18 will have the opportunity to try out different band instruments, learn about music theory and note reading in our keyboard lab, and develop musical skills through singing and games during several introductory classes on each topic.  All our classes will be taught by members of the UCA faculty.  5 introductory trial classes will be offered for each course: only $20 for all or $5 per class.  Tuition for each course (4-8 classes each) will run between $30 and $50.  Try one or all and see which class - or classes - best fit your needs.  Fully developed classes will continue after the introductory classes are completed.  Check out these offerings:   
  1.    Wind Instrument Exploration:  A petting zoo of instruments!  Come and explore sound production and learn a basic song on various wind instruments and see which instrument might be best for you.   Classes are limited to four students due to number of instruments but more than one session will be held if more than four students register.  Instructor:  Christine Gossett; Intro class Feb.24 at 3:30pm, SFAC 316  To be rescheduled.
  2.    Musicing for All (General Music Class for grades K-2 or 3-5):  Develop musicianship, including literacy, through movement, composition, and improvisation - using all types of instruments and current technology.   Instructor: Christine Gossett; Intro class Feb.19 at 2:30pm, SFAC 316
  3.    Music Reading 101 for Grades 6-12:   An inter-active introduction to the basic fundamentals of music, in which students learn basic music theory with clapping, foot-tapping, rhythmic singing, and the visual aid of a keyboard. The goal is to develop a musical vocabulary and develop reading skills that can be used across instruments and singing. This can enhance existing aural musical skills or build a strong foundation that will prepare the student for further musical study if they should so choose. Classes for grades 6-8 and 9-12 will be available.  The class will study all of the “basics” from rhythm to foundational harmony.  Instructor:  Mariana Aun; Intro Feb. 24, 2:30pm, SFAC 134A - Piano Lab  To be rescheduled.
  4.    Rhythmic Extravaganza:   This class, for students in grades 6-12, will focus on the study of the various aspects of rhythm using a combination of junk percussion (buckets, trash cans, etc.), body percussion (clapping, stomping, beat-boxing) and actual percussion instruments (shakers, drums, cowbells) to emulate world rhythms and create a variety of group-wide “grooves.”  Not only will the student develop sensitivity to time and beat and learn different types of rhythms, they will also develop skills essential to an ensemble member:  following directions, cooperating with one another, and listening critically in a musical setting. The class will culminate in a group performance at the end of the semester. Instructor:  Mariana Aun; TBA
  5.    Musical Theater Fundamentals:  Learn some of the basics of preparing a theatrical song for an audition or performance.  Helpful instructions that include the proper training and use of the voice, along with the development of certain musical and theatrical techniques, will assist the student in preparing and performing a musical number (or numbers!) at the end of the semester.  Instructor: Ruthann Curry Browne  Time: TBA

 

Tuition costs are listed below.  Private lesson costs are based on the education and experience level of the instructor.  The faculty of the UCA Community School of Music is made up of current members of the faculty of the UCA Department of Music, visiting instructors, and selected graduate and undergraduate music students recommended by our faculty members. 

* INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

If the UCA Campus closes for inclement weather, the CSM office will be closed.  Lessons will be canceled out of concern for the safety of our students and teachers, due to potentially hazardous road conditions related to the winter weather expected.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.  If conditions improve and streets are clear after a closing has been announced, you may contact your teacher or your teacher may contact you about possibly having lessons.  Otherwise, enjoy the time off and be safe if you must get out.

You can find closings listed on the state news channels and thecabin.net.  You may see if UCA is closed on the UCA website, uca.edu.

 

GROUP TUITION COSTS:

 GROUP INSTRUCTION
Voices of Central Arkansas - and outstanding choral experience for students in grades 3-12. Auditions throughout January for new students.  Go to the VOCA/CACC link for more information.
Little Mozart Pre-Piano Instruction - for grades K-2.  Maximum class size - 6 students.  Tuition $90.  Classes begin Tuesday, 2/10/15, at 5pm.  A $15 materials fee is due at the first class. SFAC 134A
Alexander Technique Classes - 2pm Sundays, 4 weeks  Tuition $75  Group Classes begin February 8, SFAC 316.
Beginner Guitar Classes - 6:30 Thursday nights, 10 weeks  Tuition $125.  The instructor will collect a $7 materials fee at first lesson, 2/12/15. SFAC 125
 Music Reading 101 -  Mondays, 6:15-7:10pm   Tuition $70   Classes begin Feb 2.

 

PRIVATE INSTRUCTION - Fall or Spring, based on 13 weeks of lessons.
Tuition costs already include the $20 registration fee.
 

Rank of Instructor

Undergraduate

Graduate

Visiting or

Part-time Faculty

Full-time

Faculty

Private

13 weeks

13 weeks

13 weeks

13 weeks

30 min.         $157     $202          $306    $352
45 min.         $222     $283          $443    $514
1 hour         $267     $355          $566    $660

SUZUKI VIOLIN TUITION:  30 minutes weekly, $280; 45 minutes weekly $387;   1 hour $495

 

During the Fall or Spring, students may register for lessons after the semester begins, depending upon availability, and tuition will be pro-rated.  Tuition costs starting at the 10-week point or 6-week point are listed below.   A $20 registration fee is included in the 10 week tuition; a $10 reg. fee is included in the 6-week tuition.

Rank of Instructor

Undergraduate

Graduate

Visiting or

Part-time Faculty

Full-time

Faculty

Private

10 weeks

10 weeks

10 weeks

10 weeks

30 min.         $125     $160           $240    $280
45 min.         $175     $222           $335    $390
1 hour         $210     $278           $440    $512

 

Rank

Undergraduate

Graduate

Visiting or

Part-time Faculty

Full-time

Faculty

Private

6 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

30 min. $74 $94 $142 $164
45 min. $104 $132 $206 $238
1 hour  $124 $165  $262 $306

 

 

Summer tuition costs.

Rank 

Undergraduate

    Graduate   

  Suzuki

          Violin       

Visiting or

Part-time Faculty

          Full-time  

        Faculty 

Private

6 wks

5 wks 4 wks

6 wks

5 wks 4  wks

6 wks

5 wks 4 wks

6 wks

5 wks 4 wks

6 wks

5 wks 4 wks
30 min.

$74

 63  52

$94

 80  66

$131

111  92

$144

 122  100

$164

 138  112
45 min.

$104

 88  72

$129

 111  91

$185

 156  128

$206

 173  140

$238

 200  162
1 hour

$130

 110  90

$166

 140  114

$236

 198  161

$262

 220  178

$306

 257  207