Registration is open for fall music lessons at the University of Central Arkansas Community School of Music.

According to Smokey Emerson, Community School of Music director, for more than 26 years, the Community School of Music has offered exceptional musical training and instruction to children and adults in the Central Arkansas area. The faculty of the Community School consists primarily of UCA Music faculty and selected graduate and undergraduate students, along with adjunct instructors who are professional musicians and teachers.

Registration information is available at, 501-450-3672 or email Teresa Bumgarner at Regular office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the CSM office in the UCA Snow Fine Arts Center, Room 203. Lessons begin Aug. 28.

Private instruction is offered in piano, voice, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, Suzuki violin, ukulele and all band and orchestral instruments. Tuition for private lessons varies depending upon the level of the instructor and costs are listed on the CSM website at

This fall CSM is offering a Beginning Guitar Class for ages 14 and up. The class will focus on equipping new guitar students with basic techniques: playing chords/chord progressions, proper picking/strumming technique, scales and playing melodies. The class is designed to be a fun environment to get beginners started playing the guitar.

CSM is also offering the Little Mozart Pre-Piano Class. This six-week class is for children grades K-2 and is a fun introduction to the keyboard and an excellent way to determine readiness for piano lessons.

Private and group lessons are taught in the Alexander Technique by Cliff Hicks, a member of the American Society for the Alexander Technique and a certified instructor for more than 20 years. CSM group lessons are offered at an extreme bargain to introduce people to the technique. Classes will meet on Sundays at 2 p.m. for four weeks from 2-3 p.m. in Snow Fine Arts 316. Teachers, athletes, office workers, performing artists, and people from every walk of life have used the technique for prevention and recovery from injury and repetitive motion strain, end tension headaches, and to promote endurance. Additional information is available at, and at

The UCA College of Fine Arts and Communication includes the Departments of Art, Music, and Film, Theatre and Creative Writing as well as the School of Communication. The college’s primary mission is the preparation of the next generation of artists, educators and communicators. For more information about CFAC, visit or call 501-450-3293.