UCA Community School of Music

Celebrating 26 years of providing exceptional music instruction in Central Arkansas!

Click on our Registration link for complete information and an online registration form.  Current students will receive an email soon about Fall registration.  If you're a new student, contact us by email or phone. 

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 are held throughout the school year on Sunday afternoons, 2-3pm.   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.  Classes begin again in September.   Terrie Shires

 

  • 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) – About to begin our 20th 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 two years, VOCA has performed with the Conway Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Ballet, the Conway Men’s Chorus, in a professional production of A Christmas Carol,  and in concert at Carnegie Hall.  In addition to the Choristers training choir and Concert Choir for grades 3-9, we have an excellent intergenerational Youth Choir for 10-12th graders and UCA music students under the VOCA umbrella.     AUDITIONS FOR NEW MEMBERS:  Thursday, Aug. 6, 3:30-6:30pm.  Call our director at 816-718-9200 to schedule your audition!  For additional details about our auditions and our program, go to https://uca.edu/csm/central-arkansas-childrens-choir/ and check us out on vocasings.com.    S. Cook-Cunningham; SFA 107, 125, 316.

 

 

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 August 6 for new students.  Go to the VOCA/CACC link for more information.  Annual Tuition:  $225
Little Mozart Pre-Piano Instruction - for grades K-2.  Maximum class size - 6 students.  Tuition $90.  Classes begin in the fall on Tuesdays, 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 TBA, SFAC 316.
Beginner Guitar Classes - 6:30-7:30pm Thursday nights  Tuition $128.  The instructor will collect a $7 materials fee at first lesson.
Beginner Adult Guitar Classes - 7-8:30pm Monday nights   Tuition $150   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 Private Lesson Tuition

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