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Community School for the Arts: Traditional Music Lessons


The Community School for the Arts (CSA) offers lessons on all major orchestral instruments (wind/brass/percussion/strings), piano, guitar, and voice. 

Lessons are taught by Illinois State University upper-class or graduate music students who have taken courses in pedagogy. All CSA teachers are recommended by Illinois State faculty and have passed a background check.

Typically, lessons are taught on campus, either in Old Union or Cook Hall. Teachers will communicate the location and any required materials.

Private Lessons

Summer 2023

All lessons will be taught in person for Summer 2023. Zoom lessons may be offered if requested by the family or as a substitute if either the teacher or student is ill when both parties agree to this as a form of make-up lesson.

Summer Session 1 (6 lessons): May 22-June 30

Summer Session 2 (6 lessons): July 1-August 12

Lesson days/times are arranged individually between the teacher and student. Late registrations will be prorated in the form of a refund. Students canceling after the first day of the session will be fully refunded minus a $30 processing fee. Contact Dr. Katherine Lewis if you have any questions about registration.


  • 30-minute lessons: $120/6 week summer session
  • 45-minute lessons: $165/6 week summer session
  • 60-minute lessons: $210/6 week summer session

*A 5% discount is available to families enrolling their second child or lessons on a second instrument through CSA. This discount is only available to families who pay in full at the time of registration.

Register for lessons

Illinois State University is following current coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance from the State of Illinois and the CDC and may need to adjust the program (e.g. delivery mode, group size, or location) on short notice. Any changes will be communicated to those participating as soon as we are able. Prices are the same for both in-person lessons and those delivered on Zoom.

General Information and Policies

Who Can Enroll?

Private lessons are offered to students age five through adults for weekly private 30-minute, 45-minute, or 1-hour lessons.


Student are required to provide their own instruments for lessons and practice (pianos and some percussion instruments are provided for lessons). Vocalists may be required to pay an accompanist fee for the final performance.

Students may also be required to purchase music assigned by their instructor.

Locations and Attendance

On campus lessons are taught in either Cook Hall or Old Union as communicated by the teachers.

In the event of absence, notify the teacher directly. One make-up lesson is granted each session for excused absences, provided at least 24 hours (or as much notice as possible) is given. Sporting practices/events and family vacations are not considered excused absences. Be certain to make appropriate arrangements if you plan to be absent.

In the case of poor weather conditions or mild illness by either party, in person lessons may be held on Zoom. If the University closes due to inclement weather, lessons will not be held or made up.

Please listen to WGLT radio (89.1 FM) for updates.