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 graduate or upper-class music students who have taken courses in pedagogy. All teachers are recommended by Illinois State faculty members.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), all wind/brass/voice lessons will be taught through Zoom only. String and piano students have the option for Zoom OR in-person lessons pending teacher availability.
Please note the following details for in-person lessons:
*A 5% discount is available to families enrolling their second child or lessons on a second instrument through CSA. However, this discount is only available to families who pay in full at the time of registration. Individual lesson days/times are determined between the instructor and the family.
Victoria Suich (Masters)
Rose Ortega (Zoom and in-person)
Shelby Fick (Zoom only)
Alex Hibbard-Brown (Zoom and in-person, 2nd session only)
Hunter Thoms (Zoom and in-person)
Jackson Miller (Junior)
Andrea McAfee (Junior)
Katherine Shindledecker (Masters)
AJ Nemsick (Senior)
Mary Monaghan (Masters)
Elliot Godinez (Masters)
*It is recommended that voice students be middle-school aged or older.
Private lessons are offered to students age five through adults for weekly private 1/2 hour, 45-minute, or 1-hour lessons.
Student musicians 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.
Please note that students may be required to purchase music assigned by their instructor.
Piano/string lessons may be held in-person starting summer 2021 in Centennial East classrooms during regular business hours Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. All wind/brass/voice lessons will be on Zoom only. String/piano lessons are subject to coronvirus (COVID-19) policies listed above. In the event of absence, notify the instructor 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.