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. Typically, lessons are taught on campus, either in Old Union or Cook Hall. Your teacher will communicate the location and what materials are needed for lessons. As of March 2020, all CSA lesson instruction is currently occurring ONLY online.
CSA is offering online-only lessons for Summer 2020. Students may enroll in Session 1 (May 11 – June 21) and/or Session 2 (June 22 – August 2). Alternate schedules may be arranged individually between a student and teacher.
*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.
Grace Zimmerman (Masters)
Rhoda Roberts (Senior)
Paris Roake (Sophomore)
Hunter Thomas (Junior)
Jackson Miller (Junior)
Ben Wyland (Senior)
Brian Zielinski (Senior)
Andrea McAfee (Junior)
Eric Caldwell (Junior)
AJ Nemsick (Senior)
Derek Zimmerman (Senior)
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.
Lessons are typically held in Old Union 212 or in the Cook Hall basement on the campus of Illinois State University. Your private instructor will tell you where to meet for the first lesson. 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 due to school break. A lesson missed because bad weather prevents student travel may be made-up if time permits. If the University closes due to inclement weather, lessons will not be held or made-up.
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