479-575-6491 cms@uark.edu

Private Lessons

Do you see yourself playing in Madison Square Garden in front of a huge crowd of people?  Or maybe you see yourself playing just for fun in your own home? Or you need coaching to prepare for auditions or an upcoming performance? Whether you are looking to play professionally or casually, we have the right kind of lessons for you! We offer lessons across a variety of instruments and will match you with the right teacher to fit your needs.

The Community Music School offers 30, 45, and 60 minute lessons with a wide range of qualified and experienced instructors to match your level of experience.  If you’re a beginner, lessons with one of our undergraduate teachers will get you started on your musical journey.  If you’re an advanced instrumentalist or vocalist preparing for an audition or major event, lessons with our local pro’s or UA faculty can give you the added edge to perform better in your future performances.  So what are you waiting for?  Sign up for lessons today! CLICK HERE  to get started.


Our music theory lessons are tailored for all ages and levels of performance experience. Music theory provides a focused study of the basic building blocks of music–melody, harmony, rhythm, and form. Training in music theory is a valuable tool for amateur and professional musicians alike. Whether you are simply trying to get better at sight reading or want to explore contemporary methods of post-tonal analysis, taking lessons in music theory can help!

Composition lessons are now available for students of any age who can read music and have a basic knowledge of music theory. Possible areas of focus include songwriting, arranging, orchestration, and electronic music production. Preliminary assessment required by instructor.

Jeremy Allen is a regular guy committed to connecting with regular people through music. His concert works have been performed by internationally renowned performers and groups such as the Canton Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Emily Ondracek-Peterson (Voxare String Quartet), Natalie Lin (Kinetic Ensemble), HALO Ensemble and MOSAIC, among numerous others, and have been called “poetic,” “beguiling” and “mesmerizing” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has worked extensively with modern dance companies across the U.S., and has served as Inlet Dance Theatre’s Composer-In-Residence since 2010. His film music has been commissioned by institutions such as The Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Cleveland Institute of Art, and The LeBron James Family Foundation. He is also a two-time recipient of the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award (2012 and 2016). Jeremy is co-founder of FiveOne Experimental Orchestra (51XO), a Cleveland-based modern music chamber band committed to bridging the gap between pop culture and modern art music. He has taught theory and composition at University of Kentucky, Cleveland Institute of Music and John Brown University.

Eligibility: All ages are welcome
Dates: Spring 2019: Jan 7 – May 2   /   Recitals: May 5
Times: Monday through Saturday, as arranged between students and instructors.
Location: U of A Department of Music Facilities
Fees Based on Lesson Length & Level of Instruction:

30 Minutes:    Undergrad – $15    Grad/Local Pro – $20

45 Minutes:    Undergrad – $22    Grad/Local Pro – $29

60 Minutes:    Undergrad – $28    Grad/Local Pro – $38

Instruction from U of A Music faculty is also available upon approval. Rates vary by faculty member. Specify your interest in faculty instruction on your Inquiry Form (see link below) or email cms@uark.edu for more information.

Note: A $25 registration fee is assessed once each term for each student.

Tuition does not include printed music.

Prospective Students: Complete a Private Lesson Inquiry Form. Once we receive your information, we will contact you to set up lessons.
Returning Students: Complete a SPRING 2019 Enrollment Form and return to cms@uark.edu. NOTE: If your instructor is a faculty member, contact us for their specific enrollment form.
Payment: No payment is due with registration.  You will receive an invoice from the Treasurer’s Office for the full amount due. Payments are made directly to the Treasurer’s Office by check or credit/debit card. Payments may not be accepted by instructors or in the CMS office.
Private Lesson Policies: Click here to view /download a PDF of our private lesson policies.
 For More Information: Nastassja Riley, Private Lesson Coordinator – 479-575-6491 – cms@uark.edu