Community Music Program

The Community Music Program (CMP) is an outreach effort sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Music to aspiring musicians of all ages in central Missouri. Our goal is to serve as a primary resource for high quality instruction and performance opportunities for students of all ages and stages of musical development. Music lessons offered through CMP are ideal for those individuals seeking individualized attention, musical challenges and enrichment beyond the usual large ensemble experience. Motivation and interest are the only entrance requirements.

MU students interested in teaching for CMP can email muasmusicoutreach@missouri.edu for more information.

CMP private lessons are taught on a weekly basis in School of Music buildings. Instruction will be provided by upper division, graduate music majors, or approved non-majors who study at the University of Missouri. Instructors are recommended by the applied faculty and are appointed to teach in the Community Music Program.

Students seeking instruction should contact the program coordinator, who will handle applications, fees, and pupil placement. The placement of students and schedule with an instructor is subject to instructor availability. In the event a teacher is not available, a waiting list will be maintained.

Scheduling of lessons is arranged directly between the instructor and pupil. Instructors will contact students by phone or email to schedule the lesson time. CMP does not provide instructional materials, music, instruments for rental, practice facilities, or accompanists. CMP students should seek the advice of their instructor before purchasing any materials or music. 

Mode of instruction: Students can choose to take online or in-person lessons.

Tuition is based upon the educational qualification of the instructor, length of lesson, and term of instruction. All fees are charged on a semester basis and payable before the start of lessons. Pro-rated tuition is available to those registering late. A $25.00 non-refundable fee is included for administrative and facility costs each session. Refunds are generally not given and may only be granted on approval from the Coordinator.

If you would like to be placed on a payment plan, please contact the program coordinator who will be able to help you make these arrangements. 

SUMMER 2021 - SUMMER 2022 Tuition Rates

Undergraduate Instructors

30 minutes

45 minutes 

1 hour

Graduate Instructors

30 minutes

45 minutes

1 hour  

Undergraduate Instructors  

30 minutes  

45 minutes  

1 hour

Graduate Instructors

30 minutes

45 minutes

1 hour  

13-Week Fall / Spring Session*

$259

$376

$493

13-Week Fall / Spring Session*

$285

$415

$545

8-Week Summer Session*

$169

$241

$313

8-Week Summer Session*

$185

$265

$345

Cost per lesson

$18 

$27

$36

Cost per lesson 

$20

$30 

$40

Cost per lesson

$18

$27

$36

Cost per lesson 

$20 

$30 

$40

*Total amount includes $25 administrative fee 

Payment

Only credit card payments are accepted, please email muasmusicoutreach@missouri.edu if this is an issue for you. A link to pay online with a credit card will be emailed to you after you fill out an application.
 

Requests for the IDEA scholarship can be made through the CMP application form.

All scholarship recipients will need to fill out this scholarship agreement form.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Scholarship (IDEAS) - The University of Missouri believes diversity is key to the lasting success of our institution and is at the core of the university’s mission. In alignment with this plan, we are pleased to offer the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Scholarship (IDEAS). Recipients of the IDEA scholarship will receive a full scholarship for 13x30min online lessons with either an undergraduate or graduate instructor. IDEAS is renewable each semester. However, students will need to resubmit a scholarship application.

Eligibility for IDEAS: 

Membership in a racial or ethnic minority group that is underrepresented in relation to the University's goal to achieve educational benefits of a diverse student body. More information: https://diversity.missouri.edu/our-work/inclusive-excellence-framework/

Age range: 

  • Strings: grade 6 - 12 
  • Band: grade 6 - 12 
  • Choral: grade 9 - 12 
  • Piano: grade 6 – 12 

Steps to apply:

1) Submit the CMP application form

2) Student Statement - To be considered for the IDEA scholarship, you will need to write a brief individual statement detailing your interest in music, goals you wish to achieve and any other information you would like the review panel to know. Parents/guardians may submit on behalf of the student. This statement can be submitted through the CMP application form or emailed to muasmusicoutreach@missouri.edu.

3) Teacher Recommendation - Applicants are also required to submit a letter of recommendation from a teacher (may be any discipline) outlining the students work ethic, interest in music and any other supporting information for the panel to review. Please include the teacher’s full name, subject area and school. Teacher recommendation letters can be emailed to muasmusicoutreach@missouri.edu.

Application Deadline: IDEAS applications for the Spring '22 CMP session will be accepted until January 24, 2022 or until all spots are filled, whichever is sooner. 20 scholarships will be offered for the Spring '22 session. Priority for 17 of the 20 scholarships will be given to Fall '21 IDEAS recipients that decide to renew their scholarship.

Requests for partial scholarships can be made through the CMP application form.

All scholarship recipients will need to fill out this scholarship agreement form.

Partial Scholarships - A limited number of partial scholarships are available for anyone that is able to partially pay for lessons. Partial scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis.

If you are applying for a partial scholarship you will need to write a short statement in the CMP application that could include any relevant financial information/reasons for potential hardship. Please indicate if there is a specific amount of scholarship you would like to request. 

2021-2022

Fall 2021 (13-week session) -  September 7 – December 10 (no lessons the week of Nov. 22)

Interim session (for current CMP students only) - Max of 6 lessons between 12/10/21 and 1/31/22

Spring 2022 (13-week session) - January 31 – May 7 (no lessons the week of March 27) 

Summer 2022 (8-week session) June 6 – July 31

End of Semester Concert (optional!): 

Fall 2021 Recital: Saturday, December 11, 2021  
Open dress rehearsal: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Concert times: 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, or 2:30 PM (overflow only)
Location: Whitmore Recital Hall

Spring 2022 Recital
: Saturday, May 7, 2022 
Open dress rehearsal: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Concert: 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, or 2:30 PM (overflow only)
Location: Whitmore Recital Hall

Past Recitals:

Spring 2020: Click here to watch the first ever virtual CMP recital! 

Fall 2020: Click here to watch the Fall '20 recital video!

Spring 2021: Click here to watch the Spring '21 recital video!

Interim/Spring '22 CMP Application
A registration confirmation and invoice email will be sent to you within two weeks after submitting an application.

To encourage student attendance and provide a stable income for instructors, students are required to pay their tuition in full for lessons on or before the first lesson. Throughout your enrollment in the CMP, students will be in direct contact with their instructor(s) to schedule lessons. If a student needs to change a scheduled lesson day/time, (s)he must give at least 24 hours notice to the instructor. Lessons cancelled without 24 hours' notice will not be made up, except in the case of a documented family or medical emergency, and CMP will not refund tuition for any such missed lessons. Instructors will notify the program coordinator immediately if an attendance problem arises, and students who miss two consecutive lessons without notice may have their enrollment in CMP terminated, without refund. PLEASE NOTE: With the exception of documented family or medical emergency circumstances, we cannot process refunds for CMP tuition once the semester has begun, and any lessons not completed by the end of the semester of enrollment will be forfeited. **If the campus transitions to online only classes at any time and CMP lessons need to be moved online for any reason, refunds will not be offered. The student will have the option to take online lessons or continue with lessons whenever in-person lessons resume.**

It is the instructor’s responsibility to attend the assigned private lesson each week. A “no show” or a frivolous cancellation on the instructor’s behalf is a violation of CMP policy. Upon the instructor’s first offense he/she will be required to meet with the program coordinator to discuss in detail the lapse of responsibility. The second offense may lead to an immediate termination of the instructor’s participation in the CMP, or further disciplinary action.

In the event of inclement weather, the Community Music Program follows the University of Missouri’s inclement weather policies. Suspension or cancellation of Community Music Program lessons, classes, or recitals due to inclement weather will be avoided whenever possible. However, cancellation may be made at the discretion of the instructor, and we encourage instructors, students, parents and/or legal guardians to exercise extreme caution in situations where weather conditions may pose any risk. In such cases where classes or lessons are canceled due to inclement weather, instructors must notify the Coordinator of Outreach and Community Programs, as well as the student, parent and/or legal guardian immediately. Make-up lessons, classes, and recitals will be scheduled by mutual agreement of the instructors and students, parents, and/or legal guardians and may be limited due to scheduling and facility constraints. The Coordinator of Outreach and Community Programs reserves the right to make final decisions about cancelling recitals or other group events due to inclement weather, as well as decisions about make-up lessons, classes, recitals, and any other program events.

Where do lessons take place? Are they online or in-person?
In-person lessons must take place either in the Fine Arts Building or the Sinquefield Music Center. Lessons can be online or in-person depending on your preference. You can select which mode of instruction you prefer in the application.

How does scheduling work?
The date/time of your lesson is decided between you and your instructor. Lessons are typically once a week. If you cannot find a mutual time for lessons with your instructor please email muasmusicoutreach@missouri.edu.

How do I pay for lessons?
A registration confirmation and invoice email will be sent to you within two weeks after submitting an application. This email will contain your invoice amount and the link to pay online with a credit card.

If I do not receive all of the lessons I registered for can they roll-over into the next session?
Yes, any lessons that went unused because of a conflict with either the instructor or student's schedule can be rolled over into the next session. Refunds are not typically offered for unused lessons. However, lessons cancelled without 24 hours notice will not be made up, except in the case of a documented family or medical emergency, and CMP will not refund tuition for any such missed lessons.

 

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