Courses


Private Lessons

The Community Music School offers private instruction in a variety of instruments for students age 3 through adult. Lessons are given at the historic Burrell-King house located at 315 East College Street in Oberlin, Ohio. A one-on-one relationship with the teacher and consistent practice helps students become proficient in their instrument. A variety of performance opportunities are available to enhance students' musical education. Lessons are available in the following instrument and vocal areas: 

  • Bassoon
  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Double Bass
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Oboe
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice

Fall 2014 Semester dates: Lessons run from Monday, August 25, 2014 through Sunday, December 21, 2014. Fall Break is November 25 through November 30. Winter Break is December 22 through January 4. Makeup week is Monday, January 5 through Sunday, January 11. Please note: There will be no lessons on September 1, Labor Day. These lessons will be made up on Monday, November 24.
Spring 2015 Semester dates: Lessons run from Monday, January 12, 2015 through Sunday, May 10, 2015. Spring Break is Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. Makeup week is Tuesday, May 12 through Monday, May 18. Please note: There will be no lessons on January 19, MLK Day. These lessons will be made up on Monday, May 11.
Lessons are arranged at a time that works for both the teacher and the student.
Location: Burrell-King House (315 East College Street, Oberlin)
Tuition: Based on a 16-week semester
15 min lessons - $184
30 min lessons - $352
45 min lessons - $520
60 min lessons - $688


    Suzuki Lessons

    Offered for piano or strings (violin and cello). In addition to the weekly private lesson, children and parents will attend a group class where they will play games to reinforce musical and technical issues with the instrument. The group class will help create a strong incentive to practice. No prior musical experience is needed on the part of the parent or the child. Read more about the Suzuki method.

    Parent Orientation Classes

    Fall 2014 Session dates: 8/23, 9/6, 9/13, 9/20* (no class on 8/30 for Labor Day weekend)
    Spring 2015 Session dates:
    1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7*
    *A fifth session will be held for piano students at a mutually convenient time.
    Time: 10:00-10:45 a.m.
    Location: Burrell-King House (315 E. College St.)
    Tuition: Built into Suzuki lesson fees - no additional fees for this class.

    Suzuki Piano

    In addition to private lessons:
    Session includes: 4 - 60 min group classes (Sundays)
    Instructor: Katie Cross
    Location: Burrell-King House - 315 E. College Street, Oberlin
    Tuition: Based on a 16-week semester
    15 min lessons - $220
    30 min lessons - $388
    45 min lessons - $556
    60 min lessons - $724

    Suzuki Strings - Violin Group Classes

    In addition to private lessons:
    Session includes: 12 - 30 or 45 min group classes (Thursdays)
    Instructor: TBD
    Times: Pre-twinkle/Twinkle 6:00-6:30 p.m., Book 1 and 2 6:30-7:15 p.m.
    Location: Oberlin Early Childhood Center - 317 E. College Street, Oberlin
    Tuition: Based on a 16-week semester
    30 min lessons + PreTwinkle/Twinkle group class - $401
    30 min lessons + Book 1 and 2 group class - $426
    45 min lessons + Book 1 and 2 group class - $594

    Suzuki Strings - Cello Group Classes

    In addition to private lessons:
    Session includes: 5 - 45 min group classes (Saturdays - 9/13, 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8 - makeup date, if needed, 11/22)
    Instructor: Joanne Erwin
    Time: 11:00-11:45 a.m.
    Location: Burrell-King House - 315 E. College Street, Oberlin
    Tuition: Based on a 16-week semester
    30 min lessons - $393
    45 min lessons - $561
    60 min lessons - $729


    Musicianship and Music Theory

    New students to the music theory program will be asked to take a short diagnostic test at the first class to be sure that they are placed with students at a similar level.

    Music Theory II

    Teacher: Hannah Hammel
    Fall 2014 Session dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1 (no class 10/20 for Fall Break, makeup class 12/8, if needed)
    Spring 2015 Session dates: 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4 (no class 3/23 for Spring Break, makeup class 5/11, if needed)
    Session time: 6:10-6:55pm
    Location: Oberlin Conservatory, Bibbins 232 - 77 West College Street, Oberlin
    Tuition: $100 per semester ($63 per semester, for those enrolled in CMS private lessons)

    Theory II is designed for beginning theory students who are studying an instrument or voice privately. Students will work alone and in small groups to learn the fundamentals of music theory, rhythm, and ear training. This class will include music notation in treble and bass clef, time signatures, intervals, major and minor scales, building chords, ear training, and rhythmic notation.

    Music Theory III

    Teacher: Katelyn Emerson
    Fall 2014 Session dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1 (no class 10/20 for Fall Break, makeup class 12/8, if needed)
    Spring 2015 Session dates: 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20, 4/27, 5/4 (no class 3/23 for Spring Break, makeup class 5/11, if needed)
    Session time: 6:10-6:55pm
    Location: Oberlin Conservatory, Bibbins 213 - 77 West College Street, Oberlin
    Tuition: $100 per semester ($63 per semester, for those enrolled in CMS private lessons)

    This class is designed for students who have had previous theory study and are studying an instrument or voice privately. A placement test will be given at the beginning of each semester to determine areas of strength and weakness of those in the class. From there, a personalized curriculum will be devised for the students. Skills taught will include: music notation in treble and bass clef, time signatures, intervals, major and minor scales, building chords, ear training, rhythmic notation, and harmonic analysis.


    Musical Beginnings

    Musical Beginnings is a class for children 0 to 3 and their caregivers to allow children to learn music as a native language at the time when the brain is most ready for language development. Did you know many children will match pitch and copy rhythms before they are able to form words? In the first few years of life, the brain begins to shed unused neural pathways intended for language including pitch matching, complex rhythmic patterns, modal tonalities, etc. This is believed to be the reason it is much harder to learn music as an adult than as a child. By teaching how to sing in tune, move in time, and to audiate (to hear music internally), Musical Beginnings prepares children for any future musical studies they choose to pursue.

    Musical Beginnings activities are based on the research of Edwin Gordon, who has written extensively on brain development and early childhood music education.

    Instructor: Katie Cross
    Fall Session dates and times: Mondays 6:30-7:30 p.m., September 15 through December 1 (makeup class 12/8, if needed) - OR - Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., September 16 through December 2 (makeup class 12/9, if needed)
    Spring Session dates and times: Mondays 6:30-7:30 p.m., February 2 through April 27 (no class on 3/23 for spring break, makeup class 5/4, if needed) - OR - Tuesdays 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., February 3 through April 28 (no class on 3/24 for spring break, makeup class 5/5, if needed)
    Location: Burrell King House - 315 E. College Street, Oberlin
    Tuition: $96 per semester
    Enrollment: A minimum of 5 children is needed in order to hold the class. If there are fewer than 5 children in each of the classes, we will try to combine the two classes.


    MusicPlay

    MusicPlay, a program for children ages 3 to 5, introduces a variety of musical concepts through singing, moving, listening, describing, analyzing, and creating. Important social skills such as listening and sharing are developed in a nurturing environment. Classes are limited to 12 students.

    Parents will observe MusicPlay classes, which are taught by Samantha Smith and conservatory music-education students, and learn techniques for musical interaction that can be used at home or in a child-care setting.

    Instructor: Samantha Smith
    Fall Session dates: Tuesdays, September 2 through December 2 (no classes October 21 for Fall Break and November 25 for Thanksgiving Break, December 9 is a make-up date if needed)
    Spring Session dates: Tuesdays, February 3 through April 28 (no classes March 24 for Spring Break, May 5 is a make-up date if needed)
    Session times: 5-5:45 p.m. and 6-6:45 p.m.
    Location: Bibbins 237
    Tuition: $60 per semester


    Dalcroze Eurythmics

    Dalcroze eurythmics teaches rhythm and musical expression through singing and movement. It provides the background and solid music skills needed in order to study any instrument. Children will be divided by age into the following groups: Pre-K and K, grades 1-3 and grades 4-6.

    Instructor: Katie Cross
    Fall 2014 Session dates: 9/27, 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 12/6 (no class on 11/29 due to Thanksgiving holiday, makeup class 12/13 if needed).
    Spring 2014 Session dates: TBD
    Time: 10:00-10:30 a.m. (pre-K through first grade) and 10:30-11:00 a.m. (Grades 2-5)
    Location: Burrell-King House - 315 E. College Street, Oberlin
    Tuition: $75 per semester


    String Preparatory Program

    The String Preparatory Program provides group and private instruction for the beginning, elementary-school-aged string player. The program is designed to enrich playing experiences for the beginning string player. Classes are taught by Erwin and conservatory students.

    Instruments are available for rental through area music stores or for loan upon completion of a financial-need application.

    Director:  Joanne Erwin, professor of music education
    Fall Session dates: 9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4. (No spring prep classes on 10/23 for fall break and 11/27 for Thanksgiving.) A final concert will be held on December 11.
    Spring Session dates: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30. (No spring prep classes on 3/26 for spring break.) A final concert will be held on May 7.
    Session times: 5:00 - 5:45 p.m. for first year students and 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. for second year students.
    Tuition: $100 per semester


    Chamber Music

    The Oberlin Community Music School's highly successful chamber music program is an excellent way to work on sight-reading, rhythmic precision, communication and listening skills, while fostering a love for music. Small chamber groups of 2-5 students will be formed and will have weekly lessons from a master teacher of chamber music. This 10-week session will culminate with a chamber music concert to be held in various venues around Oberlin.

    Fall 2014 Session dates: The weeks of 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1 - 12/8 makeup week for chamber. (No chamber music coachings the week of November 24 for Thanksgiving.) Please note: exact day and time during these weeks will be determined at the student and coach's availability.Concert date TBA.
    Spring 2015 session dates: The weeks of 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 - 4/27 makeup week for chamber. (No chamber music coachings the week of March 23 for Spring Break.) Concert date TBA.
    Session times:
    Teacher and students will find a time on a weekly basis that works for all involved.
    Playing level: Students must have taken three to four years of private lessons to participate in Chamber Music. If a student is unknown to our teachers, an audition will be required.
    Location: Burrell-King House - 315 E. College Street, Oberlin)
    Tuition: $100 per semester 


    Computer Music

    The Community Music School is excited to announce the continuation of our collaboration with the TIMARA (Technology in Music and Related Arts) Department of Oberlin Conservatory.

    Does your son or daughter spend hours listening to music on headphones? Would you like them to learn how to create their own sound world and music with computers?

    Our new courses will be taught by Oberlin Conservatory TIMARA majors supervised by TIMARA faculty and will be for all ages: elementary (grades 3-5), middle-school (grades 6-8), and high-school (grades 9-12) students. Each age group will meet 1 hour per week for class instruction and individualized mentorship. These courses will teach your daughter or son how to use microphones, portable recorders, and audio editing software - all with the goal of empowering them to express their own sonic imagination and write computer-generated music. No previous experience/musical knowledge or special equipment is required. Classes will be limited to three students per age bracket. Read more about TIMARA about Oberlin.

    Fall classes held during the weeks of: 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 12/1 (makeup classes week of 12/8, if needed)
    Session Times: Grades 9-12: Wednesdays 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Grades 6-8: Tuesdays 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., Grades 3-5: Mondays 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Burrell King House - 315 E. College Street, Oberlin
    Tuition: $80 per semester

    Interested in taking lessons with us?

    Complete the Inquiry Form and you will be contacted by our office to answer questions about our programs. This does not commit you to enrolling, nor does it confirm availability in our programs. This is the first step for enrollment in any CMS private lesson or class offering.

     

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    Complete the Registration Form after you've been in contact with our office and teaching staff and are ready to enroll for a semester class or private lessons.


    Scholarships

    Scholarship application deadlines for the 2014-2015 school year are August 4, 2014 for returning students and August 15, 2015 for new students.

    Please note: Scholarship applications cannot be processed without proof of income.

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