Private Lessons & Ensembles

Lessons & Classes

Private String Lessons

The Community Music Academy offers weekly private lessons in violin, viola, and cello from some of the best professional musicians and teachers in central Texas at an affordable rate. Students are expected to practice regularly and to bring a pencil and all assigned music to lessons.

  • All students taking private lessons perform on the CMA Solo Recitals twice each year.
  • Summer lessons begin in May and can be scheduled between you and your instructor. They need not be taken on consecutive weeks. 

Private Guitar Lessons

The Community Music Academy offers weekly private lessons in guitar at an affordable rate. Students are expected to practice regularly and to bring a pencil and all assigned music to lessons.

  • All students taking private lessons perform on the CMA Solo Recitals twice each year.
  • Summer lessons begin in May and can be scheduled between you and your instructor. They need not be taken on consecutive weeks.

Ensembles

CMA Youth Orchestra

The CMA Youth Orchestra program is open to all students taking private lessons in violin, viola, cello, or bass and to students who only wish to play in the orchestra. 

  1. There are three orchestra levels in the program: Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced.
  2. Students must attend the first rehearsal of the semester of the orchestra that seems appropriate for the student's skill level. Students will be evaluated at the first rehearsal and may be placed in another orchestra level.
  3. The fee is free for all students taking private lessons through the CMA or those who have graduated from the CMA outreach program.
  4. In addition to other community performance opportunities, all students participating in the youth orchestra program also perform on the CMA Ensembles Concerts twice each year.

Beginning Orchestra directed by Eliza Thomason

Qualifications: Graduate of Level I and II Outreach classes, or limited knowledge of note reading, A and D major only at entrance. A positive attitude and the commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances.

Intermediate Orchestra directed by Bethany Raynes

Qualifications: Can read all notes in first position fluidly, can read whole, dotted half, half, quarter, eighth, and rests, able to slur, hook, and play staccato/legato, has ability to follow leader and blend with group, knowledge of dynamics, can play C, G, A and D major. A positive attitude and the commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances.

Advanced Orchestra directed by Eric Siu

Qualifications: Can read and play in first and third position, can read all rhythms generally including dotted quarters and sixteenths, emerging vibrato, can play keys up to 3 sharps and 3 flats. A positive attitude and the commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances.

CMA Youth Choir

The CMA Youth Choir is committed to helping individual vocalists succeed through the team efforts of a choir. Young singers can expect to grow in the areas of healthy vocal production, music reading, confidence in performance, and in appreciation of excellent and diverse choral literature. The choir, under the direction of Professor Laurie Jenschke, is open to singers grades 4-12 who are accepted on the basis of individual auditions.

Youth Choir directed by Laurie Jenschke

Qualifications: Can match pitch, be able to sing and concentrate for 1 hour and 45 minutes, music reading ability is preferred but not necessary to be in the choir. A positive attitude and the commitment to attend all rehearsals and performances.

Spring 2015 Offerings & Registration

Private Lessons & Ensemble Offerings

Private lessons are for Strings or Guitar ONLY. Private lessons include 12 lessons per semester, plus recital.

  • Weekly 30-minute private lessons - $300
  • Weekly 45-minute private lessons - $400 
  • Weekly 60-minute private lessons - $500 

Private string lessons will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays at First Presbyterian Church located at 305 North King Street in Seguin, TX.

Private Guitar lessons will be held on Thursdays at First Presbyterian Church located at 305 North King Street in Seguin, TX.

Youth Orchestra (Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced) - $100.00 or FREE if you are an Outreach Strings graduate or if you are signed up for CMA Private Lessons

String Orchestra will be held on Mondays from 6-7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church located at 305 North King Street in Seguin, TX.

Youth Choir - $100.00; $75 for each additional sibling or FREE if you are an Outreach Training Choir graduate

Youth Choir will be held on Tuesdays at the TLU Chapel in Seguin from 4:30-6:15 p.m..

Spring 2015 Registration

Spring registration for private lessons and ensembles will be December 1, 2014 through January 10, 2015.