Private Lessons & Ensembles

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Lessons & Classes

Private String & Classical Guitar Lessons

The Community Music Academy offers weekly private lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, and classical guitar 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.

  • Registration for Private Lessons includes 12 lessons per semester.
    • 30-minute lessons = $300
    • 45-minute lessons = $400
    • 60-minute lessons = $500
  • All students taking private lessons are expected to perform on the CMA Solo Recitals.
  • Summer lessons, during the period from June through August, need not be taken on consecutive weeks, but you must register for at least 4 lessons. 
  • NEW Private Lessons attendance and makeup policies have been implemented starting Fall 2016. Please review them here.  


CMA Youth Orchestra

The CMA Youth Orchestra program is open to all students and community members playing violin, viola, cello, or bass. All students participating in the Youth Orchestra program are expected to perform twice each year with their ensemble. 

  • Tuition is $100 per semester; $75 for additional siblings
  • Full scholarships are awarded to all students who have graduated from the CMA’s Lindenbaum Outreach Program Strings Classes
  • Tuition is waived for students taking private lessons through the CMA. 

Beginning Orchestra directed by Ben Thomason

Meetings: Two separate orchestras meet on Mondays and Tuesdays, each from 5-6 p.m., at Seguin First Presbyterian Church. You may register for whichever is most convenient.

Qualifications: Graduate of Level I and II Outreach classes or 1 year of private lessons; 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

Meetings: Mondays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at Seguin First Presbyterian Church

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.

The CMA Performers 

Directed by Eric Siu, the CMA Performers is a group of advanced, small string chamber music ensembles. The configuration and rehearsal schedule of chamber groups will be determined at the first meeting of each semester. Members of the CMA Performers are expected to perform in the community as opportunities arise, in addition to the CMA’s regular recitals.

Meetings: Mondays from 6:15-7:15 p.m. at Seguin First Presbyterian Church, or as otherwise arranged.

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 Choirs are open to all school-age vocalists interested in developing their vocal skills and participating in the team music-making 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 Mrs.Laurie Jenschke, is open to singers grades 4-12, accepted on the basis of individual auditions. Please note there is a $10 Choir Music and Uniform Fee every semester for each student, due at registration. 

Intermediate Choir is for students in the 4-8 grade that require an intermediate approach to part singing, vocal production, music reading, and ear training. The Intermediate Choir will have opportunities to rehearse and perform with the advanced choir during the semester. The Intermediate Choir members can audition for a position in the advanced choir after the completion of one year.

Meetings: Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. at the TLU Chapel

Advanced Choir directed by Laurie Jenschke

Meetings: Thursdays from 5:45-7:15 p.m. at the TLU Chapel

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. Students must be entering the fourth grade to participate and/or graduated from the Training Choir program.

Spring 2017 Offerings & Registration

Violin and viola lessons are offered by various CMA Faculty on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at Seguin First Presbyterian Church.

Violin and viola lessons are offered by Ben Thomason on Wednesdays in New Braunfels.

Cello lessons are offered by Liz Massad on Tuesdays at Seguin First Presbyterian Church. 

Classical Guitar lessons are offered by Dr. Chad Ibison on Tuesdays.

All levels of Youth Orchestra and Youth Choir are offered at the meeting times and locations listed above. Please note whether an audition is required to join your desired ensemble.

Updated 01/27/2017

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