About Community Music Academy

About Community Music Academy

Contact Us

Ben Thomason
Director, TLU Community Music Academy
Phone: 830-372-6448
Fax: 830-372-6832
Email: bthomason@tlu.edu

Community Music Academy
Attn: Lynda Taylor
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, Texas 78155

The TLU Community Music Academy is a non-profit community music school providing music education to students of all ages and levels of ability. The mission of the CMA is to enrich the community and transform lives by pursuing excellence in string and choral music education in a stimulating, nurturing and fun environment.

Registration is now open for 2016 Summer Camps and Private Lessons

For more information about 2016 summer offerings, visit the CMA Summer Camps page.


The TLU Community Music Academy now has an online giving option. If you believe in the mission of the CMA and have seen its positive impact on individual students, families, and the community at large, please consider donating. You are welcome to contact the CMA Director if you have any questions.


Through the Lindenbaum Outreach Program, the Community Music Academy offers:

  • A free two-year curriculum of weekly after-school group Strings Classes at select elementary schools in Seguin, Navarro, and New Braunfels ISDs.
  • Beginning and Intermediate and Youth Orchestras providing continuing strings training and ensemble experience for students through high school.
  • A Beginning Choir on the TLU campus, open to 1-3 graders from Seguin, Navarro, and New Braunfels ISDs.
  • Intermediate and Advanced Youth Choirs providing continuing vocal training and choral experience for students through high school. 
  • Graduates of the Strings Classes and Beginning Choir are provided scholarships from the Lindenbaum Family Endowment to cover tuition for continued study in the Youth Orchestras and Youth Choirs.

The Community Music Academy also offers the CMA Performers, a group of advanced string chamber music ensembles receiving coaching from CMA instructors; private lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, and guitar; and finally, the CMA’s summer Strings and Vocal Arts Camps provide an exciting encounter with music for newcomers and experienced musicians alike.

The CMA’s skilled and experienced instructors work with students’ families to create a supportive learning environment in which students are encouraged and challenged to continually develop in the areas of technical skill, musicianship, and music knowledge and appreciation. Through this process, students also grow in executive functioning skills, character, discipline, and respect for others. 

The CMA serves the School of Music at Texas Lutheran University by bringing young musicians into the university environment, offering side-by-side performance opportunities for CMA students with university musicians, and creating teaching lab experiences for university music students.

TLU Community Music Academy is supported by


Community Music Academy 2015-2016 Schedule

Week of September 14, 2015

First week of fall outreach classes, lessons and ensembles

Thursday, October 15, 2015

No CMA Choir rehearsals - TLU Fall Break

Week of November 23, 2015

No CMA classes - Thanksgiving Break

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Spring Registration begins online

Friday, December 11, 2015

Choirs Fall Recital – TLU Chapel at 7:00 p.m.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Private Lessons Students Fall Recital - First Presbyterian Church at 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

CMA Lindenbaum Outreach & Youth Orchestras Recital - Jackson Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

Week of January 11, 2016

First week of spring outreach classes, lessons and ensembles

Monday, January 18, 2016

No Monday classes - Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Monday, February 15, 2016

No Monday Classes - Presidents' Day Holiday

Week of March 14, 2016

No classes or lessons - Spring Break

Thursday, March 24, 2016

No CMA Choir rehearsals - Easter Break

Friday, April 1, 2016

Summer Camps and Lessons registration begins

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Advanced Ensemble Recital - TLU Chapel at 7 p.m.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Solo Recital - First Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

CMA Lindenbaum Outreach Recital - Jackson Auditorium at 7 p.m.

Week of May 16, 2016

First week of summer lessons

Monday, August 1, 2016

Fall registration begins online

Week of August 15, 2016

Last week of summer lessons

Week of September 12, 2016

First week of outreach classes, lessons and ensembles

Upcoming Events

Mid-Texas Symphony Concert: May 2016

May 1, 2016 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Big Give SA 2016

May 3, 2016 all day

TLU TBS-KKP Band Festival 2016

May 12, 2016 all day

Summer Music Academy 2016

June 26, 2016 all day

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