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

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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.

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 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.

The 2016-2017 Concert Attendance Challenge has begun!

Each concert attended by a student puts their name in a drawing for big prizes at the end of the year!

Rules and a long list of FREE and very affordable concerts here.

Community Music Academy 2016-2017 Schedule

2016-2017 CMA Calendar

2016-2017 Lindenbaum Outreach Program Strings Class and Youth Orchestras Schedule

2016-2017 CMA Youth Choirs Schedule

January 19, 2017

CMA Youth Choir Spring Rehearsals begin

January 22, 2017

Intermediate Orchestra side-by-side concert with Mid-Texas Symphony and TLU Chamber Orchestra; 4:00pm @ Wupperman Little Theater, TLU Scheuch Fine Arts building

Week of January 23, 2017

First week of Lindenbaum Outreach Program String Classes, CMA Youth Orchestras, and Private Lessons

February 20, 2017

President's Day; no classes

March 13-17, 2017 

Spring Break; no classes

April 3, 2017

Summer Camp & Private Lesson Registration begin online

April 22-23, 2017

Advanced/Mixed Youth Choir Tour

April 27, 2017

Youth Choirs Recital @ TLU Chapel, 7:00 p.m.

May 1, 2017

Solo Recital @ Seguin First Presbyterian Church, 7:00 p.m.

May 2, 2017 

Strings Classes and Youth Orchestras Recital @ TLU Jackson Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

May 26, 2017

Registration Deadline for Summer Private Lessons

June 5, 2017

Summer Private Lessons begin

July 7-21, 2017

Late Registration for Summer Camps - discounts and scholarships unavailable

July 24-28, 2017

Strings Camp, Vocal Arts Camp, and High School Vocal Arts Camp at TLU

TLU Community Music Academy is supported by

Also, Thanks to City Strings and Piano, providing Violin & Piano Lessons in Dallas-Fort Worth.


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.

Updated 01/27/2017

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