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

TLU Community Music Academy
1000 West Court Street
Seguin, Texas 78155

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Strings Camp Registration is open now!

Click here for details on all Summer 2017 Strings Camp. Audition information for Fall 2017 is available here.

Click here to go ahead and register.

Registration for Fall 2017 Lindenbaum Outreach Program Strings Classes and Beginning Choir is now closed.

Spaces in both Strings Classes and Beginning Choir may be available on a limited basis. Contact the CMA Director with inquiries; more information here.

Mission of the TLU Community Music Academy

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 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.

Texas Lutheran University and the Community Music Academy assure that all facilities used for our programs are accessible to people with special needs, per Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The CMA provides readily achievable, reasonable accommodations as warranted. Contact the CMA Director to request special accommodations of any kind.

Community Music Academy 2016-2017 Schedule

2017-2018 CMA Calendar - Coming Soon

2017-2018 Lindenbaum Outreach Program Strings Class and Youth Orchestras Schedule

2017-2018 Youth Choirs Schedule - Coming Soon

May 26, 2017

Registration Deadline for Summer Private Lessons

June 5, 2017

Summer Private Lessons begin

June 17, 2017

Registration Deadline for Fall 2017 Lindenbaum Outreach Program Strings Classes and Beginning Choir

July 7-21, 2017

Late Registration for Summer Camps - discounts and scholarships unavailable

July 24-28, 2017

Strings Camp at TLU Schuech Fine Arts Building

August 1, 2017 - September 1, 2017

Fall Semester Registration open for Youth Orchestras, Youth Choir, and Private Lessons

September 7, 2017

First Youth Choir Rehearsal, TLU Chapel

September 11 and 12, 2017

Strings Class and Youth Orchestra Instrument Rentals, Erskine Education Center, 216 E. College St., Seguin, TX 78155.


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.

TLU Community Music Academy is supported in part by:

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

Updated 06/18/2017

Upcoming Events

2017 TLU Women’s Retreat

July 21, 2017 6:00 pm - July 22, 2017 4:00 pm

Community Music Academy Strings Camp 2017

July 24, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Community Music Academy Strings Camp 2017

July 25, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Community Music Academy Strings Camp 2017

July 26, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Community Music Academy Strings Camp 2017

July 27, 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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