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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Just $7 each! Intermediate and Advanced/Mixed Youth Choir students participating in the January 27, 2018 Youth Choir Festival are required to wear a CMA T-Shirt. Deadline to order is December 12, 2017. 

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2017-2018 Concert Attendance Challenge begins!

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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

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

2017-2018 Youth Choirs Schedule

2017-2018 Private Lessons Calendar

Week of Thanksgiving - November 20-24, 2017

No Outreach Classes or Ensemble Rehearsals

December 1, 2017 - January 12, 2018

Registration open for Spring 2018 Ensembles, Small-Group, and Private Lessons

December 9, 2017

Youth Choirs Recital - 7:00pm, location TBD

December 11, 2017

Solo Recital - 7:00pm at First Presbyterian Church of Seguin

December 12, 2017

Lindenbaum Outreach Program and Youth Orchestras Recital - 7:00pm at Jackson Auditorium, TLU


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 11/2/2017

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November 28, 2017 all day

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December 1, 2017 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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