Community Music School at Appalachian State University (ASU-CMS) Hayes School of Music

CMS Mission Statement

Transforming Lives Through Sustained and Deeply Engaging Experiences in Music

Appalachian State University Community Music School provides non-credit music instruction for children and adults in our local community as well as surrounding Western NC counties. We are uniquely able to combine university expertise with area teaching artists to provide outstanding musical training. Come and celebrate musical excellence with us!

CMS Attendance

Attendance and Make-up Class/Lesson Policy:

Students who arrive late for lessons/classes cannot be guaranteed full lesson times. Notification by the student/parent of inability to attend a class/lesson is requested as a courtesy to the teaching artist, but does not exempt the obligation for tuition for that class/lesson. Teachers are not obligated to make up lessons resulting from student cancellations; however, there will be one-week of make-up lessons scheduled at the end of each semester and missed lessons may be scheduled at that time at the discretion of the teaching artist. Teaching artists will make up lessons cancelled by them.

Parking: (for students taking lessons with faculty on the ASU campus)

Participants may park in any available parking space that is not reserved or handicapped after 5:00 PM on weekdays or all day on weekends. For those without ASU parking tags or taking lessons/classes before 5:00 PM, participants may purchase parking passes that will allow them to park on campus during the lesson/class time.

Inclement Weather Policy:

In the event of inclement weather, the ASU-CMS may cancel classes/lessons. Look for announcements on the Appalachian State University Homepage. In the event that classes/lessons are cancelled due to inclement weather, those activities will be rescheduled. If the ASU-CMS is open and you cannot travel to your class/lesson, please contact your teaching artist. Do not assume that the ASU-CMS will be closed when the Watauga County Public Schools are closed.

The Community Music School (CMS) offers lessons or classes for youth and adults in the following areas:  Appalachian Youth Chorale, Cello, Flute, Guitar*, Percussion, Piano & Group Piano, Saxophone, Trumpet, Violin*, Viola*, and Voice. *These area of performance are offered in Traditional and Suzuki. Teaching artists include ASU students and faculty as well as community musicians.  

SUMMER ONLY: Flex-lessons (choice of 3, 4 or 5 lessons) are being offered now through mid-August.  Enrollment is OFFline only - please email Laura Chu Stokes at for instrument/instructor availability and rates.

Link to Performance areas with Instructor names & rates  -  NOTE:  not all instructors may be available for summer lessons - email Laura Chu Stokes at for further info.

Fees vary according to teaching artist’s training and experience.  Lesson payment for summer session is by check only.

Please be certain that you have received a definite commitment from your instructor regarding lesson arrangements prior to  registration.

Minimum enrollment:  Required for all group classes. If any class is cancelled due to low enrollment students will have the option of receiving a full tuition refund or transferring to individual lessons, depending on instructors' availability.


Individual Lessons:

All cancellations must be approved by the director and made before the first lesson. Refunds can not be made in the event of withdrawal, nor will charges be cancelled when a student discontinues lessons after the second lesson. In the case of cancellations, a $30 fee will be charged in addition to any fees accumulated for lessons attended.

Ensembles and classes:

All cancellations must be approved by the director and made before the second class.  There will be no refunds after the second meeting (lesson) of the semester. All cancellations are subject to a $30 administration fee. 



A limited number of scholarships for fall and spring are available based on financial need. Proof of income is required for this application process. Download the financial aid form (PDF).  Previous awards are not guaranteed for the following year; a financial aid form must be completed every academic year that a student wishes to enroll

Physical Address: 134 Doctor Drive Boone, NC 28607
Mailing Address: Community Music School, Hayes School of Music  813 Rivers Street, Boone, NC 28608
Contact: Director Ms. Laura Chu Stokes. E-mail