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

Our Mission: to transform 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!

The Community Music School (CMS) offers lessons or classes in the following areas:

  • Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Drum set / Snare
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Trumpet
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Voice

CMS Faculty include ASU students and faculty as well as community musicians. Fees vary according to teaching artist’s training and experience; see rates by performance area and instructor

Lesson and Rate Information

Summer Flex Lessons are available between between May 13 - August 2, 2019. Students/families schedule either (3), (6) or (12) lessons in advance with preferred instructors during the 12 week period.

Individual lessons are offered in piano, voice, guitar, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trumpet and drum set/snare*.


Instructor Biographies

Tuition Assistance

We do offer payment plans, & assistance; your balance does not need to be paid all at once!

Our assistance funding comes primarily through donations. We appreciate your honesty about your needs, as we have limited funds and want to make these programs possible for the maximum number of families.

The application for tuition assistance is included during registration. Please email CMS director for any additional questions, Dr. Nicole Sonbert (

Registration and Payment


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

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


Attendance and Making Up a Class/Lesson

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 CMS Faculty. CMS Faculty will make up lessons cancelled by them.


Parking at the CMS building - 134 Doctors Dr - is free. Students taking lessons with faculty on the ASU campus 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.

Inclement Weather

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. The ASU-CMS may possibly be open when the Watauga County Public Schools are closed; do not assume that lessons are automatically cancelled before contacting your teaching artist.

Contact the Community Music School

  • Physical Address: 
    134 Doctor Drive 
    Boone, NC 28607
  • Mailing Address:
    Community Music School c/o Hayes School of Music 
    813 Rivers Street
    Boone, NC 28608
  • Director: Dr. Nicole Sonbert,
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