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

Our Mission


We, in collaboration with the Hayes School of Music, provide access to a quality music education for people of all ages and all socioeconomic status in Boone and surrounding areas.

We focus on ENGAGEMENT

We focus on engaging and partnering with the community to cultivate and nurture creativity and a passion for music

We strive to EMPOWER

We strive to empower the individual while embodying a dynamic community of diversity and inclusion.

We create MUSIC

We create an artistic environment of acceptance, musical exploration, while embracing the integral role of music in our lives.

Registration and Payment

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Lesson and Rate Information

Students/families will be able to register for a minimum of 3 lessons at a time. You can register for the number of lessons that you and your teacher agree upon during the initial consultation. Please remember to arrange and schedule lessons with your teacher PRIOR to registering. Throughout the year, students/families will be able to add lessons to their registration at no additional registration fee cost as needed and determined in consultation with your teacher.

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 (

New Offerings

Appalachian Youth ChoraleWe're excited to be offering 2 new opportunities this semester! 

  • Appalachian Youth Chorale - Does your child love to sing? Come try us out! No commitment for first 2 classes!
  • Piano Club - Small group classes to learn about the foundations of beginning piano


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Location & Contact

  • CMS building Doctors DriveLessons take place at 134 Doctor Drive, Boone, NC 28607
  • If you are working with an App State Faculty member, these lessons will be held in their office on campus in the Broyhill Music Center
  • The Appalachian Youth Choir will take place in the Broyhill Music Center Room 225.
  • Piano Group Class will take place at 134 Doctor Drive, Boone, NC 28607 

Physical Address:
134 Doctor Drive 
Boone, NC 28607

Director: Dr. Nicole Sonbert,
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