Community Music School at Appalachian State University (APP STATE-CMS)

Welcome to the ASU Community Music School!

Welcome to the ASU Community Music School! We offer private lessons, the Appalachian Youth Chorale, Piano Club, and more programs to come in the future. Browse the links in the sidebar to learn about our programs and policies.

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.

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Appalachian Youth Chorale Registration Now Open!

AYC Flyer Spring 2020

Please Come, One and All!

Appalachian Youth Chorale's first rehearsal of the spring semester will be at 6:00pm on Monday, January 27th in Room 225 Broyhill Music Center, ASU. All students ages 7-14 are welcome to join! 

Haven't registered? Come give us a try - no commitment for the first 2 rehearsals!

Click here to learn more about AYC!


Private Lessons

Individual lessons are offered in piano, voice, guitar, violin, viola, cello, clarinet, flute, saxophone, trombone, trumpet and drum set/snare. Learn more about private lessons and how to register!

Piano Club

We're excited to be offering a new group piano opportunity this Spring semester! Read more about Piano Club here.

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 (

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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