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

Community Music School

Welcome to the Community Music School at Appalachian State University! We offer group lessons for students 5-18 and private lessons for all ages. Tuition assistance options are available for our lessons and classes. 

Register Now for Summer Lessons! 

  • During our Summer term (June 1 - July 30) we offer private lessons for all ages (but no group programs).
  • Students can choose to have 4 or 8 lessons. Registration is open through July 2. 
  • Some teachers will be offering in-person lessons at the Broyhill Music Center! Online lessons are still an option as well.

Cannon Music Camp and the Community Music School

The Community Music School (CMS) is proud to offer online private lessons with Cannon Music Camp faculty this summer! These experienced teachers, many of whom are App State faculty, will offer private lessons through the regular CMS registration process

In addition to private lessons through CMS, Cannon Music Camp will be offering free online masterclasses for high school music students. No registration or sign-up is required for these masterclasses. Classes will be available in July on the camp website. For more information visit  This summer’s Cannon Music Camp masterclass offerings will have a special focus on North Carolina All-District/State Band, Honors Orchestra, and Honors Choir auditions for 2021-2022 for those areas, as well as offerings for piano and guitar.  

The following Cannon Music Camp faculty and App State professors will be offering private lessons through the Community Music School this summer:

  • Dr. Nancy Bargerstock, violin
  • Dr. Joseph Brown, trombone
  • Dr. Gennard Lombardozzi, voice
  • Dr. John Ross, clarinet and conducting
  • Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham, flute
  • Dr. Nicole Sonbert, voice
  • Dr. Meg Stohlmann, voice
  • Dr. Bethany Wiese, tuba
  • RJ Wuagneux, guitar and music theory

Have a question? Connect with us at our office hours or by email!

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Thank You to the Watauga Arts Council and NC Arts Council!

The Spring 2021 semester of the Appalachian Youth Chorale was supported by a Grassroots Grant! This project was funded through the Watauga County Arts Council, a Designated County Partner of the North Carolina Arts Council ( CMS would like to thank Amber Bateman, Executive Director of the Watauga Arts Council, and the WAC team for making this grant possible!

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 Private Lessons 

June 1 - July 30

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Who Are We?

The Community Music School is a non-profit organization that proudly serves Boone and the surrounding communities by making the musical arts accessible for people of all ages and backgrounds. We offer private music lessons, classes, ensembles, and community events. We invite you to learn more about our programs and events. Contact us for more information by emailing us at or call us at 828-262-3029. Join us in making music and get involved! 

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"I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to have access to music instruction and performance opportunities in their community." Dr. Nicole Sonbert, Director