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 programs, ensembles, community programs, and private lessons for all ages. Tuition assistance options are available for our lessons and classes.

Fall Break: Due to App State's Fall Break, our Tuesday classes in Boone and Hudson will not meet on October 12. (Thursday classes will meet as usual.)

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Happening Now

Registration for Fall 2021 will open in early August!

  1. CMS Group Programs will begin the week of August 23, 2021
  2. Online Private Lessons will begin the week of August 16, 2021.

Who We Are

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. Connect with 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

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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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