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We would love to hear from you whether you are a former student, music lover, looking for volunteer opportunities, or just want to say hello. Please feel free to contact us: 

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Join us in making the musical arts accessible to our community! Please click above and make sure you choose Appalachian State University Community Music School Fund for your donation. 

Office Hours & Contact Information

The following staff members can help with different kinds of questions:

Lisl Doughton

Program Manager

general CMS questions, policy questions, tuition assistance, registration, billing questions

AppState Community Music Staff

general CMS questions, selecting a private lesson instructor

Dr. Nicole Sonbert 


donations, grants, general CMS questions, policy questions, tuition assistance.

Need help with Iris?

Frances Keel

help with using the Iris registration system

Carrie Henderson

making payments through Iris system, applying 5% discount for ASU employees

Holiday Closings

Lessons and classes will not be scheduled during the following holidays, and the CMS building will be closed. 

April 10, 2020


Good Friday

May 25, 2020


Memorial Day

July 3, 2020


Independence Day

September 7, 2020


Labor Day

November 26 & 27, 2020

Thursday & Friday


In addition, some faculty members are current ASU students and may not be available during the following university breaks. Please check with your teacher to confirm their availability for these dates:

March 9-13, 2020


Spring Break

Adverse Weather Policy

If App State closes due to weather or any other emergency, CMS lessons and classes will be cancelled. These lessons and classes will be made up by CMS Faculty. The missed lesson may be made up in several ways

  1. Adding additional time to future lessons (i.e. adding 15 min. to the next two lessons)

  2. Scheduling an hour-long lesson on a future date, or

  3. Rescheduling the lesson for another day and time 

Every effort will be made to notify students as soon as possible of the cancellation. If you are unsure whether classes have been cancelled, 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 AppState-CMS is open and you cannot travel to your class/lesson, please contact your teaching artist. The AppState-CMS may possibly be open when the Watauga County Public Schools are closed; do not assume that lessons are automatically cancelled before contacting CMS and your teacher.