Registration will re-open in August for group programs and private lessons. You can see examples of past programs on the website, many of which will resume this Fall in Boone and Hudson. An official announcement of the upcoming programs will be shared here in August. We look forward to making music with you this Fall!

Information for students currently enrolled in Summer lessons:

  • Your 6 summer lessons can be held through July 31 (excluding July 4).
  • Lessons will be held in the Broyhill Music Center or online.
  • Lessons for minors will always need to be supervised by a second adult. For minors’ lessons at the Broyhill Music Center where an adult family member will not attend, lesson times will need to be scheduled around the availability of a CMS assistant.
  • In-person lessons are generally available during the following times, depending on the teacher’s schedule:
    • June 1-June 24: 2:00pm-8:00pm Monday-Friday
    • June 25-July 16: Limited schedule due to Cannon Music Camp. 5:00pm-8:00pm Tuesday-Friday (NO Monday lessons) 
    • July 17-July 31: 2:00pm-8:00pm Monday-Friday
    • Parking info: A parking pass is necessary to park on campus before 5:00.
  • Online lessons may happen at any time (keeping in mind that the parent/guardian must always be present for minors' online lessons).

Registration for Private Lessons

Follow the steps below to register for private lessons in person or online

  1. Contact Your Teacher 

    1. Agree with your teacher on the day, time, length, and format of your lessons (in person or online). 
    2. New to CMS? See our teachers and email to let us know which teacher you'd like to connect with.
    3. Your teacher must reserve your lesson time before you register in order to secure your spot.
  1. Read the Musician Handbook

    1. Please note the supervision requirements for minors under 18. 

Register through Iris

Reminder: Your teacher must agree to your lesson time and format beforehand in order for your registration to be valid.


  • If asked for a code, enter summerlessons22.
  • For help with Iris Registration forms, contact Carrie Henderson (, 828-262-2530).

Complete Your Permission Form(s)

In-Person Lessons for Minors (under 18)

  1. For minors' in-person lessons, we will provide a Paper Packet to complete at your first lesson. You can preview and print the packet here: Youth Packet. The youth packet will need to be signed by the adult and the minor.
  2. If you would like to allow an additional adult (not listed in registration) to pick up a minor student from lessons, complete the Youth Participant Drop-off and Pick-up Form (Google Form).

Online Lessons for Minors (under 18)

The online Consent Packet must be completed before online lessons begin. Please complete it promptly in order to not miss your first scheduled lesson time. 

  1. Use either of the following links: 
    1. Online Lesson Consent Packet
    2. Online Lesson Consent Packet using App State Login


  • Please submit the online Consent Packet 2 business days before your first scheduled lesson time so that it can be confirmed before your lesson. 
  • These forms must be completed by the parent/guardian and in the parent/guardian's name to be valid.
  • When creating your account in Dynamic Forms at the link above, double-check the accuracy of your information (as Autofill may have populated some fields for you).
  • Please contact Carrie Henderson (, 828-262-2530) at Conference and Event Services for questions about the forms.
  • Visit our Private Lessons page to read about our instruments, faculty, and pay rates.
  • Students will need to agree on a lesson time with their teacher before registering. 
  • New students can email the CMS team at and we will put you in touch with your desired teacher. We can also recommend a teacher for you. 
  • CMS is not able to provide instruments at this time. Please visit your local music store for more information about instrument rentals and purchases. Your teacher may be able to offer some recommendations for your specific instrument. 

New students can initially register for a 4-lesson package any time of year to try out CMS lessons. 

You will have the opportunity to add more lessons to your introductory package if desired.

To get in touch with a teacher and register as a new student, please email We will connect you with your preferred teacher or help you choose a teacher if you are not sure. We will also send you the link to register for the introductory package.

Tuition assistance is available for CMS lessons, typically for semester-long or year-long lesson packages. Applying promptly is recommended for best results. Tuition assistance applications may take up to 2 weeks to be processed.

  1. If you are interested in applying for tuition assistance, proceed through the normal registration process shown on this page (including getting in touch with your teacher, planning a lesson time, etc). 
  2. After you have made your selections in the Registration Form, you will have the opportunity to pause your order (saving your information) and complete the Tuition Assistance Application.
  3. If CMS is able to award tuition assistance, we will notify you at the email address you provide. If you accept a tuition assistance award, the balance of your order will be reduced before you make your first payment in Iris.
    1. If we are not able to award tuition assistance or it does not suit your needs, there is no obligation to complete the order. Just let us know if you do not choose to accept. 

Please email Lisl Doughton, Director ( with questions about tuition assistance.

Spring 2022

  • Lessons may begin the week of Monday, January 10.
  • New students may register throughout the year. 
  • Spring semester lessons are recommended to end by May 10 and must be completed by May 27.
  • Log into your Iris account:
  • Click on "Registrations" and find the entry for your CMS program.
  • Click the orange “Make a Payment” button.
    • Iris accepts MasterCard and Visa. 
  • Payments are not to be made directly to teachers at any time. 
  • Payment Due Dates
    • Spring 2021: March 5, April 5
      • After your initial payment of 40%, you will make two payments of at least 30% by each payment due date.
    • All Year (Fall 2021-Summer 2022): September 5, October 5, November 5, December 5, February 5, March 5, April 5, May 5, and June 5. 
      • After your initial payment of 10%, you will make a payment of at least 10% by each payment due date.
    • You may pay in full at any time.
  • For help making a payment in Iris, please contact Carrie Henderson (

Lessons will be paused if payment is not received by the due date.

  • A lesson missed or rescheduled with less than 24 hours’ notice will be charged as a regular lesson. 
  • A teacher will reschedule one lesson without penalty if the student/family provides over 24 hours’ notice. 
  • Even with advance notice, a teacher may not be able to reschedule frequently due to their other time commitments. For this reason, a teacher is not required to reschedule more than one lesson. Students and families are recommended to ask their teacher if and when a lesson can be rescheduled before planning to reschedule a lesson for a vacation, appointment, etc. Please note that unfinished lessons do not roll over to future semesters and are not refunded.
  • Private lessons are typically not eligible for refunds except in extraordinary circumstances. 
  • If a student needs to withdraw from private lessons, the student (and parent/guardian if applicable) must email a notice of withdrawal to Lisl Doughton, Program Manager (
  • For lessons missed before officially withdrawing, no refunds will be given and no charges will be waived.
  • If a student withdraws from private lessons and receives a waiver or refund, the following will be subtracted from the waiver or refund:
    • a $30 processing fee
    • the full value of any previous lessons (based on the regular price even if tuition assistance was received)


$25.00 per 30 minutes

 $35.00 per 45 minutes 

$45.00 per hour 


$35.00 per 30 minutes

 $45.00 per 45 minutes 

$55.00 per hour


$45.00 per 30 minutes

$65.00 per 45 minutes

$80.00 per hour

  • Pricing is based on the instructor's training and experience. 
  • See our instructors here. Each instructor's pay rate (Apprentice, Master, or Professional) is listed above their bio. 
  • One $25 registration fee will be added in checkout. This covers fees charged by Conference and Camp Services.
    • Registering for more than one kind of private lessons this fall? Before completing payment on the additional private lesson registration(s), email Carrie Henderson ( to have your $25 registration fee waived for those orders.

College students are welcome to join Community Music School programs that are open to their age range. CMS lessons are a great opportunity for adult students who are not music majors or minors to pursue their musical interests. 

However, college students should note that Community Music School-sponsored lessons and classes do not count for college credit. Students wishing to take music courses for college credit can find a variety of ensembles and classes on the Hayes School of Music's Opportunities for Non-Majors page. (Please also check the current course catalog for the most up-to-date class offerings and times.) 

Before choosing a lesson time, college students are encouraged to consider where they will be able to practice or receive their online lessons. For 2021-2022, there are several practice rooms designated for use by non-music majors and Community Music School students. These are on the fourth floor and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.