Registration

Registration

Register for lessons and classes below! Click on a topic to open it and click again to close it.

  • All CMS lessons and classes are online for Spring 2021.
  • Registration is open until February 5. Lessons may begin on January 19 and classes will begin the week of February 15. 

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

Registration for Virtual Private Lessons

  • 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 asucommunitymusic@appstate.edu 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. If you have any further questions, please email CMS at asucommunitymusic@appstate.edu.

Apprentice 

$25.00 per 30 minutes

 $35.00 per 45 minutes 

$45.00 per hour 

Master

$35.00 per 30 minutes

 $45.00 per 45 minutes 

$55.00 per hour

Professional

$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.

Fall 2020

  • Fall semester lessons must be completed by Dec. 11, 2020.
  • No lessons will be held on November 26 & 27 (Thanksgiving).
  • No lessons will be held from Dec. 12-Jan. 17 (CMS Winter Break).

Spring 2021

  • Spring registration will open in December 2020. 
  • Registration for full-semester packages ends on February 5, 2021. 
  • Spring semester lessons may begin on January 19, 2021.
  • Spring semester lessons must be completed by May 23, 2021.
  • No lessons will be held on April 2 (Good Friday).

Summer 2021

  • Summer registration will open in May 2021. 
  • Summer lessons begin on June 1, 2021.
  • Summer lessons must be completed by July 30, 2021.
  • No lessons will be held on May 31 (Memorial Day) or July 5 (Independence Day).

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

To learn more and register as a new student, please email Lisl Doughton, Program Manager (doughtonlk@appstate.edu). Lisl can help you...

  • Get in touch with your preferred teacher (or choose a teacher if you are not sure).
  • Sign up for the introductory package of 4 lessons.
  • Add more lessons to finish the semester if desired. (The $25 registration fee would only be charged once per semester for private lessons even if you choose to purchase more lessons for the semester.)

New students are defined as the following:

  • Students new to CMS
  • Current CMS students trying out lessons on a different instrument
  • Current CMS students trying lessons with a faculty member they have not learned from before

BEFORE registering:

Register here: **The full-semester registration form is closed for Spring 2021, but new students are welcome to email asucommunitymusic@appstate.edu to get started with an introductory package of 4 lessons anytime.**

  • If you do not have an Iris account, you will need to create one (tutorial here)
  • If asked for a code, enter "cmsprivatelessonsspring2021".
  • Each student must be registered separately. To register another student in your family, click “Create Additional Registration”.

Before beginning lessons, a student under 18 must have a parent fill out the Consent Packet.

  • See "Consent Packets" heading below.

Consent Packet Required Before Beginning Lessons (Students Under 18)

  • For students under 18, a parent or guardian will need to submit the Consent Packet, now available online through Dynamic Forms, in order for the student to begin attending online lessons. 
  • When creating your account, double-check the accuracy of your information (as Autofill may have populated some fields for you).
  • The Dynamic Forms account and Consent Packets must be under the parent/guardian's name for the form to be valid.
  • Please contact Carrie Henderson (hendersoncf@appstate.edu) at Conference and Camp Services for questions about the Consent Packet and Dynamic Forms. 
  • A monthly payment plan is the default option in registration. 
  • An initial payment of 40% is due at registration. 
  • Three more payments of 20% are due on the following dates:
    • Spring 2021: March 5, April 5, and May 5
  • You may pay in full at any time.

Students registering for a full semester package of private lessons may apply for tuition assistance. If you are interested, fill out the Tuition Assistance Application (Google Form) BEFORE registering. Applying early is recommended. Requests may take up to 2 weeks to be processed. We cannot guarantee that we can fulfill every request, but we invite interested participants to apply.

(Note: For group classes, no application is required for tuition assistance. See "Pay What You Can" Payment Options below.)

  • 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 (doughtonlk@appstate.edu).
  • 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)
  • Log into your Iris account: https://appstate.irisregistration.com.
  • 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
    • Fall 2020: October 5, November 5, and December 5
    • Spring 2021: March 5, April 5, and May 5

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.

College students are welcome to join Community Music School programs that are open to their age range (which only includes Private Lessons as of Spring 2021). 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 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 lessons. Please note that Hayes School of Music practice rooms are currently only available for use by music majors (as of Spring 2021).

Registration for Virtual Group Classes

  • The deadline for group class registration is February 5, 2021
  • Group classes will meet for 10 sessions between February 15 and May 2.
  • Classes will not meet on April 2 or during the week of April 5-11, 2021. 
  • Registrants will receive complete class information and Zoom links by early February. 
  • The registration price of $250/$300/$325 covers the actual cost per student of putting on the program. However, based on financial need, you may choose any of the listed prices for a program to help meet your family’s budget and still be fully registered. 
    • Price options for most classes are $250, $185, $125, $75, and $0. 
    • Price options for AVA classes are slightly higher due to longer class sessions.
  • This “Pay What You Can” model (described above) is made possible by donations. It is a team effort that relies upon each participant being honest about their needs and what they can contribute.
  • If you would like to support another student’s tuition, you may visit theHayes School of Music Giving Page and select “Appalachian State University Community Music School Fund” for your contribution.
  • One $25 registration fee will be added in checkout. This covers fees charged by Conference and Camp Services. (Even if you register for multiple group programs, only one registration fee will appear at checkout.)

BEFORE registering: 

Registration for Spring 2021 classes is closed. We look forward to classes beginning the week of February 15! If you have questions about registration, please email Lisl Doughton, Program Manager, at doughtonlk@appstate.edu.

Teachers will email their registered students with ZOOM links the week of Feb. 8. 

To receive the Zoom link and join their first class, a student under 18 must have a parent fill out the Consent Packet.

  • See "Consent Packets" heading below.

Consent Packet Required Before Beginning Classes (Students Under 18)

  • For students under 18, a parent or guardian will need to submit the Consent Packet, now available online through Dynamic Forms, in order for the student to begin attending online classes. 
  • When creating your account, double-check the accuracy of your information (as Autofill may have populated some fields for you).
  • The Dynamic Forms account and Consent Packets must be under the parent/guardian's name for the form to be valid.
  • Please contact Carrie Henderson (hendersoncf@appstate.edu) at Conference and Camp Services for questions about the Consent Packet and Dynamic Forms. 
  • A monthly payment plan is the default option in registration. 
  • An initial payment of 40% is due at registration. 
  • Three more payments of 20% are due on the following dates:
    • March 5, April 5, and May 5
  • You may pay in full at any time.
  • Log into your Iris account: https://appstate.irisregistration.com.
  • 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. 
  • Due Dates
    • Fall 2020: October 5, November 5, and December 5
    • Spring 2021: March 5, April 5, and May 5
  • You will not be able to attend classes if the monthly payment is not received.
  • If a student plans to stop attending a group class, the parent must email a notice of withdrawal to Lisl Doughton, Program Manager (doughtonlk@appstate.edu).
  • For classes missed before officially withdrawing, no refunds will be given and no charges will be waived.
  • If a student withdraws from a group class and receives a waiver or refund, the following will be subtracted from the amount waived or refunded:
    • a $30 processing fee
    • the value of any previous class sessions based on the regular price

No make-up classes will be given for individual student absences. Students who miss a class session are encouraged to contact the instructor for information on topics and activities covered during that session.