Registration

Registration

 Register now for Spring group programs and private lessons! Click on a topic to open it and click again to close it.

  • Private lessons may begin once your registration and permission forms have been received.
  • Hayes School of Music (college-level) ensembles will begin the week of January 10.
  • Spring group programs will begin the week of January 31.

Have a question? Contact us at asucommunitymusic@appstate.edu or (828) 262-6629.

Registration for Group Programs

  • Click here to explore our programs!
  • CMS is not able to lend out instruments for students to use at home. Please visit your local music store for more information about instrument rentals and purchases. The HUB Station may have guitars and ukuleles available to rent for a small fee. 
  • Some classes will have instruments available to use in class only. Please see each class's page for more information. 
  • If you have any further questions, please email CMS at asucommunitymusic@appstate.edu.
  • Thanks to donor support, the Community Music School proudly offers “Pay What You Can” options for our group programs! 
  • The highest listed price reflects a typical cost per student to put 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. 
    • Price options for most classes are $250, $185, $125, $75, and $0. 
  • To cover registration through Conference and Event Services, one $25 registration fee will be included.
    • New: If you would need the fee waived in order to participate in the program, you can select to waive it yourself in checkout.
  • New: It is now possible to register online with a $0 charge.  
  • 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 the Hayes School of Music Giving Page and select “Appalachian State University Community Music School Fund” for your contribution.

BEFORE registering: 

Broyhill Music Center in Boone

Tips:

  • If you do not have an Iris account, you will need to create one (tutorial here). 
  • If asked for a code, enter the code shown next to your program's name in the list above. 
  • Each student must be registered separately. To register another student in your family, click “Create Additional Registration”
  • Have questions about Iris? Carrie Henderson (hendersoncf@appstate.edu) can help with the registration forms.

BEFORE registering: 

HUB Station in Hudson - Registration Links

Tips:

  • If you do not have an Iris account, you will need to create one (tutorial here). 
  • If asked for a code, enter the code shown next to your program's name in the list above. 
  • Each student must be registered separately. To register another student in your family, click “Create Additional Registration”
  • Have questions about Iris? Carrie Henderson (hendersoncf@appstate.edu) can help with the registration forms.
  • For participants under 18, a parent or guardian will need to fill out the Youth Participant Drop-off and Pick-up Form (Google Form) before the first rehearsal. 
  • All Participants and Parents/Guardians: Please come a few minutes early to the first class to fill out the Paper Packet. We will provide blank copies. You can preview the Paper Packet here: Youth Packet // Adult Packet

Please note that these permission forms do not enroll a student in the class. See the "REGISTRATION LINKS" sections above to register. 

  • CMS group programs will meet for 12 sessions.
  • Hayes School of Music (college-level) ensembles will begin the week of January 10 and will follow the academic calendar. 
  • 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.

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 asucommunitymusic@appstate.edu 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. 
    2. The university's face covering policy applies to all present in the building, including while playing/singing in a lesson. 

Register through Iris

  1. Complete the registration form for your lesson format. (14 lessons per semester)
    1. In person: https://appstate.irisregistration.com/Form/InPersonLessons22
      1. If asked for a code, enter InPersonLessons22.
      2. A parking pass (for parking before 5:00) can be added for $46.
    2. Online (Zoom): https://appstate.irisregistration.com/Form/OnlineLessons22
      1. If asked for a code, enter OnlineLessons22.
    3. New students interested in a 4-lesson introductory package, please email asucommunitymusic@appstate.edu for the link. 
  2. Apply for tuition assistance through the link in the registration form. Your progress will be saved while you await the results of your tuition assistance application. 
  3. Pay at least 40% to complete your registration. 

Complete Your Permission Form(s)

  1. For in-person lessons, we will provide a Paper Packet to complete at your first lesson. You can preview the packet here: Youth Packet // Adult Packet. The youth packet will need to be signed by the adult and the minor.
    1. 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).
  2. For online lessons, 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. Choose either of the following links: 
      1. Click here to complete the Consent Packet (non-App State users)
      2. Click here to complete the Consent Packet (App State login)
    2. Please submit the online Consent Packet 2 business days before your first scheduled lesson time so that it can be confirmed before your lesson. 
    3. These forms must be completed by the parent/guardian and in the parent/guardian's name to be valid.
    4. 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).
    5. Please contact Carrie Henderson (hendersoncf@appstate.edu) 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 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. 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 asucommunitymusic@appstate.edu. 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 (doughtonlk@appstate.edu) 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: 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
    • 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 (hendersoncf@appstate.edu).

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 (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)

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.
    • Registering for more than one kind of private lessons this fall? Before completing payment on the additional private lesson registration(s), email Carrie Henderson (hendersoncf@appstate.edu) 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.