Community School of the Arts


Community Outreach for Developing Artists


Since its inception in 2006, CODA’s mission has been to seek out and give artistic access to young, underexposed talents in our community who might not otherwise have the opportunity to develop their creative abilities.

One of the primary ways in which Community School of the Arts (CSA) serves the local community is through our Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) program. CODA currently provides no cost music and visual arts instruction to over 1500 children in DuPage County in 12 locations. All the public school districts and feeder schools that we serve reflect student populations of over 60% low income and over 60% Hispanic, Black, Asian and Multi-racial ethnicity, per Illinois Report Cards. 

Currently, four programs are offered by CODA: Early Childhood Music classes, Suzuki Violin, Recorder, and Early Childhood Visual Arts classes. The largest program (by design) continues to be our Early Childhood Music Program because it is the pool from which we select our Suzuki violin and recorder students. CODA’s 3 year strategic plan outlines how we will continue to grow and nurture each of these 4 programs.

CODA West Chicago & Glendale Heights

Coda Faculty

  • Early Childhood – Kathy Cathey, Janine Means, Judy Stoner, Ann Storm, Joyce Anne Wilder 
  • Suzuki Violin – Lisa Hirschmugl, Carol Ourada, Rebecca Weddle,
    Emily Puntuzs, Violin Coordinator 
  • Suzuki Recorder – Janine Means 
  • Early Childhood Visual Arts – Jenny Nagle

Goals of CODA

  • Provide a window of opportunity for young, underserved students to experience the arts and become more culturally aware
  • Assist students with limited-English proficiency through music and visual
    arts classes 
  • Make available high-quality music lessons to students with demonstrated ability 
  • Contribute to improved student academic achievement through disciplined musical training 
  • Play a strong role in character building and enhanced emotional well-being
    for at-risk children 
  • Support area school bands and orchestras by offering long-term instrument training for low-income students


Questions can be directed to Carol McNeil, CODA Program Administrator, at
(630) 752-5923 or

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