Community School of the Arts

Preparatory (traditional)

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"With our teacher’s positive style and encouraging spirit, how can a student not be inspired?"  CSA Parent

"Our teacher has always demonstrated a passion for teaching, as well as playing music. She is extremely creative in exploring ideas to maximize my son’s potential."  CSA Parent

"Our CSA teacher is the most supportive, fair, and encouraging instructor I have ever seen. She asks a lot, but always gives even more. Just being with her helps my daughter to develop positive life skills."  CSA Parent

CSA’s Prep program provides individualized music lessons with a traditional approach to over 250 students. Our outstanding faculty members hold advanced degrees, have extensive experience working with students of all levels and employ a variety of methods in order to meet each student’s needs and goals. CSA’s nurturing, creative and holistic environment builds character and equips students to become excellent artists. 

Two Ways to Start: Private Lessons or Class Instruction

Private Lessons

Our Approach

  • Instruments offered: piano, violin, cello, guitar, harp, flute, clarinet, voice
  • Students may begin at age 6, through adult.
  • Early emphasis is on note-reading, excellent technique and self-expression.
  • Parent involvement is encouraged for young students, but not required.
  • Tuition includes a weekly private lesson along with a group class required for students through grade 8. The class inspires motivation through peer interaction and strengthens musicianship through theory, ear-training, performance, music history and sight-reading.
  • Students participate in all-program concerts and recitals held in Conservatory-quality performance venues.

Steps to Enroll

After submitting registration materials, you will be contacted for placement.

1. Register
Complete the registration form (pdf) and submit with $35 registration fee to the CSA office.

2. Prepare to purchase/rent an instrument
For piano students, a non-electric piano is required. String, harp & flute students must be measured by their teacher prior to purchasing/renting an instrument.

Tuition

Private lessons + group class

30 min/15 weeks | $630*
45 min/15 weeks | $890*

*A $40/semester Events Fee applies to all private lesson students to cover administrative and production costs of concerts, festivals and studio recitals.

 

Class Instruction

Young Musicians: at the Keyboard (6–9 yrs)
Musikgarten Music Makers: at the Keyboard

A perfect foundation for private study on any instrument, these musicianship lessons at the keyboard emphasize making music with others, playing songs by ear, learning to read music and improvising. Parent attends last 15 minutes. Materials include instruction book, games, CDs and parent book.  

A 66-key, weighted keyboard or acoustic piano is required for home practice. 

$282/15 weeks | Required materials fee $60

WED 4–5:15 | Pierce 101 | Wilder
SAT 10:15–11:30 am | Pierce 101 | Wilder

 

Preparatory Program Events

 

Scholarship Competition

First and second place winners from Jr division (gr 6–8) and Sr division (gr 9–12) perform in a designated concert and receive a prize in the form of CSA tuition credit.

Scholarship competition auditions: Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Pierce Chapel

Prep Jazz/Pop Recital

The Jazz Pop Festival offers Preparatory piano students the opportunity to perform in a jazz trio with Wheaton College students. This unique event highlights blues, jazz, pop, rock, contemporary Christian music and more.

Sunday, March 2, 2014
McAlister 136

Open Recitals

Open Recitals are regularlay scheduled to offer the opportunity for all students to perform!  Check for specific dates on the Student Academic Calendar.

"With our teacher’s positive style and encouraging spirit, how can a student not be inspired?"  CSA Parent

"Our teacher has always demonstrated a passion for teaching, as well as playing music. She is extremely creative in exploring ideas to maximize my son’s potential."  CSA Parent

"Our CSA teacher is the most supportive, fair, and encouraging instructor I have ever seen. She asks a lot, but always gives even more. Just being with her helps my daughter to develop positive life skills."  CSA Parent

CSA’s Prep program provides individualized music lessons with a traditional approach to over 250 students. Our outstanding faculty members hold advanced degrees, have extensive experience working with students of all levels and employ a variety of methods in order to meet each student’s needs and goals. CSA’s nurturing, creative and holistic environment builds character and equips students to become excellent artists. 

Two Ways to Start: Private Lessons or Class Instruction

Private Lessons

Our Approach

  • Instruments offered: piano, violin, cello, guitar, harp, flute, clarinet, voice
  • Students may begin at age 6, through adult.
  • Early emphasis is on note-reading, excellent technique and self-expression.
  • Parent involvement is encouraged for young students, but not required.
  • Tuition includes a weekly private lesson along with a group class required for students through grade 8. The class inspires motivation through peer interaction and strengthens musicianship through theory, ear-training, performance, music history and sight-reading.
  • Students participate in all-program concerts and recitals held in Conservatory-quality performance venues.

Steps to Enroll

After submitting registration materials, you will be contacted for placement.

1. Register
Complete the registration form (pdf) and submit with $35 registration fee to the CSA office.

2. Prepare to purchase/rent an instrument
For piano students, a non-electric piano is required. String, harp & flute students must be measured by their teacher prior to purchasing/renting an instrument.

Tuition

Private lessons + group class

30 min/15 weeks | $630*
45 min/15 weeks | $890*

*A $40/semester Events Fee applies to all private lesson students to cover administrative and production costs of concerts, festivals and studio recitals.

 

Class Instruction

Young Musicians: at the Keyboard (6–9 yrs)
Musikgarten Music Makers: at the Keyboard

A perfect foundation for private study on any instrument, these musicianship lessons at the keyboard emphasize making music with others, playing songs by ear, learning to read music and improvising. Parent attends last 15 minutes. Materials include instruction book, games, CDs and parent book.  

A 66-key, weighted keyboard or acoustic piano is required for home practice. 

$282/15 weeks | Required materials fee $60

WED 4–5:15 | Pierce 101 | Wilder
SAT 10:15–11:30 am | Pierce 101 | Wilder

 

Preparatory Program Events

 

Scholarship Competition

First and second place winners from Jr division (gr 6–8) and Sr division (gr 9–12) perform in a designated concert and receive a prize in the form of CSA tuition credit.

Scholarship competition auditions: Sunday, January 26, 2014 in Pierce Chapel

Prep Jazz/Pop Recital

The Jazz Pop Festival offers Preparatory piano students the opportunity to perform in a jazz trio with Wheaton College students. This unique event highlights blues, jazz, pop, rock, contemporary Christian music and more.

Sunday, March 2, 2014
McAlister 136

Open Recitals

Open Recitals are regularlay scheduled to offer the opportunity for all students to perform!  Check for specific dates on the Student Academic Calendar.