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Private Instruction

A student and instructor in private piano lessons


Students who study piano should have access to an acoustic piano or, if using an electric piano, a keyboard with weighted keys. 

Private cello lesson

Stringed Instruments

Violins, violas, cellos, and string basses come in different sizes which enable them to be played by young children and adults alike. We recommend that a student is measured for the appropriate sized instrument by a professional. Please contact our office for recommendations of instrument dealers in our area.

Vocal performance

Vocal Study

Students who study voice will receive foundational training which includes note reading and general music theory. Vocal styles taught include classical, pop, rock, folk, country, jazz, and gospel. Private vocal study for young children requires an assessment for readiness.

A student plays a guitar at a recital


Students who study guitar will learn to read music. Lessons are offered on both acoustic and electric guitar, and students are expected to bring their own instrument to lessons.

A student plays a trombone

Woodwind, Brass, and Percussion Instruments

Wind and percussion instruments come in one size which is why it is generally recommended that students delay study until they are big enough to physically handle the instrument (usually 5th grade). We offer instruction on: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, baritone, tuba, mallet and battery percussion. Please contact our office for recommendations of dealers in our area from which you can rent an instrument.

Group Classes

A student in a Piano Safari Friends class with a stuffed chipmunk

Piano Safari Friends

Meet the Piano Safari Friends as your 4-6 year old starts on their piano journey.  Piano Safari Friends is intended to prepare students for Piano Safari Level 1. Its aim is to provide young children with rich and enjoyable musical experiences through movement, singing, imitating, improvising, and learning the fundamentals of rhythmic notation and pre-staff reading. Ownership of a piano is required.  Book is included.  

​This class begins in the fall and runs a full year. Spring enrollment for continuing students only.

Katherine Fisher, instructor
Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room 540, Glidden Hall
For pre-k through 1st graders
$250 for 12 classes (books included)

​First class - January 10, 2022 - continuing students only

Students in a Piano Safari class with stuffed giraffe and lion

Piano Safari - Level 1

Set off on a musical journey to explore fundamental musical and technical concepts. Piano Safari is an exciting new approach to learning piano that combines the best of established pedagogical traditions with innovative ideas. Students will be taught the basics of music theory, reading notation, and how to play with excellent technique and musicianship. Ownership of a piano is required.  Books are included.  

​This class begins in the fall and runs a full year. Spring enrollment for continuing students only.

​Wendy Blackwood, instructor
Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Room 540, Glidden Hall
For 2nd-4th graders
$250 for 12 classes (books included)

​First class - January 11, 2022 - continuing students only

KidSing! students stand in a circle


Children will learn the FUNdamentals of music through games and play and develop their singing voices in preparation for participation in the Athens Children’s Chorus.

​Melanie Horne, instructor
Saturdays, 9:45-10:30 a.m.
Room 494, Glidden Hall
For 1st & 2nd graders only
$80 for 8 classes

​First class - January 29, 2022


Athens Youth Chorus performs at a recital

Athens Chorus Group

Melanie Horne, director

The Athens Youth Chorus is a performance ensemble, which focuses on healthy and expressive singing habits, rehearsal and performance techniques, and music reading skills.  The ensemble performs 2- and 3-part songs, partner songs, and canons at various concerts throughout the year including a children’s chorus festival.  Students learn musical concepts by singing quality music appropriate to the child voice from a variety of periods and a wide range of styles and cultures.

Apprentices - for children in grades 3-5; non-auditioned; spring -  meets 6:30-7:15 p.m. on Thursdays in room 494, Glidden Hall.

Advanced Ensemble - for children in grades 6-9; audition required; spring - meets 6:45-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays in room 494, Glidden Hall.

​Tuition is $125 for the spring semester.

More information about Athens Chorus Group

Students practice piano

Piano Ensemble Project

Laura Silva, director

​Join the piano orchestra!  

​This group aims to promote collaborative music making in young piano students. Orchestral scores are arranged for piano at varying levels, both in terms of difficulty and number of performers. Each pianist’s part represents a different section of the orchestra, and percussionists play the symphonic repertoire with the ensemble!  This targets many musical skills, including rhythmic accuracy, following a conductor, sight reading, artistic interpretation, and aural skills. This unique model of chamber music keeps students motivated and engaged while offering a team atmosphere that they can enjoy. The rehearsals and onstage performing experience also provide psychosocial enrichment for the children and teenagers involved. Students must be able to read music at the piano. 

Tuesdays 6:00-6:45 p.m. - intermediate pianists

Thursdays 5:30-6:15 p.m. - elementary pianists

Room 560, Glidden Hall

​First class - January 25, 2022

Cadet Strings fall 2021

Cadet Strings

The Cadet Strings group focuses on developing individual string technique as well as group performance skills. One concert will be presented per semester. Music is provided. Students must provide their own instruments.

This group is for 3rd-6th graders who are new to the string family or have beginning string experience. 

Fall and Spring; meets 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays in Glidden 494.

Tuition is $125 for the spring semester.

First rehearsal - January 18, 2022

A(ppalachian)CMS Cadet Strings practice

A(ppalachian)CMS Cadet Strings

The A(ppalachian)CMS Cadet Strings program was launched in the fall of 2019 to provide string instruction in communities around Southeast Ohio where string education is not readily available. 

2020 caused a pause in the rollout, but the Cadet Strings will be restarting in Athens in the 2021-2022 school year. This program will offer group instruction on orchestral string instruments highlighting a variety of music styles and celebrating the rich string heritage already revered in Appalachia. Based on the successful Cadet Strings program at the Athens Community Music School at Ohio University, the Cadet Strings programs may be branching to other sites in 2022-2023. 

Please contact the ACMS office at 740-593-4241 or acms@ohio.edu if you are interested in seeing this program at your school or town in the Southeast Ohio region. 

Jazz musicians perform

Athens Community Jazz Ensemble

Dr. Matt James, director

Seeking musicians to join us for the inaugural season of the Athens Community Jazz Ensemble - a band for instrumentalists 19 and up celebrating America's music. Rehearsals will be twice a month on Sundays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Saxophone, trombone, trumpet, guitar, bass, drums, and piano welcome.

​Registration must be completed online, and only the $10 registration fee is required per semester.

​First rehearsal - January 23, 2022

Chorus members holding sheet music

Choral Union

Dr. Dominique Petite, director

​Choral Union is a large, mixed chorus of students, faculty, and townspeople. The ensemble unites annually with the Ohio University Symphony to perform outstanding major choral works. Community members rehearse on Mondays from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Registration must be completed online, and only the $10 registration fee is required.

​First rehearsal - January 24, 2022

An orchestra performs

Campus Orchestra

Dr. José Rocha, director

​The Campus Orchestra is intended for intermediate to advanced orchestral stringed instrument players and is open to all members of the community from middle school through adults. Meets on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

​Participants may register for OU credit. Contact Dr. Rocha at rocha@ohio.edu for more information about credit.

​Registration must be completed online, and only the $10 registration fee is required.

​First rehearsal - January 18, 2022