University of Illinois Springfield Community Music School

Welcome to the UIS Community Music Program, offering instrumental and vocal instruction to students and adults, aged 5+. The purpose of this program is to offer affordable, high quality, individualized music instruction and performance opportunities that enrich our community and campus.

Who Can Enroll?

Individual lessons are offered to students aged 5+, and adults for weekly half-hour, 45-minute, or 1-hour lessons.

UIS Community Music School Application

Online Application Form (CLICK HERE) 

Contact Amanda Lazzara at music@uis.edu, or call (217) 206-6240 with any questions about the application process.

Instruments

Lessons are offered on the following instruments:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass
  • Flute/Piccolo
  • Clarinet

  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • French Horn
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Tuba

  • Saxophone
  • Piano
  • Percussion
  • Guitar
  • Voice

Lessons are available on a case-by-case basis on traditional musical instruments from around the globe. If you are interested in lessons on a traditional musical instrument, email music@uis.edu or call (217) 206-6240.

Community Music School Faculty

Faculty Roster

Scheduling

Lessons are offered weekly during the fall and spring semesters. Students are required to enroll for at least 12 weeks of lessons per semester. Individual lesson days/times are arranged by student and instructor.

Cost

Applying for lessons is free! Lesson Fee and Administrative Fee are due only once your application has been processed and lessons have been arranged with an instructor. Simply sign back in to your UISCMS account to complete payment.

Per Semester

  • 30-minute private lessons: $275 per semester ($250 lesson fee + $25 administrative fee) (12)
  • 45-minute private lessons: $400 per semester ($375 lesson fee + $25 administrative fee) (12)
  • 60-minute private lessons: $525 per semester ($500 lesson fee + $25 administrative fee) (12)

Per Academic Year

Students that enroll for lessons for the full academic year (two semesters) pay a reduced one-time administrative fee of $40

  • 30-minute private lessons: $540 per academic year ($500 lesson fee + $40 administrative fee) (24)
  • 45-minute private lessons: $790 per academic year ($750 lesson fee + $40 administrative fee) (24)
  • 60-minute private lessons: $1,040 per academic year ($1000 lesson fee + $40 administrative fee) (24)

Individual Lesson Purchase Option: Extra Lessons

With instructor approval, a student may request to add additional lessons to the standard 12 lessons per semester, or 24 lessons per academic year. There is a limit of 5 extra lessons per semester. Notfiy your instructor of your interest in the extra lessons(s). Upon confirmation by your instructor, you will receive a link to submit payment. Your extra lessons(s) will commence only once you have submitted payment in full.

  • Each additional 30-minute lesson: $22
  • Each additional 45-minute lesson: $32
  • Each additional 60-minute lesson: $42

Trial Lesson Option:

Prospective students are welcome to enroll in a trial lesson with an instructor. If a trial lesson is followed by a student enrolling in semester or academic year lessons, the trial lesson will count towards the 12 or 24 lesson total. *A credit will be given towards the semester or academic fee for the cost of the trial lesson. An administrative fee is not required when taking a trial lesson.

  • Each 30 minute trial lesson: $22
  • Each 45-minute trial lesson: $32
  • Each 60-minute trial lesson: $42

Discounts

  • Family Discount – Each additional family member will receive a $10 discount from administrative fee (up to 3)
  • Academic Year Discount – Enroll in lessons for the full academic year and receive a $10 off of the $50 administrative fee

Tuition Due in Full

  • August 25 for fall semester or for academic year
  • January 05 for spring semester

Late Enrollment Fee

  • Available through September 10 (additional $10) for fall semester or for academic year
  • Available through January 30 (additional $10) for spring semester

Current Academic Calendar

Additional Information

Payment

Payment is due by the dates listed above, and is payable online, or by check written to the UIS Community Music School. If payment is not received at the first lesson, the instructor has the right to cancel lessons until payment is received. Except on a rare case-by-case basis, if a student withdraws from lessons at any time, he/she will not be issued a refund.

Instruments

Student Musicians are required to provide their own instruments for lessons and practice (with the exception of pianos and some percussion instruments that are provided for lessons).

Music Scores

Students may be required to purchase music scores and method books.

End-of-Semester Recital Option

Each semester, Community Music School students will have the opportunity to perform on a student recital. Instructor permission required.

Lesson Location

Lessons are held in the Visual and Performing Arts Building on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield. You will be notified of your specific lesson location by your instructor.

Accompanist

Students will be provided with a list of local piano accompanists. Instructors may request use of an accompanist in performance/lessons.

Attendance Policy

In the event of absence, notify your instructor at least 24-hours in advance or as far in advance as possible. One make-up lesson is granted each semester, provided that the student has given the instructor at least 24 hours advanced notice. A lesson missed due to bad weather may be made up if time allows.


*Tuition Refunds are only possible on a rare case-by-case basis.

*If an instructor cancels a lesson, a make-up lesson will be scheduled at a mutually convenient time.

*If lessons have been suspended due to delinquent payment, make-up lessons will not be scheduled.

*The Community Music School is not open to students that are enrolled at UIS.


Music Ensembles

Band – Chorus – Orchestra

Music ensembles are open to students in the Community Music School who are 12 years of age, or older, with permission of their instructor. Check the appropriate box on the application form to indicate your interest in an ensemble. Students may participate in more than one ensemble.

Online Application Form (CLICK HERE)