COVID-19 Update:

Due to the virus, the Community Music School building is temporarily closed to the public until further notice. Only students attending in-person lessons may enter (masked); parents/guardians and siblings must wait outside.

In order to preserve the health and safety of our community, we have instituted the community safety procedures linked below based upon Lawrence University, CDC, and health department guidelines.

Community Safety Procedures    Fall 2021 Updated Protocol


The Lawrence Community School Logo. It features two stylized sixteenth notes with a tie at the bottom, shaped like a smiley face.

Three photos from the 2020-21 academic year: a toddler watching Ms. Nell on TV with puppets, a Zoom call of Girl Choir students, and masked students playing violas at a LYSO rehearsal.

Welcome to the Lawrence Community Music School

The same music school you know and love with a new name: the Lawrence Academy of Music is now the Lawrence Community Music School!

Founded in 1874, the Community Music School is a nonprofit division of Lawrence University that provides music-making opportunities to individuals of all ages and abilities in Northeast Wisconsin. Click here for more information on each of our music programs, including private lessons, classes, ensembles, and other musical opportunities.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list or are interested in private lessons, please click the button below to fill out an interest form.

Interest Form


Click the buttons below to read through our announcements. You can also click here to view our calendar of upcoming events.

COVID-19 Updates
Throughout the summer, Community Music School will be partially open. The lobby remains closed and the office is staffed Monday-Thursday for limited hours; most office functioning will remain remote. Piano and strings teachers may choose to teach private lessons in the building; all other instruction will remain online. Students should contact their individual teachers to learn of their teaching plan and schedule. Full information regarding each program's instructional and safety plan will be sent directly to enrolled participants before instruction begins.

  • Click here to view our Community Pledge and the additional procedures we have instituted to ensure the health and safety of our community; these guidelines will be active through summer 2021.
  • Click here to view our Fall 2021 COVID-19 Protocol page, which includes guidelines for each of our programs.
Register for a music program!

Registration is open for the following Community Music School programs - click on the program names for more information.

  • Symphonic Band - 2021-22 Season
    • Symphonic Band is a non-auditioned community band open to dedicated woodwind, brass, and percussion students who wish to perform challenging band literature. It is an appropriate first step for those who would like to participate in Wind Ensemble, our auditioned honors band. (open to students entering grades 7-12, 2+ years experience on instrument)
2021-22 Ensemble Auditions
We're excited to share the 2021-22 academic year with the young musicians in our community! Click the ensemble names below for more information on auditions. Details on the upcoming season are being finalized and will be communicated as soon as they are available.

  • Girl Choir - Auditions
    • The Lawrence Community Girl Choir program is open by audition to students who identify as female. We are planning a return to in-person singing that aligns with health and safety guidelines for all ages. Due to the unusual circumstances this year, there will be an additional audition date in August. (open to students entering grades 3-12)
  • Lawrence Youth String Orchestra (LYSO) - Auditions
    • LYSO—formerly the Academy String Orchestra (ASTRO)—provides dedicated string students in the opportunity to begin performing orchestral music. Additional 2021-22 season auditions will be held in the summer. (open to students entering grades 5-8)

  • Wind Ensemble - Auditions
    • The Lawrence Community Wind Ensemble is an honors band open by audition to advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion players. (open to students entering grades 10-12)

Report an Absence

  • Youth Ensemble
    • To report an absence from a youth ensemble (LYSO, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Girl Choir), please click here and fill out the Ensemble Absence Form.
  • Private Lesson
    • To report an absence from a private lesson, please communicate directly with your instructor. Contact information is provided in the front of your student notebook.




100 West Water Street
Appleton, WI 54911


711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911



M-Th8:30–4:00 p.m.
F: remote only


M-F8:308:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday as needed

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* Due to the COVID-19 virus, the Community Music School building is only open to (masked) students attending in-person lessons. Parents/guardians and siblings must wait outside.