COVID-19 Information:

UPDATE (APRIL 13, 2022): Masking is required in our lobby as well as in in-person lessons, classes, recitals, and auditions.

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.

2021-22 COVID-19 Protocol
 

 

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

Four photos: a close-up of Girl Choir students singing at a concert, Wind Ensemble students playing at a concert, a young student playing the piano at the Honors Recital, ASTRO students performing at a concert

Welcome to 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 our interest form.

Interest Form

 

Announcements
 

2022 Senior Showcase
Congratulations to our senior students who will be graduating this spring! Our Student Spotlight page has been turned into a Senior Showcase to celebrate their achievements as we send them off on their next adventure. We are grateful to have been part of their musical journey and wish them the best!

Graduating Seniors can fill out our online form to be featured in the showcase.
 
Summer Music Opportunities
  • Acoustic Guitar Group - Open to teens & adults
    • Meet fellow beginning guitarists while improving your playing in our 8-week summer class! Participants choose from a variety of popular and folk songs to learn in a fun and supportive group setting with individualized assistance from the instructor.
       
  • Chamber Ensembles - Open to youth & adults
    • Chamber ensembles are a wonderful complement to private lessons and large ensemble experience; these small groups provide a different way of listening, responding, and playing. Groups are formed based on ability, experience, and instrumentation.
  • Early Childhood Music - Birth-5 years
    • Make music and new friends as you sing, play, and dance at the Community Music School! Classes are designed to nurture basic skills while building support for the future study of an instrument.
       

  • Music for People with Disabilities - Ages 5-adult
    • Held in partnership with Expressive Therapies, our music enrichment classes are designed to facilitate socialization and communication, motivate interaction, improve social skills, and—most importantly—provide students the opportunity to have fun through the use of different music techniques and activities.
       
  • Music Theory Partner Classes - Youth & Adult
    • Music theory is like the grammar of music. Just as knowing proper grammar and spelling helps you to become a better writer and communicator, knowing music theory helps you become a better musician and performer. Partnered classes are grouped by age and experience level.
       
2022-23 Ensembles: Auditions & Registration
  • Girl Choir - Grades 3-12, auditioned
    • Girl Choir students develop vocal technique, musical skills, creativity, expressive artistry, and an awareness of various cultures. Six auditioned choirs are primarily organized by age and stage of vocal development and secondarily by musical skill, allowing us to tailor the curriculum to meet the specific needs of our students.
       
  • Sorelle Alums' Choir - Adult Girl Choir alums
    • ​Join us on Thursday nights for an adult reunion choir led by Karen Bruno! Those who sang with the program for any length of time are welcome, as are alums of all gender identities; participants should be able to sing repertoire in the treble range (in tune and fluidly functional within at least half of the G3 to G5 range, typical of alto or soprano choral music).
       
  • Symphonic Band - Grades 7-12, non-auditioned
    • Symphonic Band students strive for a high level of musical performance in an environment driven by collaboration and camaraderie. It is an appropriate first step for students who wish to play in Wind Ensemble, our auditioned honors band.

 

Address

Walk-in

100 West Water Street
Appleton, WI 54911

Mailing

711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911

Hours

Office

M-Th8:30–4:00 p.m.
F: as needed

Building

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

Contact Us

Information

920-832-6632

Billing

920-993-6278

Email

cms@lawrence.edu

 

We collectively acknowledge that Lawrence University is situated on the ancestral homelands of the Menominee and Ho-Chunk people.