COVID-19 Update:

Due to the virus, the Community Music School building is temporarily closed to the public until further notice.

In order to preserve the health and safety of our community, we have instituted community safety procedures for our building based upon Lawrence University, CDC, and health department guidelines. Families registered in private lessons must read and follow the procedures listed in the document linked below.

Community Safety Procedures



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

Girl Choir students singing, two ASTRO string bass students posing for the camera, a balinese gamelan class, a student studying music theory on the white board, a private saxophone lesson with an adult student

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 seeks to provide outstanding musical opportunities for individuals of all ages 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
The Community Music School will partially reopen on Monday, August 3. The lobby will remain closed and the office will be 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 teacher's teaching plan and schedule. Parents and siblings will be required to wait outside the building while a student is in a lesson. Those in the building will be required to wear masks, maintain a six-foot distance from others, and follow all Lawrence University protocol for health and safety. We await information from local school districts as well as local health officials to make final decisions regarding expanding our fall instruction. Full information regarding each program's instructional and safety plan will be sent directly to enrolled participants before instruction begins.

July 30, 2020:
Community Safety Procedures - Private Lessons

July 28, 2020:

Lawrence Youth String Orchestra (LYSO) Update

June 19, 2020:
Girl Choir Update
Bands Update

April 16, 2020:
Extended Closure Update

March 24, 2020: 
Comprehensive Program Update

March 15, 2020:
Due to the COVID-19 virus, all Community Music School programming will be suspended beginning Wednesday, March 18. The Community Music School building will be closed to the public during this time period. We have also canceled all youth ensemble concerts through the Community Music School for this month, which includes Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, ASTRO (now LYSO) and Philharmonia, and Girl Choir. Registered Families: Please check your email for further details.
Senior Showcase

Congratulations, Graduating Seniors! While we can’t celebrate with you in-person, we’re excited to recognize your achievements with a virtual showcase. Our Senior Showcase appears on our Student Spotlight page as well as our social media pages.
2020-21 Season Auditions

Audition requests are open for the 2020-21 season of our youth ensembles. Click on the programs below for more information and to request an audition.

Report an Absence

  • Ensemble
    • To report an absence from an ensemble (ASTRO, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Girl Choir), please click here to 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



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F8:303:00 p.m.


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 temporarily closed to the public until further notice.