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



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 partially re-opened Monday, August 3. 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 teacher's teaching plan and schedule. Full information regarding each program's instructional and safety plan will be sent directly to enrolled participants before instruction begins. Program webpages will also be updated to reflect our plans as they are determined.

Click here to view our Community Pledge and the additional procedures we have instituted to ensure the health and safety of our community.
Office Closure: November 23-27
The Community Music School office will be closed November 23-27 for Thanksgiving and will reopen on Monday, November 30. Scheduled lessons and classes will proceed as normal.

If you need to drop off payments or items, please use the secure drop box slot to the left of the front door, which is available 24/7. You may still leave voicemails and emails for our office, which will be checked the following week.

Report an Absence

  • Ensemble
    • To report an absence from an ensemble (LYSO, 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



M-Th8:30–4:00 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 only open to (masked) students attending in-person lessons. Parents/guardians and siblings must wait outside.