COVID-19 Information:
  • If a registered student or immediate family member has been exposed to COVID-19 or if the student received a positive COVID-19 test, please submit a report via our online form as soon as possible.
  • Everyone in the building must be masked, regardless of vaccination status. Please do not enter a Lawrence building if you are experiencing respiratory symptoms.
    (Staff may be unmasked when alone in their office/studio.)

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


Open Registration: Come play with us!

Registration is open for the following programs. Click the program names for more information and signup.

  • Alums' Choir (Sorelle) - Spring Semester
    • Interested in singing with us again? Join us on Thursday evenings in Appleton for an adult reunion choir led by Karen Bruno (all returning Girl Choir singers are welcome.)
  • Balinese Gamelan - Winter and Spring Sessions
    • Experience another culture through music; no prior musical experience necessary! The term "gamelan" refers to an ensemble of traditional percussion-keyed instruments, including gongs, drums, metallophones, and bamboo flutes from Indonesia.(ages 5-adult)
  • Chamber Ensembles - Spring Semester
    • Chamber ensembles are a wonderful complement to private lesson and large ensemble experience; hone your musicianship skills in a small group that provides a different way of listening, responding, and playing. (open to youth and adult string players)

  • Early Childhood Music - Winter Session
    • Form a learning team with your child as you sing, play, and dance together with Ms. Nell and friends. A holiday video series is offered in December, and an in-person class will be available January-March. (birth-5 years)

  • Music for People with Disabilities - Spring Semester
    • ​Led by board-certified music therapist Sara Devine, our 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. (ages 5-adult)

  • Symphonic Band - Spring Semester
    • Symphonic Band is a non-auditioned community band open to dedicated woodwind, brass, and percussion students who wish to perform challenging band literature. (grades 7-12, 2+ years experience on instrument)

Community Spotlights
A strong, supportive musical community is one of the distinguishing characteristics of the Lawrence Community Music School. To celebrate our community coming back together, we're featuring students, alums, and teachers in spotlights to be posted in our lobby and online. Click here to read more about your fellow musicians.

  • Our student spotlight features the Munson family, who has participated in our programs for 13 years.
  • Our alum spotlight features former Girl Choir singer Chelsey Burke, who is currently singing with our Alums' Choir.
  • Our teacher spotlight features piano instructor Larisa Topolkaraeva, who has taught with us for 26 years.
Interested in being featured? Fill out our online form to receive more information.




100 West Water Street
Appleton, WI 54911


711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911



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F: as needed


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

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