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.

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
The Community Music School is 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. Program webpages also will 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.
Register for a music program!

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

  • Lawrence Youth String Orchestra (LYSO) - 2021-22 Season Auditions
    • LYSO provides dedicated string students the opportunity to begin performing orchestral music, emphasizing the development of reading and ensemble skills. LYSO auditions will take place Saturday, May 1. Prior registration required; reserve your spot today! (Grades 5-8)
Senior Showcase
Congratulations to our graduating seniors! We're excited to share their achievements with you via a virtual showcase. Click here for more information.

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.
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.