music logo

MTSU Community Music School

WELCOME 


ABOUT * POLICIES * PROGRAMS * REGISTER * TUITION/FEES * CALENDAR * FACULTY * CONTACT


 

CMS logo

The Middle Tennessee State University Community Music School (CMS) is dedicated to provide outstanding music education. We make it possible for all children of our community to study and create music, regardless of background, ability, or income.

We develop character and enrich lives through music. 

salvation army

The Community Music School offers two locations, including the Wright Music Building on MTSU Campus, and a satellite location at the Salvation Army of Murfreesboro.

This year we are offering instruction on String Instruments. If you want to learn Violin, Viola, Cello or Bass, there is a place for you at the Community Music School

 

 
ABOUT

Mission 

The MTSU Community Music Program is dedicated to offer high quality music education to the Rutherford County community. It also promotes a partnership between teaching and learning in music, creating an outreach program designed to inspire and foster creativity among young children. 

Vision

The MTSU Community Music Program will foster a university-community partnership that will improve the cultural climate of the community, by training the next generation of performers and educators, stimulating the growth of new public school orchestra programs, and supporting the local youth orchestras. 

Locations

CMS offers lessons at two convenient locations in Murfreesboro, TN. 

MTSU CAMPUS
Wright Music Building
1439 Faulkinberry Dr.
Murfreesboro, TN 37130    >MAP

Salvation Army
1137 W Main St.
Murfreesboro, TN 37129   >MAP

top

POLICIES 

PHOTO/VIDEO RELEASE

Students are occasionally photographed or video recorded during CMS activities. These photos or videos may be used to advertise or promote the CMS program. By enrolling in the CMS program, you agree to this policy. You will sign a Photo/Video Release at the time of registration, however, if you do not want your child's photographs or videos to be used for CMS publications, please make notice of this upon registration.

ATTENDANCE/MAKE-UP POLICY

Students are expected to attend each class and/or lesson. Lessons will not be made up if cancelled by a student nor will there be an adjustment made to tuition. A missed lesson due to faculty tardiness or absence will be made up at a mutually convenient time.

Because faculty teaching is tightly scheduled, students must make every effort to be on time for all lessons and classes. All lessons/classes will end at the scheduled time. Faculty will wait for a student for one-third of the scheduled lesson time; students are asked to do the same in the event of a teacher’s late arrival. Arrival past that time will be considered a missed lesson.

As a courtesy to your instructor, please notify CMS in advance of any absence by calling 615-631-8704. However, prior notice does not exempt the student from paying as contracted, nor does it grant the student a make-up lesson.

The Music School reserves the right to modify or cancel any class, lesson, or course due to insufficient enrollment or extenuating circumstances.

EMERGENCY CLOSING

Notification for closure due to weather or other situations is provided e-mail, the CMS website or CMS Facebook. If an individual teacher cancels, he/she will contact students directly by phone and/or email. Do not assume that CMS is closed based on public and private school cancellations.

When inclement weather or any other unforeseeable circumstances force the closing of the school for safety considerations, classes, lessons and rehearsals will not be made up and no reimbursement will be made.

WITHDRAWALS

No refunds, partial or full, will be made after the official start of the semester. A full refund will be made if a group class is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. Students that have chosen the payment plan option (two, three or four payment plan) are obligated to pay the full tuition cost if the student withdraws after the official start of the semester.

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITY

Parents are responsible for their child’s safe arrival at the school and for picking them up at the end of the lesson. Instructors and staff are not able to supervise children before and after lessons. We also ask that you supervise young children in our hallways, waiting areas and bathrooms as a courtesy to instructors and other students.

BUILDING USE

All CMS students must be taught only at the two approved locations (MTSU and Salvation Army). Teachers may not teach CMS students in their homes or any other non-approved locations. 

top

PROGRAMS

CLASSES OFFERED

Pre-Twinkle

This class is a way to introduce music to young children through singing, movement, rhythm and percussion. This class is pressure-free and a developmentally appropriate transition to musically succeed before taking on more formal instrumental instruction. In this class children will explore rhythm, notation, musical symbols and lay a solid foundation for musical aptitude and music literacy.

String Group Lessons

Heterogeneous Group Lessons to learn violin, viola, cello or bass at a beginner level. There will be two groups, according to the children’s age.  The first group, ages 7-9, and the second group, will be for kids 10-12 years old.

Suzuki Strings

Private Lessons/ Group Lesson: 30 min. weekly (private) and 50 min. weekly (group) Weekly Individual Lessons using Suzuki Instruction where children will learn basic Repertoire and Technique. Children enrolled in Suzuki Strings will have to attend a Weekly Group Class to review Technique & Suzuki repertoire.

Individual Lessons

Student must be at least 8 years old and instruction will follow traditional string pedagogy. Private lessons are 30 minutes weekly.

CLASS SCHEDULES AND LOCATIONS

Class

Ages

Cost per Semester

Day and Time

Location

Pre-Twinkle

5-6

$105

Wednesdays 4pm-5pm

Salvation Army

All Strings I

Group Class

7-9

$105

Wednesdays 4pm-5pm

Salvation Army

All Strings II

Group Class

10-12

$105

Wednesdays 4pm-5pm

Salvation Army

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-Twinkle

5-6

$105

Saturdays 9am-10am

MTSU Music School

Suzuki Strings

5-7

$380*

Includes 30min.

private lesson

Saturdays 9am-9:50am

MTSU Music School

All Strings I

Group Class

7-9

$105

Saturdays 10am-11am

MTSU Music School

All Strings II

Group Class

10-12

$105

Saturdays 10am-11am

MTSU Music School

Private Lessons

(violin, viola, cello or bass)

8-12

$310

30min. Fridays

between 3pm-8pm

MTSU Music School

top

HOW TO REGISTER

There are two ways to register:

  1. Walk-in Registration/ Open House day.There will be an Open House day at each location. Attendance to this event is optional; however, parents and students are encouraged to attend. This will be an opportunity to see the facilities, try out the instruments, meet the faculty and learn more about the CMS.
  2. Students may register any other time (between August 18 – September 20), in person at the MTSU School of Music office: 1439 Faulkinberry Dr.. Murfreesboro, TN 37132. Please note that Office Hours are Monday –Friday 8am-4:40pm.

 Auditions or prior knowledge of music is NOT required.

 We are looking forward to a wonderful new semester!  Classes begin on Wednesday, September 17th

 Parents are encouraged to attend an orientation and welcome meeting on either one of these dates:

  • Saturday, September 20th: 9:00am at MTSU Music School
  • Wednesday, September 17th: 4:00pm at the Salvation Army

Registration Form Here

top

TUITION & FEES

Pre-Twinkle

$105

Private Lessons

$310

String Group Lessons

$105

Suzuki Strings

(Private and Group Lessons)

$380

Registration Fee

$10

REGISTRATION FEE

A registration fee of $10 per student per semester is required at the time of registration. Registration fees are non-refundable.

TUITION

You may choose to pay your tuition in one, two, three or four payments. Payment must be received by due dates to avoid $10 late fee (per student).  Students who receive Financial Aid qualify for a weekly payment plan. Payments must be made preferably in cash, please. 

Financial Aid Payment Plan - Registration Fee due with registration. Tuition is paid weekly before class. 

  • Payment Plan I - One payment in full due with registration
  • Payment Plan II - Two payments (in equal installments).First payment - Due with registration Second payment - Due by 10/13/14
  • Payment Plan III - Three payments (in equal installments). First payment - Due with registration Second payment - Due by 10/13/14 Third payment - Due by 11/10/14
  • Payment Plan IV - Four payments (in equal installments).First payment - Due with registration. Second payment - Due by 10/13/14. Third payment - Due by 11/10/14.  Fourth payment – Due by 12/08/14

 RETURN CHECK SERVICE CHARGE

A Return Check Service Charge of $30 will be applied to each check returned unpaid by your financial institution.

 *As a reminder, all tuition for the 2014 Fall Semester is due in full by December 8th.  

Payments can be made at the MTSU School of Music, Monday through Friday, 9am-4pm. Payments will also be accepted at both orientations. 

FINANCIAL AID

 TUITION ASSISTANCE & DISCOUNTS 

The CMS has a limited number of financial aid awards available to assist families in need. Financial aid awards are partial (10-40% off of tuition) and eligibility is determined by gross household income and number of household members. Financial aid awards are funded as long as there are available resources.

 Financial aid applies to tuition only. Other fees such as registration fee and late fee must be paid in full.

 You can find our Financial Aid Application HERE

top

CALENDAR 

FALL SEMESTER 2014:

September 17, 2014 - December 13, 2014

Fall Registration:     

August 18 – September 12

Lessons Begin:       

Wednesday, September 17

First Payment Due:  

 

Thanksgiving Break (no lessons):

November 26-29

Final Payment Deadline:  

December 8

Last Day of Lessons:          

Saturday, December 13

top

FACULTY

Elizabeth Chua, Pre-Twinkle

Elizabeth ChuaBorn in Malaysia, Elizabeth Chua started music lessons at the age of 4, attending the Yamaha JMC course. Starting her first piano lesson at the age of 7, she received her Bachelor of Music - Classical degree in Piano Performance from UCSI University with honors. Her teachers include Son Hui Ling, Chew Beng Lin, and Dr. Nicholas Ong. In Fall 2012, Elizabeth started her Masters of Arts program, specializing in Collaborative Piano at Middle Tennessee State University under the tutelage of Dr. Arunesh Nadgir. As a graduate teaching assistant, she works with singers and instrumentalists as accompanist and coach. She also plays for the MTSU Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in various master classes during her studies, including master classes by vocal coach Dr. Arlene Shrut and world renowned pianist Robert McDonald.

Upon completion on her master’s degree in Collaborative Piano in Spring 2014, Elizabeth continues on with a second specialization in Piano Performance. Her recent achievements in solo piano playing include winning second place at the Beethoven Club of Memphis Young Artist Competition in 2013. In May 2014, she participated in the Dorothy Taubman Piano Seminar at Temple University and played in master classes with world renowned pianists, Daniel Epstein and Jonathan Feldman.

Elizabeth is a passionate teacher. She has taught students from age 4 to 60. She includes various teaching methodologies, tailoring her teachings to meet the needs of every individual. As a Suzuki piano teacher, she also uses the Music Mind Games methodology in her teachings, an excellent teaching approach to younger students.

Tong Keat Goh, Violin

Tong KeatMalaysian violinist Tong Keat Goh studied with Dr. Andrea Dawson and graduated with a Master of Arts degree from Middle Tennessee State University. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from UCSI University and a Licentiate Diploma from Trinity College of London (LTCL), which he passed with distinction and was subsequently invited to perform at the Trinity Guildhall Diploma Conferment Ceremony.

In 2014, he attended the ARIA International Summer Academy and had intensive training with renowned violinists such as James Buswell and Bayla Keyes. He also performed in the master class of Janet Packer. Tong Keat received an Outstanding Achievement Award from Middle Tennessee State University and was awarded membership to Pi Kappa Lambda, an honor society for music faculty and students. Back in Malaysia, he was a founding member of the Kuala Lumpur Performing Art Centre (KLPAC) Orchestra. Under the direction of Brian Tan and Dr. Takahisa Ota, he served as the concertmaster of the orchestra from 2010 to 2012. Apart from performing regularly with the orchestra, he performed and participated actively in various events, such as musical theater productions, music festivals and studio recordings.

Tong Keat has a strong passion for teaching. Besides having taken string pedagogy class in university, he studied Suzuki pedagogy with Edward Kreitman at the Memphis Suzuki Institute. He has experience working with students of all ages and levels.

Aurora Foster, Violin/Viola

Aurora FosterAurora Foster is originally from Mexico. She currently lives in Murfreesboro, TN after recently graduating from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) with a Master’s Degree on Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting.

During her graduate studies, Aurora studied under the instruction of Dr. Andrea Dawson and performed with the Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, in small chamber ensembles, and accompanying other ensembles such as the women’s chorale.

Aurora started violin instruction as a Suzuki student at an early age. She is now a traditional and Suzuki violin instructor. She has taught in various schools in Mexico such as the Puebla Conservatory and the Escuela Superior de Musica Fausto de Andres y Aguirre. While at MTSU she was also the Teacher Assistant of Dr. Dawson, and the Graduate Assistant of the Orchestra Director. Aurora has also collaborated with the Murfreesboro Youth orchestra and served as the conductor for the Murfreesboro Preparatory String Orchestra. She has extensive experience teaching kids as well as older students. She is certified as a Suzuki instructor and is an active member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas.

top

CONTACT US

Aurora Foster, Director
MTSU Community Music School
1439 Faulkinberry Dr.
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30a.m. – 4:30p.m.

Phone: 615-898-2469

 

Email: comm.music.school@mtsu.edu