MSUM Community School for the Arts (CSA)

The MSUM Community School for the Arts (CSA) is launching a new Music Lesson Program. This non-degree program currently offers weekly private lessons in the following instruments:

  • Piano (ages 6 and up)
  • Cello, Flute, Saxophone, Bassoon, Trumpet, Low Brass, Violin and Voice (ages 10 and up)

Instructors are college music students who are pursuing degrees in music education, performance, and commercial music. These students are referred to the CSA by the music faculty at MSUM and must meet high standards of musicianship and professionalism.

Date Event
January 10 Spring Session Registration Opens
January 31 Spring Session Begins
January 31 First Tuition Payment Due
March 14-18 Spring Break – No lessons
March 18 Second Tuition Payment Due
April 15 & 18 Easter Break – Lessons scheduled for Mondays and Fridays will be rescheduled.
April 29 Last Day of Spring Session Lessons
April 30 Recital in Fox Recital Hall at 10am
  • Anna Beauchamp: piano
  • Emma Dettmann: piano and saxophone
  • Kyle Kempel: piano, jazz piano
  • Claire Horn: flute
  • Andrew Danielson: saxophone
  • Brian Sterriker: bassoon
  • Jacob Woody: trumpet
  • Andrew Smith: low brass
  • Sierra Ulloa: cello, low brass, violin
  • Colton Cook: voice

12-week session: $180.00

Payment can be made in full at the beginning of session or in two payments of $90.00 each. Payments for late registrants will be prorated. All payments are made through our secure online payment system.

Tuition & Refunds

  • Lessons will not begin until tuition is paid. Tuition must be paid by the first day of the session. If choosing the option to make two payments per session, please note the due date of the second payment in the current session calendar.
  • Refunds and credits are only made in very rare circumstances and will only be considered if all attendance policies have been followed and a good faith effort has been made by both the student and the instructor to follow CSA policies through make-up lessons and consistent communication.

Withdrawals

Notice of withdrawal from lessons must be submitted in writing via email to amy.mercer@mnstate.edu. If written notice is not received, students will still be considered to be officially enrolled and will continue to be charged accordingly for tuition.

  • Registration
    • To register, please fill out the registration form. Your instructor will then contact you to schedule your weekly lesson time.
  • Building Policies
    • Lessons are held at the Roland Dille Center for the Arts – please meet teacher in foyer area in front of the Box Office at lesson time to be escorted to lesson location.
    • Students under the age of 18 should not be left unsupervised within the Center of the Arts building or outside grounds for any reason at any time. The CSA, CSA teachers, School of Performing Arts, or MSUM will not assume responsibility for your child should an accident occur while they are unattended.
    • Safety is very important to us at MSUM.
      • All instructors complete a background check as part of the hiring process.
      • Masks are required to be worn while on campus property (students may remove masks while they are playing their wind instruments in lessons).
    • A waiver form must be signed by all participants or guardian of participants.
  • Parking
    • Free parking is available in the lots after 4:30 pm.
    • Street parking is available before 4:30 pm.
  • Make-up Lesson Policies
    • Students are expected to attend lessons on a regular basis. Teachers are not required to make-up missed lesson(s) when no notice is given. Excused absences, (absences that occur where advanced notice is given) can be made-up during a mutually agreeable time, either in-person or virtually.
    • To report a student absence, please contact your teacher via phone. Refunds are not issued for lessons that the student cancels or misses.
    • Lessons cancelled by the teacher will be rescheduled at the earliest convenience of both the student and the teacher.
    • In the case of inclement weather where the campus of MSUM is closed (check www.mnstate.edu to check on campus status), lessons will either be rescheduled or held virtually. Please communicate with your instructor for a mutual decision on how lessons will be handled in the case of inclement weather.
  • Late Arrival
    • Students are expected to be on time; time will not be added to a lesson to make-up for late arrivals. Instructors will wait 15 minutes before assuming that the student will be missing the lesson. Very rarely, and only in extenuating circumstances will an instructor be tardy. If an instructor is late, they will arrange for making up the lost time at a mutually convenient time.
  • Student Expectations
    • Attend all lessons for the semester they are registered for.
    • Bring instrument, music, and any other lesson materials the instructor requires to each lesson.
    • Be committed to practicing on a regular basis as advised by their instructor.
    • Follow building policies.
  • Student Discipline
    • CSA teachers reserve the right to discontinue or terminate lessons for student disciplinary reasons. All CSA students are expected to behave with the highest respect to the School of Music facilities, CSA teachers, and other CSA students. CSA teachers reserve the right to immediately end any lesson due to disciplinary problems of any student. Disciplinary infractions of any kind will be referred first to the parents, and, if continuing, to CSA supervisors for disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may involve termination from the CSA program with tuition forfeited.
  • Tuition
    • 12-week session: $180.00. Payment can be made in full at the beginning of session or in two payments of $90.00 each. Payments for late registrants will be prorated. All payments are made through our secure online payment system.
  • Tuition and Refund Policy
    • Lessons will not begin until tuition is paid. Tuition must be paid at least 48 hours before first scheduled lesson of the session. If choosing the option to make two payments per session, please note the due date of the second payment in the current session calendar.
    • Refunds and credits are only made in very rare circumstances and will only be considered if all attendance policies have been followed and a good faith effort has been made by both the student and the instructor to follow CSA policies through make-up lessons and consistent communication.
  • Withdrawal Policy
    • Notice of withdrawal from lessons must be submitted in writing via email to amy.mercer@mnstate.edu. If written notice is not received, students will still be considered to be officially enrolled and will continue to be charged accordingly for tuition.
  • Recital
    • There will be a recital at the end of each session. Instructors will communicate with students and their parents about participation in each recital.
  • Teacher Reassignments
    • While the CSA strives to create positive growing experiences by maintaining student/teacher relationships throughout a student’s study in the CSA, periodic teacher reassignments may occur due to graduation of CSA teachers. Continuing students receive first priority in re-enrollment and teacher assignments.

Questions or concerns? Please email Dr. Amy Mercer.

Registration

Please fill out the registration form. Your instructor will then contact you to schedule your weekly lesson time.

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