Information for Lesson Providers

If you would like to give lessons, click to download these documents:

Links for current Lesson Providers:

Contact Information

Coordinator: Samantha Sinai
Office: Humanities 4510, hours by appointment
Email: CML

Community Music Lessons

The Community Music Lessons (CML) program, founded in 1968 under the auspices of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Music, provides college students with valuable experience teaching applied music lessons for children and adults. Lessons are provided by undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the School of Music who are overseen by individual faculty members, an experienced graduate coordinator, and a staff supervisor. Lessons are taught on campus, in the Mosse Humanities Building.  

Music instructors are matched with University and community learners interested in beginning or continuing study of an instrument or voice in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Flexible scheduling and performance opportunities enhance the CML program, is an example of the Wisconsin Idea in practice.

CML Policies & Registration Information

CML Calendar Fall 2015

* Lesson times are scheduled between the instructor and the student.

Important Dates: Fall 2015

Registration processing and Music Instructor assignments begin September 8th

Lessons are available beginning on September 14th

The deadline to register for CML will be September 21st

The last day for CML lessons will be December 11th


We are currently accepting new applications for five lessons only. Please register today!

Use the form below to register for Community Music Lessons.  If the form says “Oops, something went wrong,” that means that CML is not currently accepting new students.  Check back at the beginning of the registration period in order to register.

Tuition and Fees

2014 – 2015 Tuition Rates

Undergraduate Instructor for 10 Lessons:

  • Five 30-minute lessons = $125 + registration fee
  • Ten 30-minute lessons = $200 + registration fee
  • Five 45-minute lessons = $175 + registration fee
  • Ten 45-minute lessons = $300 + registration fee

Graduate Instructor for 10 Lessons:

  • Five 30-minute lessons = $150 + registration fee
  • Ten 30-minute lessons = $250 + registration fee
  • Five 45-minute lessons = $210 registration fee
  • Ten 45-minute lessons = $375 + registration fee

Practice Room access (optional, see below):

  • $80/semester

Payment Policy

We accept Visa and MasterCard. We do not accept payments in cash. To pay with a check, with WiscCard, or to redeem credits from a previous semester, please contact the CML coordinator before registering.

Tuition along with an administrative fee ($10) must be paid in full at the time of registration. No lessons may be given without advance receipt of payment (lesson fee + registration fee).

Lesson Policies

Lesson Policies
Please keep these policies for reference. Participation in the CML program indicates agreement with the following:

  • Minimum age for CML participation is 8 years old. Students must have already reached the age of 8 on or before the first lesson.
  • A parent or guardian must be present for lessons with students who are under the age of 18.
  • Students are allowed one excused absence for which a make-up lesson will be scheduled by the teacher. An excused absence must be reported at least 24 hours before the lesson. Subsequent missed lessons will not be rescheduled or refunded.
  • Students and Instructors are expected to arrive on time. Instructors are required to wait no longer than 10 minutes past the beginning of the scheduled lesson time. Missed lessons due to tardiness will not be refunded.
  • Religious holiday conflicts should be resolved on an individual basis with the Instructor.
  • Eating, drinking, and gum-chewing are not allowed in practice rooms or in any room with a piano.

Practice Room Information for CML Participants

Practice room information for CML participants

Practice room access is optional and costs $100 per semester; click here to purchase.

During the academic year, practice rooms are open to CML participants during these times:

  • Monday through Friday, 8:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 to 11:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

During the summer, practice rooms are open to CML participants:

  • Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Practice room and building hours will be limited during University holidays, breaks, and emergencies.

For additional information on practice rooms, please visit the Music Facilities page.

Available Instructors

Check this page regularly for instructor availability updates. If you register for lessons and there is no instructor available, you will be offered a refund or the opportunity to convert to a different instructor level or lesson length.

Undergraduate Instructors


Graduate Instructors