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.

Contact Information

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

Community Music Lessons

For learners of all ages

Welcome to UW-Madison’s Community Music Lesson (CML) Program! Our instructors, who are undergraduate and graduate students at the UW-Madison School of Music, are well-trained and recommended by their primary professor.

We offer lessons on violin, viola, cello, guitar, flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, voice, saxophone, French horn, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and percussion.

Please see the tab labeled “Available Instructors” for more updated information as this is subject to change.

CML Policies & Registration Information

CML Calendar Spring 2016

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

Important Dates – Spring 2016
Registration Opens January 22nd, 2016
Lessons Begin February 1st, 2016
The last day for CML lessons will be April 29th, 2016


Registration for Spring 2016 is now open.

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

2015 – 2016 Tuition Rates

Undergraduate Instructor:

  • 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:

  • 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):

  • $100/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.
  • 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.
  • CML recommends that parents with children under the age of 18 accompany their son and/or daughter in the practice room in which the lesson is taking place. If a parent prefers to not be in the practice room, we ask that the parent remain outside of the practice room in the hallway in which the lesson is taking place or in the lobby if it is within earshot of the lesson. Befor​e each lesson, a parent or guardian is required to initial a form that each instructor will have with them, stating that they were present either in the practice room or in the hallway for the lesson. This policy is intended to protect both students and instructors.

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.
Read about our teachers! Teacher Biographies

Undergraduate Instructors
Violin   No more openings spring 2016

Graduate Instructors

French Horn
Guitar   No more openings spring 2016

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