Contact Information

Coordinator: Kathryn Szombatfalvy
Office: 4510 Humanities


In May 2018, radio host Carol Koby featured the 40-year-old Community Music Lessons program on her radio show, “All About Living,” heard live on Saturday mornings at 10:00 am, Hank 1550 AM and 97.7 FM. Her guests were Tim Shaw, retired physician and budding violin student; Paula Su, doctoral candidate and violin teacher; Cayla Rosche, soprano and Community Music Lessons coordinator.

“I did surgery for many years, but playing the violin is ten times harder,” Shaw said. “If you put a stitch in and the vessel is still bleeding, you can put another stitch in and another clamp on. But once you’ve played that note, in front of a whole orchestra, it’s out there. There’s no take-back.”

Listen to the full archived show at

Community Music Lessons

For learners of all ages

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.

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

Registration Spring 2020

You may register for Spring lessons at any time between January 13th, 2020 and March 27th, 2020.

Lessons are taught from January 27th, 2020 – May 1st, 2020


CML Policies & Registration Information


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.

Registration form

Tuition and Fees

2019-20 Tuition Rates

Undergraduate Instructor:

  • Five 30-minute lessons = $135
  • Ten 30-minute lessons = $210
  • Five 45-minute lessons = $185
  • Ten 45-minute lessons = $310

Graduate Instructor:

  • Five 30-minute lessons = $160
  • Ten 30-minute lessons = $260
  • Five 45-minute lessons = $220
  • Ten 45-minute lessons = $385

Practice Room access (optional, see below):

  • $125/semester

Payment Policy

Payment Policy
We accept Visa and MasterCard. We do not accept payments in cash. To pay with a check or with WiscCard, please contact the CML coordinator before registering.
Tuition must be paid in full at the time of registration. No lessons may be given without advance receipt of payment (lesson 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. Before 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 $125 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:

  • 12-8pm daily starting on May 15, excepting May 29, July 4, and Labor Day, when we are closed.

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.


CML prides itself on offering a wide variety of instruments for private study, though not all areas are available for instruction each semester.  Instructor availability is first come, first serve.

Read Fall 2019 instructor biographies here.

Information for Lesson Providers

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

Links for current Lesson Providers:

Contact Information

Coordinator: Kathryn Szombatfalvy
Office: Room 4510, Humanities Building
Email: CML