Welcome to the Community Music Division of DePaul
University's School of Music - a community school committed to offering
the finest music instruction to people of all ages, skill levels and
We provide a broad range of programs that fit the
needs of people from children to adults, and beginners to the most
advanced students. Here, you will learn from caring and dedicated
teachers who are ready to nurture and develop your interests in a
friendly, supportive environment. We invite you to join our community of
dedicated music enthusiasts.
Director, Community Music Division
Established in 1988, the Community Music Division (CMD) is a part of the
DePaul University School of Music. The division serves more than 700
students in the Chicago area with an outstanding professional faculty of
over 70 artist-educators. The school's comprehensive offerings include
individual lessons, musicianship and instrumental classes, performance
ensembles, workshops, student recitals and DePaul Music Pathways, a
special program for children in foster care. Several collaborative
programs are also offered in partnership with Chicago area schools and the Chicago Children's Choir.
The mission of the Community Music Division is to provide the highest
quality music instruction to students of all ages and abilities,
diverse backgrounds and differing educational goals. We offer the
opportunity for serious musical study and growth in a nurturing
environment and aim to foster an atmosphere that encourages a lifelong
enjoyment of music.
The Community Music Division is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education (the preeminent organization in the
United States that has fostered the growth of community music and arts
schools since 1937), the Chicago Consortium of Community Music Schools,
the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the New Horizons
International Music Association.
The academic year is divided into three quarters: fall (12 weeks),
winter (11 weeks) and spring (10 weeks). For pre-college students,
private lessons extend for the entire length of the quarter; adult
students register for 10 weeks of lessons per quarter. Classes are held
for 10 weeks and ensembles for 8 weeks unless otherwise noted.
DePaul School Of Music
For more than a century, the School of Music has played an important
and vital role in the education of musicians and teachers. It enjoys an
established reputation for excellence and boasts a distinguished faculty
of performing artists, conductors, composers and educators. DePaul's
Lincoln Park campus, home of the School of Music, is located in one of
Chicago's most attractive residential neighborhoods. Community music
students take advantage of the school's modern facilities, which include
well-equipped classrooms, studios and performance halls.