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About Us

Susanne Baker

Welcome to the Community Music Division of the DePaul University School of Music - a community school committed to offering the finest music instruction to people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds.

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.

Susanne Baker
Director, Community Music Division

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 fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, 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. 

As a National Guild Member, the Community Music Division is committed to ensuring all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential.

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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.

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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.

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, and student recitals. Several collaborative programs are also offered in partnership with Chicago area schools and the Chicago Children's Choir.

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