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Community Music School
Jennifer Alexandra Johnston, Director
Stevens Center, Third Floor
405 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

phone: (336) 734-2950
fax: (336) 734-2951

General Information


The Community Music School of UNCSA offers music lessons to people of all ages who live in Winston-Salem and the surrounding counties. Private lessons can be taught starting as early as age four on some instruments, and we offer a senior discount to anyone over the age of 60. We also offer the Musikgarten curriculum for children from birth through age five.

The Community Music School office schedules lessons and collects fees for all of our teachers. During the school year, most lessons take place in the afternoons and early evenings, Monday through Friday. Earlier lessons can be arranged.

To register, simply complete the enclosed PRIVATE LESSON or MUSIKGARTEN registration form and return it along with the registration fee, administrative fee (if applicable) and the fee for the first lesson (if you’re a new student) to Community Music School, 405 W. Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101.  If you prefer to register in person, we are located on the third floor of the Stevens Center (use the box office entrance). We regret that we cannot accept credit or debit cards, but we happily take cash, checks and money orders.  When we have received your registration form and fees, we will call you to schedule your lesson.  Students may register for lessons at any time during the semester as long as there are available lesson times.  Lesson fees will be pro-rated.  If there is no available lesson time, we will add your name to our waiting list and call you when there is an opening. 

At the Community Music School, we believe music is for everyone – including you!  Our youngest students are babies and our oldest students are long past retirement age.  We teach beginners of all ages as well as intermediate and advanced students. If your child is age five to seven, we strongly encourage you to enroll in our MUSIKGARTEN curriculum, although Suzuki instruction IS also available for younger violin and guitar students. Private lessons can begin for most children on any instrument at the age of eight. Keep in mind that every child is different and some variation may occur due to a child’s physical and emotional maturity and the level of parental involvement.  We are happy to talk with you about your child’s specific needs.  There is no upper age limit on when you may begin to study an instrument!

We do not rent instruments, but we can give you a list of local stores to contact about rentals.

The Community Music School is committed to the equality of educational opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants, students or employees based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability.



Soon after the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) opened in 1965, members of the music faculty began offering lessons to people in the community. Space was limited on the campus, and studios were only available on the weekends. When James Houlik joined the music faculty in 1976, he was given the responsibility of administering and growing the “Saturday Morning Music Program,” which then served fewer than 50 students. Under Houlik’s guidance, an excellent faculty of UNCSA. Ultimately, the success of the program strained the facilities at UNCSA and the Saturday Morning Music Program – now known as the Community Music School - soon needed a home of its own.

UNCSA’s renovation of the historic Carolina Theatre and Hotel as the Stevens Center for the Performing Arts presented a wonderful opportunity. Community Music School moved to spacious new studios and a flexible recital hall in the Stevens Center in 1983. Renovations in 2003 expanded Community Music’s space to two floors, and added a classroom and five new studios, bringing the total to 16. Community Music School’s central downtown location has proven to be convenient for students from Winston-Salem, Forsyth County and the Triad region.

Today, three decades after it’s founding, the Community Music School serves more than 300 students. Our faculty of some 40 gifted, professional musicians enjoys teaching as a way of sharing their talent and nurturing a love of music in others. Private lessons, early childhood music classes, and special group classes give students the chance to experience the joy of making music in the way that best suits their individual needs. Students may enroll at any time during the year with no auditions and no previous experience.

Whether you’re interested in music for yourself or your child, you’re thinking about a career in music or just want to have fun, you’re a novice or an advanced student, exploring the world of music can enrich your life. Why not get started today?