Weekly lessons in a one-on-one setting are available in piano, guitar, violin, viola, cello, voice, flute, and more. Lessons are taught by current music majors and Moody Alumni, and take place on Moody campus in Doane Memorial Music Building.

How much do lessons cost?

The cost of lessons varies depending on the qualifications of the teacher as well as the length of the semester.  Most standard semesters are fourteen weeks with some options for more or fewer lessons.  Click the “calendar” tab at the top of this page to view the current semester schedule.

Here is a list of our hourly rates to give you a basic idea of how much lessons  might cost for you. Please keep in  mind that tuition is by semester and that we do not offer a pay-per-lesson option.

Lessons with a current Moody Music Major: $36/full hour, $27/45 minutes, $18/half hour

Lessons with Moody Alumni (BA or BMus degree): $45/full hour, $33.75/45 minutes, $22.50/ half hour

Tuition may be payed in three equal installments, due by the dates specified on the semester schedule.  Late registration may result in fewer installments being available.

Lesson Payment:

Lesson payment is by semester and will be due on the dates reflected on the Semester Calendar. A payment plan is available, consisting of three equal installments.  Fewer installments will be available for late registrations. Our office will contact you by email with your semester total before your first payment.

Our CMS teachers are upper-level MBI students and CMS serves as their campus employment. Even if using a payment plan, you are contracting your teacher for the number of lessons for which you register. Our lesson fees are non-refundable.

Late payment will result in a $20 late fee. There is a $25 fee for dishonored checks.

Payments are accepted online here (https://www.moodycommunitymusic.com/payment/).  Please do not make any payments until receiving a bill from our office.  We want to make sure your payment will be the correct amount.
Checks may be addressed to Moody Bible Institute.

Lesson Times:
Lessons will be scheduled at a repeating weekly time that is mutually convenient to both the student and teacher.  The lesson will take place the same day and time each week in order to create an organized schedule for student and teacher.

Lesson Location: 
Community Music School teachers give instruction on the campus of Moody Bible Institute at 820 N. LaSalle, Chicago, IL. Most lessons are given in practice rooms in Doane Memorial Hall.

Semester Schedule:
Lessons at CMS follow the academic calendar of MBI, and are divided into semesters. The dates of each current semester are available on our Semester Calendar.

At the start of each semester, the student and teacher will discuss their availability to decide how many total lessons the student should register for. The student and teacher are responsible for scheduling the student’s lessons.

Please remember the Semester Calendar is meant to be a guide used in assisting the student and teacher in setting up a mutually agreeable schedule for the semester. Some teachers may continue to teach during MBI winter, spring, and summer breaks, and they may require you to register for lessons during that period.

Young Students must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  The adult may wait outside during the lesson, or attend the lesson if desired.  Community Music School is unable to provide child care before and after lessons.

Doane Memorial Hall Elevator: Many announcements for CMS will be posted in the elevator of Doane Memorial Hall.  In order to keep our facilities clean, please help children refrain from damaging announcements and posters in the elevator and other bulletin boards in our building.

CMS Communication: Please check your email regularly for CMS announcements.  You will also receive your semester bill through email.  Please add communitymusic@moody.edu and tiffany.thorpe@moody.edu to your address book to prevent these important announcements from being filed to your junk mail folder.

Discontinuing Lessons: 

Students who discontinue lessons before completing the semester will not receive a refund and will still be expected to complete their semester payments. In case of emergency (extreme illness, etc.), please contact the Administrator at communitymusic@moody.edu to discuss your situation.

CMS Students are expected to be present for all lessons. CMS teachers will make-up/re-schedule one lesson per semester if the student is absent. The make-up lesson must take place within the semester. If the student cancels a make-up lesson it will be forfeited. In the event that a teacher is unable to make a lesson, s/he will make-up that lesson with the student.

Please understand that your teacher is reserving a specific time for your lesson. If the student is late, the teacher is under no obligation to extend the lesson time or make it up at a later date. If the teacher is late, you will receive an extended lesson time, or it will be made up at a later date.

CMS holds informal student recitals at the end of each semester. These recitals are optional, but you are encouraged to participate. Check with your teacher or our office for the date and time.