Community Music School

Welcome to the UNI Community Music School!

The Community Music School, an outreach program of the UNI School of Music, believes that "Music Should Last a Lifetime!' and offers a variety of musical opportunities for members of the Cedar Valley community.  Classes, ensembles, and lessons are offered year-round for students of all ages and abilities. All CMS events are held on the UNI campus in the UNI School of Music facilities and other appropriate area community sites in Cedar Falls and Waterloo, IA. Music lessons are available on woodwind, brass, keyboard, percussion instruments, for voice, as well as, group piano classes for adult beginners, Music for Little Mozarts piano class, the Children’s Choir, the New Horizons Band, and Camp Musicmania.  

The Community Music School (CMS) staff includes professional music educators, performers, and UNI School of Music students. 

Benefits of Music Making

  • Encourages Creativity: Music affects our creativity through enhanced brain activity. This can inspire innovative solutions and evoke memories, emotions, and experiences—all powerful catalysts for ideation.
  • Elevates Moods: Playing piano can alter emotions through the release of serotonin and dopamine, “feel-good” neurotransmitters that provide the brain with positive emotions. It’s a safe and natural mood booster! 
  • Calms the Mind: People who make music, experience less anxiety, loneliness, and depression. It is great for mental health and clarity.
  • Fosters Community: For more than 300 years, the piano has been a staple of the home, bringing together families and friends, and strengthening communities with the power of music.

Keep in touch with the UNI Community Music School!

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