The University of Central Arkansas’ Community School of Music (CSM) will hold walk-in registration through Wednesday for the spring semester, according to Jann Bryant, CSM director. 

Registration hours are 7:30 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. in the UCA Snow Fine Arts Center, room 203. Registration will continue Jan. 5-7, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Private and group music lessons will begin the week of Jan. 18 and are set up on a 13-week semester unless otherwise noted. Students may also register by mail or e-mail or from now through Jan. 7. Class information and registration forms may be accessed on the CSM website at 

To contact the CSM office by phone, call 501-450-5755 or 450-3672. The office will reopen Jan. 3.

The Community School of Music is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Approximately 10,000 individual students in central Arkansas and surrounding counties — as well as students from Oklahoma, Missouri and Tennessee — have received musical training from CSM instructors. Many have gone onto pursue degrees in music and are now teachers or professional musicians. A number of former CSM students have taught or are currently teaching lessons in the CSM.

The CSM provides adults and children in the central Arkansas area with an opportunity to pursue music study in a university setting. Private instruction is offered in piano, voice, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and all band and orchestral instruments. The Community School has an average enrollment of 300-350 students a semester, instructed by approximately 65 instructors. The faculty of the Community School consists primarily of UCA Department of Music faculty members and selected graduate and undergraduate students, but also includes adjunct instructors who are professional musicians.           

Musical Adventures is replacing Kindermusik for children ages 5 and under. "Quarter Notes!" is a music class for children 18 months-3 years old and "Half Notes!!" is for children 3-5 years old. 

Both classes are scheduled for Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 18 and day and evening classes will be available. A class for babies 6-18 months (Eighth Notes) will be offered if there is enough interest. A minimum of four children are necessary for "Eighth Notes" to meet, and six is the minimum for the other two classes. Beth Lasley will teach these classes.  

Catherine Becker, Suzuki violin instructor, will be accepting young students on Mondays and Tuesdays. In the Suzuki or Mother Tongue method,children, ages 4 and up, learn music just as they learn their own language, through listening, encouragement, and repetition in practice. A parent or caregiver attends each lesson and assists the child at home.  Private lessons are given each week and several group lessons will be taught also.  

Terrie Shires, instructor of music at UCA, will be teaching the Little Mozart Pre-Piano Class for children currently in grades K-2. This is an introduction to the keyboard and an excellent program to determine readiness for piano lessons. There will be a total of six classes, which will meet Tuesdays, from 4:30-5 p.m., beginning Jan. 25. The group method encourages practice and provides performance experience during the class.  Maximum class size is six, with a minimum enrollment of four to make a class.  

Class Guitar for Beginners, for children and adults ages 11 and up, will meet Thursdays, 6-7 p.m., beginning Jan. 20. Smokey Emerson, Instructor of Music and guitar professor at UCA, teaches the class. This is an excellent method for students with little or no experience playing the guitar and an economical way to learn guitar basics. The class meets a total of 12 weeks. An acoustic guitar is recommended.

The award-winning Central Arkansas Children’s Choir (CACC) will hold their first spring rehearsal Monday, Jan., 24, from 6-7:30 p.m. The CACC, led by Dr. Ryan Fisher and assisted by Dr. Paige Rose, is open to students in grades 4-8. Two groups, Choristers, a training choir, and the Concert Choir rehearse each Monday at UCA. Students receive instruction in vocal technique, learn a variety of music in many styles and languages, perform several concerts each semester, and compete in a regional competition annually in the spring. A short audition is required for membership and any student who is interested may audition on Jan. 10, beginning at 6 p.m. Parents should contact the Community School office at 450-5755 or 450-3672. 

Donations are also being accepted for-need-based scholarships, and all donations are tax-deductible.