Contact Info

          Music and Theatre
          Alexander Music Center
          110 Kiltie Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2555

          Dr. Gary Grant
          Office:  Alexander Music Center
          Room 127
          Phone: (814) 732-2555

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          Community Music School

          Two Locations: 
          EU Main campus (Alexander Music Center)  
          Porreco Campus in Erie (2951 West 38th Street)

          CMS Spring 2020 Session – January 21 to April 27

          Applications for scholarship aid are due by January 16, at 5:00 pm.
          We accept new students all semester, pending teaching availability

          Download a PDF version of the Spring 2020 brochure

          Register online

          Our mission: teaching children and adults to make and appreciate music.  Private lessons and group classes are available year-round and are a great way to begin or enhance your musical experience.  CMS recitals are held at the end of each semester, on campus.

          Our instructors are experienced professionals with advanced degrees, Edinboro University music faculty, or advanced music major student teachers. Some offerings are specific to location.  (i.e. lessons with student teachers are available only the Edinboro campus.)

          Rates vary by the instructor, the class, or length of lesson - 30, 45 or 60 minutes. Please contact the office (814) 732-1357 for rates for specific teachers and/or longer lessons.

          Edinboro University Students are eligible to receive a “Life Experience Credit” for their transcript, after completing one semester of lessons.

          Late/partial semester enrollment: Students may enroll in private lessons throughout the semester at pro-rated tuition rates, pending teacher availability.

          Scheduling: the day and time of your lesson is determined jointly by you and your teacher.

          Adult Group Classes:
               Adult Group Piano IV: begins Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2:00-2:50 p.m., in Alexander Music Center Room 222.  10 weeks of class, meeting once per week.  Rate: $100 + spring registration fee.

          Lessons and Classes Offered

          Piano: Piano; Suzuki Piano**
          Adult Group Class Piano IV: (for those with a little experience)
          Voice: for children, teens and adults
          Strings: Guitar, Ukulele, Suzuki Violin*, Violin, Viola, Celtic Harp
          Woodwinds: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Recorder, Bagpipe
          Brass: Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
          Percussion: including Drum Set and Mallets

          CMS Faculty:

          Voice: Dr. Mary Beth Armes

                      Student teacher: Mia Harvey

          Piano: Dr. Mary Beth Armes, Dr. Elizabeth Etter, Elizabeth Henninger, Anita Szymanski

                      Student teacher: Ashley Matse

          Adult Group Class Piano: Sara Adams

          Suzuki Piano: Sara Adams**

          Suzuki Violin: Maria Lyon*

          Violin: Maria Lyon; Howard Lyon (Violin and Viola)

          Guitar: Jay Byham

          Ukulele: Student teacher: Mia Harvey

          Celtic harp: Alissa Pesavento

          Flute: LeAnne Wistrom

                      Student teacher: Ashley Matse

          Clarinet: Mari Howells

          Saxophone: Dr. Allen Zurcher

          Recorder: Sara Adams

          Trumpet: Student teacher: Jillian Melchitzky

          Trombone: Gregory Moore

          Euphonium: Gregory Moore

                      Student teacher: Jillian Melchitzky

          Tuba: Gregory Moore

          Percussion: Bradley Amidon

                      Student teacher: Calvin Culbertson

          Bagpipe: Student teachers: Mia Harvey and Aaron White

          **Suzuki Piano –   with Sara Adams, B.A. in Music at Edinboro University, M.M. in Piano Performance and Pedagogy, Ohio University. Ms. Adams has completed all 8 courses in Suzuki Piano Pedagogy. Ms. Adams also teaches Recorder, using a modified Suzuki approach.

          *Suzuki Violin – with Maria Lyon, M. Ed.  Ms. Lyon has received Suzuki Violin Teacher Training through Book 4 at the Ithaca College and Southwestern Ontario Suzuki Institutes.  Please contact Maria Lyon directly for more information on the Suzuki Violin Program:  Or, visit her studio page: or download FAQ Suzuki Violin.