Community Music Academy

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Community Music Academy

Private Lessons

The NSU Community Music Academy offers high-quality music programs to our community members. We do this by offering a comprehensive music outreach program, providing educational and enriching musical experience for all ages. We strive to enrich our students by providing quality music education to the community. By supporting lifelong learning in the arts, the NSU Department of Music in partnership with Continuing Education helps to stimulate the community’s musical legacy, fostering an appreciation for the arts, and sets the stage for the future generation.

Private Lessons

Individual instruction is one of the best ways to make progress in your musical studies. Private lessons are available for most instruments and voice. Weekly lessons may be scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. You will need to provide your own instrument, except in the case of piano. Percussionists will need to provide their own sticks and mallets.

  • Age: All ages are welcome. Generally, children can begin one-on-one lessons when they are able to read somewhat confidently, i.e. age 6,7 or 8.
  • Term: Spring 2018 - January 8 - May 6, 2018  CMA students will receive 4 lessons per month for January, February and April. March has 3 lessons and May has only 1 lesson available
  • CMA Recital - Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Location: NSU Department of Music. Fine Arts Building (605 N. Grand Ave.) & Jazz lab (315 N. Muskogee Ave.)
  • Day/Time: Monday through Saturday as arranged by Dr. Chioldi with his instructors. Times and days are dependent upon the individual instructor's schedule and studio availability. Contact Dr. Ronald Chioldi with questions.
  • NEW STUDENTS: Contact Dr. Ronald Chioldi, the CMA Director, for your teacher assignment BEFORE PURCHASING LESSONS!!
    (918) 444-2707 or email at

Tuition and Faculty

  • Tuition is determined by teacher type and lesson length.
  • There are three levels of instruction in the CMA: Undergraduate, Instructors, and NSU Faculty.
  • Undergraduate Instructor is generally a junior or senior music education major with training in music pedagogy. They work under direct supervision of a mentor teacher and with the Director of the Community Music Academy.
  • Instructor is a community member or NSU faculty member without a terminal degree.
  • NSU Faculty Instructor is a current NSU music faculty member with a terminal degree, or a doctorate.
Lesson Rate (monthly)
30-minute lesson $60
45-minute lesson $88
60-minute lesson $112
Instructor Lesson Rate (monthly)
30-minute lesson $80
45-minute lesson $112
60-minute lesson $144
NSU Faculty Lesson Rate (monthly)
30-minute lesson $100
45-minute lesson $140
60-minute lesson $180

Tuition does not include printed music.


Students will receive 16 lessons per semester.  The CMA lesson schedule follows the NSU 16 week academic calendar.  January, February, and April have 4 lessons available for each month. March has 3 lessons and May has 1 lesson. Please purchase private lessons by the month via our online registration and payment system, Marketplace. View step by step instructions. Students will have until the 5th of each month to purchase that month's lessons.
New students MUST consult with Dr. Ronald Chioldi on which type of lesson you want to enroll in so he can determine the best instructor to fit your needs before you purchase any private lessons from the Online Registration.

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When students sign up for lessons, our instructors dedicate that lesson time to that student. We appreciate your commitment to showing up for lessons on time. Please use your purchased lessons within the same month they were purchased. When you purchase a month of lessons, you are paying for the opportunity to attend, we are not able to refund for lessons not attended. Please contact your instructor if you are unable to attend a lesson.  

For assistance or questions regarding registration and payment, please contact the Continuing Education office at 1.918.444.4610 or

Group Lessons

Music & Me  

For young children and parents. Let your child explore their world through music in our Music & Me hands-on, interactive course. You and your baby can share special time together discovering rhythm, sounds and movement, developing their own spatial reasoning and thinking skills. Classes will meet once per week for 45 minutes, with two eight week sessions per semester. We will use different types of music and small instruments to grasp foundation concepts of melody, rhythm and steady beat.

*Rhythm Sticks will be required for purchase for this class.

 Session I 

Dates: Thursdays, January 11,  18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22 and March 1, 2018 (8 weeks)
Time: 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Location: NSU Tahlequah campus Fine Arts Building Room 201
Instructor: Ginger Allen
Fee: $80

Session II 

Dates: Thursdays, March 8, 15, 29, (no class 3/22 Spring Break), April 5, 12, 19, 26, and May 3, 2018 (8 weeks)
Time: 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Location: NSU Tahlequah campus Fine Arts Building Room 201
Instructor: Ginger Allen
Fee: $80

Beginning Piano & Elements of Music

Beginning Piano & Elements of Music is for children age 3 to 6. This innovative approach to beginning piano study takes place in NSU’s digital keyboard lab and acts as a springboard to private lessons. The group class provides children, ages 3 to 6 years old, with the opportunity to learn music concepts in a social environment through ear training, singing, rhythm work, games, ensembles, performance, technique, theory, and improvisation. This sixteen-week class will meet once per week for 60 minutes.

Dates: Tuesdays, January 9,  16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 6, 13, 27, (no class 3/20 Spring Break) April 3, 10, 17, 24, and May 1, 2018 (16 week class)
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: NSU Tahlequah campus Fine Arts Building Room 201
Instructor: Ginger Allen
Fee: $160

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