Community Music School

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Music for all ages.

  • Individual and group lessons
  • Small chamber groups
  • Beginner to advanced levels
  • Refresher classes for adults
  • Level-based rates
  • Classes at your convenience

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This year’s theme for the Community Music School is called Musical Journeys. Our focus is to help our members move through the pathways that music can offer them, while providing a number of workshops and camps that can supplement their learning in private lessons.

Currently, a summer session is being planned that will include a children’s day camp and a worship band weekend. Private lessons will continue through the summer to allow students to continue in their growth through the summer months.

To learn more about these great opportunities, contact the Community Music School Administrator at 620-229-6188.


CMS is a group of highly-qualified music instructors who offer private lessons, music classes, and performing arts workshops for Winfield and surrounding communities. We offer voice lessons, instruction on any instrument (including guitar), and unique workshops such as ballroom dancing, writing music, hand drumming, etc.

CMS classes, private lessons, and workshops are located on the campus of Southwestern college. All CMS students have access to the practice rooms and performance areas at SC.

Lessons occur at your convenience. Most students take a half-hour or full-hour lesson once a week. Performance opportunities occur throughout the year, including recitals in the newly-renovated Richardson auditorium, mini-concerts at local events, and at private functions such as fundraiser dinners. Some of these events pay for musicians to provide music.


Who should become a member of CMS?  Anyone who:

  • Is interested in learning to play a new instrument
  • Wants to improve singing abilities or skills on a current instrument
  • Is interested in writing music
  • Wants to try out private lessons for the first time – we have instruction for students of ALL ages and ability levels!

What if I’m already taking lessons?
Several private lesson teachers in the Winfield area are joining the Community Music School so that you can continue lessons with your private instructor but with the benefits of CMS membership. Once the $20 joining fee is paid, you have access to all the benefits of CMS membership and can continue lessons with your private instructor. 

  • Study with highly-qualified teachers
  • Free passes to SC concerts and one theatre production
  • Access special CMS master classes and clinics
  • Resources and networking with professionals in the field
  • Free T-Shirt
  • Performance opportunities within the CMS and in the community
  • Use of the facilities at Southwestern College

EVENTS 2013-2014

Summer 2014
Private lessons offered as well as the performing ensembles Viaggiare and JourneyKids. 

June 9-14th
Cole Family Summer Music Festival

June 9-14th
Auditions for Viaggiare - Set-up by appointment with the CMS director at or by phone at 620-229-6188. 

August 25th
CMS Fall Semester Begins

December 11th at 6:00p.m.
CMS Winter Recital A
Darbeth Rehearsal Hall

December 11th at 7:30p.m.
CMS Winter Recital B
Messenger Recital Hall

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The mission of the Community Music School at Southwestern College is to nurture the fine arts community of South Central Kansas and North Central Oklahoma with rich, musical experiences for people of all ages. Our vision is to encourage excellence in the arts by offering a wide array of private lessons, master classes, ensembles, performance opportunities, and more on the campus of Southwestern College.


Located in the Darbeth Performing Arts building on campus at Southwestern College, the Community Music School (CMS) offers an array of musical activities for students, teachers, and performers of all ages. Any ensemble is welcome to join and be coached. A wide variety of classes are available semester by semester. All band and orchestra participants are invited to join the Southwestern College Concert Band or the South Regional Kansas Symphony by audition with Professor Daniel Stevens. Also, Southwestern has several software programs available for composition and aural skills. There is also a large piano lab available for accompanists and group piano classes.

For independent teachers this is a great facility to launch your personal studio. You can write your own studio policy and use Darbeth to teach all of your students. You can also hold student recitals on campus!

If you are interested in taking private lessons, being a part of a chamber ensemble, learning to hone your improvisational skills, or learning to compose your own masterpieces, the CMS will help you receive the education you need by studying with college professors, community members, or college students. Check out which lessons and classes are available! (All files will open as PDF)



Fees (non-refundable)

First Time Commitment


Additional Family Member


Private Lessons (per half hour/hour)

Professor (Master's Level)



Community Teacher



Student Teacher (College Music Major)



*16.5% of all fees are for administration and building expenses

*Payment plans and scholarships are available



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The Community Music School at Southwestern College is nationally recognized by the newly renamed National Guild for Community Arts Education. Please see our recognition at





Community Music School
Southwestern College
100 College Street
Winfield, KS 67156
(620) 229-6188 OR (800) 846-1543 EXT. 6188
Music Department Fax - (620) 229-6335