Music: Knowledge Lasting a Lifetime
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The Community Music Division of Old Dominion University (established in 1984 as the Community Music Academy) offers the finest level of private music instruction, classes, and ensembles to Hampton Roads residents. We welcome, instruct, and encourage people of all ages and abilities. Our varied staff holds degrees in music and specializes in the instruments that they teach. Most are active performers or teachers in the Hampton Roads community and beyond, and all are encouraged to join and participate in national music organizations.
With 3 easy steps to register and pay for private or group lessons, we make it easy for everyone to pick up an instrument and begin learning!How to Register
Resources for ODU Students
All ODU Master of Music Education (MME) students must pass the Graduate Music Theory Placement test prior to graduation. Graduate Theory Review helps you prepare for the exam.
Find help with music theory, ear training, music history, or preparing for instrumental or vocal auditions or juries. Register under private instruction. Small groups can be made with two or more students if the instructor is available.
News & Announcements
Winter Private Lesson (November 5, 2023- February 3, 2024) Registration Now Active
View our registration page to see instructions on how to register. Students are to register by November 18 to avoid late fees.
Welcome to our newest CMD staff members- Alyxia Bonnett (clarinet, saxophone), Yuko Farman (piano), and Melvin Lauf (harp, flute, trumpet). Please see their bios and pictures under the Instructors link. We wish Bonnie Kim (flute) a fond farewell as she will be leaving our area and moving to Atlanta. She has been a wonderful teacher, mentor, and friend for many years and we wish her well in her new adventures! Welcome back to longtime instructor Agnes Han (piano), who will be teaching virtually for us.
Take your favorite teacher with you!
Taking private music lessons has never been easier and technology has allowed us to connect in ways that we never imagined before. Now, you are not limited to on campus lessons, but can take them virtually, allowing you to take your favorite teacher with you, no matter where you go—out of state or out of the country!