Community Music Division
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
ODU Graduate Theory Review
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.
Tutoring for ODU Music Majors
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
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!
Remembering Marilyn Forman, Piano Instructor
On Monday, September 19th, 2022, we suddenly lost our teacher, friend and colleague, Mrs. Marilyn Forman. She has been with the COMMUNITY Music Division since 1985 as a piano instructor to students of all ages. Marilyn was a graduate of Temple University with a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy and received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from University of California at Santa Barbara. In 1991 she became Old Dominion University's class piano instructor and a teacher of applied piano lessons to music majors. She was an active member of professional music organizations including the American College of Musicians and Music Teachers National Association. Marilyn was the acting Theory Chairman for the Tidewater Music Teachers Forum since 1998, with state tests administered here on campus at Webb Center. She was nationally certified through the Music Teachers National Association for her excellence, in piano teaching. She touched and influenced many lives of students, faculty, and friends throughout our region and beyond and will be greatly missed. We honored her in the September 25th, 2022, student recital was dedicated in memory.