Community Music School

Community Music School

The Community Music School at The Ohio State University School of Music is a pilot program that will launch in 2024 with community engagement as its central mission.



The Community Music School (CMS) at Ohio State will offer music instruction in-person and online to children and adults with diverse backgrounds, skill levels and differing educational goals through private instruction, classes and ensembles. All students will have the opportunity to participate in recitals and other school-sponsored events.


CMS will offer high-quality music education at the brand new Timashev Family Music Building on the Columbus campus (1900 College Rd.) and at the African American and African Studies Community Extension Center (905 Mt. Vernon Ave.). This program will broaden engagement and sustain outreach activities in communities immediately adjacent to both the main campus and the extension center. The program will benefit greatly from the university’s urban location as it builds an artistic partnership with surrounding neighborhoods. It will serve populations throughout the City of Columbus and neighborhoods surrounding the University District, including Necko, Weinland Park, Italian Village and Old North. Musical engagement offered at the AAAS Community Extension Center will impact the Bronzeville, Eastgate, Milo, Linden and Oriole Park neighborhoods — all of which would benefit greatly from access to the arts via music education. CMS will fulfill Ohio State's core mission as a land-grant institution through its teaching, community engagement and outreach. 

Financial Aid

The school will provide financial aid to students based on need and according to order of application. The Community Music School is committed to aiding students who require assistance to participate in these programs by providing registration fee waivers, parking validation, tuition reduction and even instruments throughout their active enrollment. The CMS Financial Aid Fund will be supported by the proceeds from foundation support, grants, sponsorships and donations.  


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Give to the Community Music School Fund

This fund supports the Community Music School with financial aid, engagement and programs.

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The Community Music School gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the following:

The Ohio State University Office of Academic Affairs/Vice Provost for the Arts
The Dean's Discretionary Fund
The Barbara and Sheldon Pinchuk Arts–Community Outreach Grant