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The CAA Experience

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MSM #120
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(713) 743 - 3398

The Community Arts Academy provides a comprehensive approach to musical instruction for students ages 6 and older, with access to Moores School of Music resources and a holistic approach for the study of piano, voice, and violin. Our classes are centered around peer-learning, theory, and prioritizing individual goals. Students have access to multiple collegiate-level performance opportunities that are exclusive to the University of Houston. CAA is a non-credit, non-degree granting program.

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The Community Arts Academy enriches lives and cultivates communities through exceptional music education. Central to our mission is a peer-supported environment that fosters a unique and comprehensive approach to musicianship training.

CAA students learn the craft of their instrument while also learning fundamentals of musicianship – including ear training, music theory, and elements of history – that build a strong foundation for life-long learning and appreciation of the arts.

CAA’s success is tied to providing mentored opportunities for our graduate students as they gain practical teaching experience through CAA. With the guidance of our faculty affiliates and the Moores School of Music faculty, we are creating a school-based environment where our graduate students can implement the pedagogical frameworks learned in MSM.

Mariachi Pumas

The University of Houston has its own mariachi ensemble! Any UH student can learn this traditional Mexican musical style with its distinctive rhythms, instrumentation, and performance practice. Join the Mariachi Pumas and perform at special University events on campus and across the metro area. A select group of Pumas will represent UH at competitions and conferences.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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Two smiling girls playing piano at CAA


Our unique combination of group lessons with one-on-one instruction offers our students of all ages and levels an experience that enhances learning within a supportive community. Each week, students take private lessons as well as a group theory and musicianship classes. All lessons are held in the Moores School of Music building, and are taught by experienced Moores School faculty, graduate students, and alumni.

We offer three semesters of study throughout the year. Spring and fall semesters are 14 weeks; summer is 7 week terms. Fall 2019 semester begins August 26.


A little boy taking a voice lesson at CAA

Registration & Placement

To register a student under the age of 18, a parent or guardian should email with the student’s full name, contact information, and desired instrument and lesson length. Once the student is added to our system, we will schedule a placement interview with a faculty affiliate. Students over the age of 18 should contact the office directly by phone or email

Fall semester begins August 26, 2019. Students that register before August 15 receive a 5% discount on total tuition. 

Before your placement interview, please be sure to review and sign our Student Policies Agreement. A hard copy will need to be turned in to the CAA office before your first lesson.

Tuition & Fees

Base tuition includes a weekly private lesson, weekly group musicianship class, end-of-semester recitals and access to pre-collegiate scholarships. Additional fees required for registration, materials and parking.

Students that register for Fall 2019 before August 15 receive a 5% discount on total tuition.

Tuition (includes weekly group class + weekly private lesson)
Private Lesson Fall (14 Weeks) Spring (14 Weeks) Summer (7 Weeks)
30-Minutes $775 $775 $400
45-Minutes $1,150 $1,150 $600
60-Minutes $1,575 $1,575 $800


Payment can be at the beginning of the semester or in installments with an additional fee.

  • By Check or Cash: Discounts are available for cash/check payments. Personal checks should be made out to University of Houston.
    • Deliver to: our office in MSM #120
    • Mail to:
      Moores School of Music
      3333 Cullen Blvd #120
      Houston, TX 77204-4017
      ATTN: CAA
  • By Credit Card: You can come by the offices in MSM #120 from 9:30-5:00pm Monday – Friday
Group photo of young recital students and their teachers

The Community Arts Academy is dedicated to enriching lives and cultivating communities through exceptional music education, which is structured around a peer-supported environment that we believe fosters a unique and comprehensive approach to musicianship training. Support our mission to make a more musical Houston!

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