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office: MSM 120
phone: 713 - 743 - 3398
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Homegrown Houston Artistry

The University of Houston Community Arts Academy offers eclectic, adventurous, premium-quality learning experiences in music, theater, dance, and visual arts. The Community Arts Academy is a UH home for any Houstonian, regardless of age, who wants to grow through creativity.

  • Grow more self-assured, confident, and disciplined
  • Grow more curious about the diverse world of arts and ideas
  • Grow more empathetic and collaborative
  • Grow more observant of beauty and meaning in the world
  • Grow more enthusiastic about your own potential for excellence

Join our diverse, supportive community of artists and learners and enjoy the wondrous opportunities and resources the University of Houston offers growing artists.


New this Fall -  

Passion Labs and Seminars  

For life-long learners seeking to nourish their passion and curiosity for the arts through only-at-UH, deep-diving discussion groups, classes, and social learning experiences. 


  • Passion Lab: Stravinsky and Stella, Sonic Collage

    Thursday, December 1, 2022 | 5:30 – 7PM 

    What: How can visual art concepts and language help us notice more details in a complex piece of music?  

    This Passion Lab starts with an examination of Euphonia!, the massive, immersive Frank Stella mural in the Moores Opera House.  Susana Monteverde, who was part of team that created the mural, will share her insights into how this miraculous artwork was made.  After this conversation, Dean Andrew Davis will help apply the same concepts and descriptive language, such as collage, line, texture, and color contrast, to an analysis of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring.  It's going to be a riotous good time!  

    Who: Andrew Davis, Dean of the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts; Susana Monteverde, artisan who helped create Frank Stella's Euphonia!; Evan Leslie, Community Arts Academy Director  

    7:30 PM, attend the Moores School Symphony Orchestra performance of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring as a Community Arts Academy VIP

    Register HERE 

  • Passion Lab: Piano and Cello Dissection

    Sunday, September 25, 2022 | 3PM 

    What: How does wood, gut, hair, sap, felt, and iron transform into otherworldly sounds and music?  Join us for a cello and piano dissection with master piano technicians and luthiers.  Investigate up-close how the physics and materiality of these instruments effect a musician's expressive potential. After this interactive, hands-on session with real and historic pianos, cellos, and bows, attend an open rehearsal and conversation with Moores School faculty pianist Andrew Staupe and cellist Eunghee Cho.  Better understand how master musicians create music by understanding how the tools they use work. 

    Who: Eunghee Cho, cellist; Andrew Staupe, piano; Corbin Sturch, piano technician; and Evan Leslie, cellist and Community Arts Academy Director   

    Wednesday, September 28, 2022 | 6PM, attend Faculty Recital: Eunghee Cho, cello and Andrew Staupe, piano 

  • Upcoming Seminars

    What is Color?
    A botanist, an optometrist, an opera singer, a pianist, a theatrical lighting designer, and a photographer all try to explain: What is Color?

    What is Time?
    A composer, a dancer, a poet, a historian, an athlete, and a photographer all try to explain: what is time?

    Euphonia! Intersection of Music and Art  
    This interdisciplinary seminar uses visual art concepts to help us hear music more vividly and music listening skills to help us look at art more deeply. The seminar culminates with a Moores School Symphony Orchestra concert, underneath Frank Stella's modern art masterwork EuphoniaJoin us for a feast of the senses!   

    Backstage Pass  
    This exclusive course takes you into unseen corners of the McGovern College of the Arts: backstage to the costume shop and theatrical lighting lab; up into the ecstatic universe of Frank Stella's Moores Opera House mural, Euphonia; inside a priceless piano; out onto the football field with the marching band drill designer; plus, other fascinating, fun places behind the curtain.

    Tennessee Williams Table Read   
    A reading group, where one of Williams’ most trusted producing partners is our guide. The papers of Cheryl Crawford (1902-1986), pioneering woman Broadway producer, are deposited in the UH Library. Unseen letters, script notes, and production documents will enhance an exploration of several of Williams’ most loved and daring plays.

No experience required, just curiosity! 

Learn more HERE.

Register HERE 

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Voice and Instrument Studies

For students seeking highly personalized, ongoing, comprehensive instruction in the arts. Currently we offer piano, violin, viola, cello, voice, choral, mariachi, and pop-jazz studies.

Piano, violin, viola, cello, organ, and voice
Our approach aims to train a well-rounded musician in a peer-supported environment.    

Kids & Teens enrolled in piano, violin, viola, cello, organ, and voice studies at the Community Arts Academy receive two weekly classes:  

  • Weekly private lesson with CAA Teaching Fellows with guidance from UH Moores School master faculty. Students may enroll in either 30-, 45-, or 60-minute lessons.
  • Weekly Saturday group learning experiences, which include:  
    • Monthly performance classes with special guest teachers and supportive feedback from peers.
    • Monthly University Adventures that nourish curiosity and passion. Destinations include KUHF public TV and radio studios, the world class UH piano repair workshop, the UH college of Architecture, the UH Creative Writing Center, and other fascinating and inspiring places.  
    • Bi-monthly musicianship classes that improve music literacy, music composition skills, improvisation skills, and collaboration skills.

Adult music studies students receive a weekly private lesson, plus opportunities to participate in monthly performance salons, and 20% reduced tuition to one CAA seminar of the student's choice each semester.  

All actively enrolled music students will receive free tickets to all UH Moores School of Music performances. 

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Registration & Placement

Registration occurs at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. To learn more, please fill out the inquiry form HERE

After completing the inquiry form, pending teacher availability and/or placement interview, you will receive information about registration as well as other learning experiences offered by the Community Arts Academy.

Fall semester begins in August, spring semester begins in January, and summer lessons are flexible.

For additional questions, please reach out to us directly at or by calling 713-743-3398. 



Tuition & Fees

Music and Instrument Studies:

Tuition includes a weekly private lesson, a weekly group experience at the University of Houston, end-of-semester recitals, and registration fees.

Active CAA students receive free tickets to all Moores School of Music performances.

Fall/Spring Semester
Includes 14 Lessons*
30-minute lessons
45-minute lessons
60-minute lessons
Summer Semester
Includes 7 Lessons*
30-minute lessons
45-minute lessons
60-minute lessons

 *University of Houston Students, Faculty, and Staff receive a 10% discount.


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

By Credit Card: You will receive an invoice e-mail from Upon receipt of your invoice, pay by credit card using the link provided.

By Check: Personal checks should be made out to University of Houston. We cannot accept cash payments.

  • Deliver to: our office in MSM #120
  • Mail to:
    Moores School of Music
    3333 Cullen Blvd #120
    Houston, TX 77204-4017
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Coming soon: New Studies, Seminars, Happenings & Hangouts, and Camps/Workshops/Retreats

CAA Programs

  • UH Choirs

    Sing with the UH Choirs

    Fall 2021 marked the return to community participation in UH Choirs. With five large choral ensembles complemented by five student-led a cappella groups, there is a musical home at UH for every interested choral singer. Audition information can be found at

    If you have been accepted into a UH choral ensemble and are not enrolling for UH credit, please fill out the inquiry form HERE. For questions, please contact us at or 713.743.3398.

  • Mariachi Pumas debut concert

    Mariachi Pumas

    Join UH's exciting new musical ensemble, the Mariachi Pumas! Under the artistic direction of Jose Longoria, the Mariachi Pumas invite any UH student interested in learning this traditional Mexican musical style with its distinctive rhythms, instrumentation, and performance practice to join in our community rehearsals or audition for our competition group.

    For more information on joining, please fill out the inquiry form HERE. For questions, please contact us at or 713.743.3398, and don't forget to follow @UHMariachiPumas on social media.

  • Piano Technology Internship

    New Internship in Advanced Piano Technology

    CAA is now offering a new program in Advanced Keyboard Maintenance and Piano Technology. The only program of its kind in Texas, our intensive program allows its participants to develop the skills, techniques, and real-world expertise for piano and keyboard technicians.

    Find out more about the program and how to apply HERE.


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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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