Community Arts Academy - University of Houston
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office: MSM 120
phone: 713 - 743 - 3398
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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.  The Community Arts Academy provides opportunity for community members to engage in life-long learning through programs that include musical instruction for all ages, community choir, and professional development opportunities for music educators.

CAA Programs

  • Summer Pedagogy Series

    Cultural Bridges: Piano Pedagogy Series

    We're launching a new summer workshop series! Cultural Bridges: Piano Pedagogy Series connects three participatory workshops focusing on Practical Guidance for Beginning Piano Teaching from an American Pedagogical Perspective conducted in English and Chinese. Register for a discounted series pass or for access to the individual workshops.
  • 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.  Follow @UHMariachiPumas on social media.
  • Piano Technology Internship

    New Internship in Advanced Piano Technology

    CAA is now offering a new program in Advaned 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.
  • UH Choirs

    Sing with the UH Choirs

    Fall 2021 marks 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 www.uhchoirs.orgIf you have been accepted into a UH choral ensemble, please contact or 713.743.3398 to make a payment.

Connecting Life-Long Students of Music

The Community Arts Academy private lessons provide 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.

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.

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 are optional with five and ten week packages. 

CAA is aligned with the Houston Texas Music Teachers Association and our students are eligible for TMTA theory tests and competitions.


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 in September, Spring Semester begins in mid-January, and Summer lessons are flexible.

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.

Tuition (includes weekly group class + weekly private lesson)
Private Lesson Fall (14 Weeks) Spring (14 Weeks) Summer (5 Weeks)
30-Minutes $775 $775 $250
45-Minutes $1,150 $1,150 $375
60-Minutes $1,575 $1,575 $500


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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