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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 -  


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... 

Joy 101: Beethoven and The Pursuit of Happiness  
Mondays, August 22 – September 26, 6- 7:30 PM (6 sessions)  
Prepare for Beethoven's 9th! In anticipation of the October 1 UH Symphony Orchestra performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, this deep-diving, expert-guided listening/discussion group will each week focus on a different Beethoven masterwork and aspect of Beethoven’s Joy-journey: liberty, heroism, brotherhood, gratitude, nature, transcendence - joy!  

Backstage Pass  
Tuesdays, August 23 – November 14, 6- 7:30 PM (12 sessions)  
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   
Mondays, October 17, 24, & November 7,14, 6- 7:30 PM (4 sessions)   
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.  

All seminars take place at the University of Houston Central Campus. Parking is not included with tuition, but reduced parking fees are available for enrolled participants. Each seminar is capped at 20 participants. 

No experience required, just curiosity! 

To register click HERE 

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Voice and Instrument Studies

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

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

Kids & Teens enrolled in piano, violin, viola, cello, 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. 

Tuition & Fees

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 $945.00
45-minute lessons $1,207.50
60-minute lessons $1,470.00
Summer Semester Includes 7 Lessons*
30-minute lessons $332.50
45-minute lessons $463.75
60-minute lessons $595.00

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

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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 copy will need to be turned in to the CAA office before your first lesson.


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 or Cash: 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
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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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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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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