Community Arts Academy - University of Houston
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Contact CAA
office: MSM 120
phone: 713 - 743 - 3398
email: caa@uh.edu
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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

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    Private Music Lessons

    CAA now offers weekly Suzuki Group Classes in violin at Moores School of Music. Limited spots are available for Pre-Twinkle, Books 1 & Books 2 on Saturday mornings. Tuition is $300 for a 14-week semester. Pre-Twinkle begins at 9 a.m., Level 2 at 10 a.m., and Level 1 at 11 a.m. Contact the office for more details.
  • 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.  
  • UH Choirs

    Sing with the 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.  If you have been accepted into a UH choral ensemble, please contact caa@uh.edu or 713.743.3398 to make a payment.
  • Piano Technology Program

    The Moores School of Music Internship in Keyboard Maintenance and Piano Technology Program is an intensive program to develop the skills, techniques, and real-world expertise for piano and keyboard technicians.  Students enrolled in this program will explore the design, construction, and maintenance of grand and upright pianos of several makes and models. The technician will gain the experience and continued training necessary to work in a college or university setting, on concert stages, or high-level residency programs. 

Connecting Life-Long Students of Music

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.

students learning 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

Classes

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 2020 semester begins on August 31st.

Faculty

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 caa@uh.edu 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 31, 2020. Students that register before August 21 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

Paying

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
      OR
    • 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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