Community School of the Arts

About Community School of the Arts (CSA)


Since 1970, Community School of the Arts (CSA) has provided the highest quality instruction in the arts for students of all ages and ability levels.  We strongly encourage participation in the arts through our variety of programs—from entry-level to advanced classes and lessons, and currently reach over 1800 students annually from 50 Chicago suburbs.


The Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College exists to honor and glorify God through teaching and inspiring students in the performing and visual arts, guiding them toward their full potential while encouraging them, in turn, to enrich the lives of others.

At CSA, we:

  • strive for excellence in arts education for students of all ages
  • provide individualized instruction to meet each student's needs
  • cultivate enjoyment and appreciation for the arts through performances and special events
  • build nurturing relationships among students, parents, and teachers
  • serve each other, as well as the local and global community, by sharing our talents

While CSA implements the educational philosophies of various noted pedagogues, we do so through a Christian worldview based on the authority of the Bible. 


CSA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Music Teachers National Association, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas.  Our greatest asset is our highly educated, experienced and long-standing faculty. Our 38 instructors hold advanced degrees in their respective fields, have years of experience, and are dedicated to shaping the artistic journeys of their students.

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