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Community School of the Arts (CSA)

CSA at Wheaton College provides excellence in arts education, through degreed faculty members and proven teaching methods. CSA offers a variety of comprehensive music and visual art programs for all ages and ability levels.

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Art Xpress 2018

3-week mini-session in April and May

Explore a new artistic medium–from paper mâché to watercolor!


Explore Our Programs

CSA programs range from Early Childhood Music classes to Suzuki and Traditional Private Music Instruction.

Music Lessons

CSA offers Suzuki and Traditional Private Music Instruction in piano, violin, viola, cello, and guitar for students age 4-adult. Students enrolled in private music lessons may audition for a Performing Ensemble.

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Art Xpress

Art Xpress is a 3-week mini-session in April and May for grades K-adult. Learn how to build an armature, get tactile in ceramics, try foam sculpture or learn to paint!

Early Childhood

CSA's comprehensive, multi-age Early Childhood Music program develops aural skills, motor coordination and self control while instilling a lifelong love of music.

Summer Arts

Summer programs at CSA include Early Childhood Music, Visual Art and Music Lessons for all ages. Experience music, sculpt with junk or explore the Suzuki method this summer!

Beethoven's Buddies

Beethoven’s Buddies (BB) is an innovative music program which facilitates cognitive and emotional growth for students with developmental delays.

CODA

One of the primary ways in which Community School of the Arts (CSA) serves the local community is through our Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) program. 

Register for Classes & Music Lessons

Art Xpress & Summer Arts registration opens March 1, 2018
Private Music Lesson registration is on-going

How to Register

Our Mission

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

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Why Choose CSA?

CSA programs range from Early Childhood Music classes (Musikgarten) to Suzuki and Traditional Private Introduction (piano, violin, viola, cello, and guitar). 

Our teachers hold advanced degrees and have extensive experience working with students of all levels and abilities.

At the Community School of the Arts, our faculty members are our greatest asset. Our faculty members are at the top of their field, with significant education and experience behind them. More than 60% of our faculty members hold at least a Master’s degree in their respective instrument or field.

All of them have been professionally trained and are experienced in working with students of all ages, nurturing their students as they strive to help them learn artistic expression while at the same time applying the discipline and joy of study in the arts to their everyday lives. Our faculty members are dedicated to their students and have wonderful relationships with students and parents alike.

Wheaton College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), 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.

 

 

Conservatory Connections

At CSA, you will find a college campus environment with first-rate performance venues, teaching studios with Conservatory-quality instruments. CSA students have regular opportunities for interaction with college undergrads who serve as interns, accompanists, and teaching assistants. A CSA Family Pass provides free admission to selected Wheaton College Conservatory events.

Performance & Enrichment

CSA music students participate in annual large-scale concerts and festivals. Numerous enrichment opportunities are available to students, including a chamber program, workshops and summer camp offerings in the creative arts.

Community Engagement

Serving each other, as well as the community, is a vital element of CSA's mission. Faculty members are passionate about imparting the value of service, understanding it results in character development for the student, as well as benefit to the community at large.

Watercolor for Beginners

3-week mini-session beginning April 18, 2018 

$55 | All materials included
APR 18, 25, May 2 | 6-8 pm | Visual Art Studio

Explore Watercolor
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The Art of Glass Letters

Summer glass workshops for grades 4-adult

$35 | All materials included
gr 4-8 | JUN 11 | 6-8 pm | Visual Art Studio
gr 9-adult | JUN 18 | 6-8 pm | Visual Art Studio

Discover the Art of Glass

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Watercolor image by David LaPlaca

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