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Community School of the Arts (CSA)

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

2018 Suzuki Strings Festival

Watch Advanced Suzuki Strings students perform selections from the works of Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, and Vivaldi in their final concert of the year.

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Explore Our Programs

CSA offers complete music education. CSA's programs include Early Childhood Music, Suzuki and Traditional Instrument Lessons, Beethoven's Buddies, and CODA. Learn more below.

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Suzuki Lessons

CSA’s extensive Suzuki program is nationally recognized, with 20 faculty members and 400 students. CSA offers Suzuki instruction on piano, violin, viola, cello and guitar. Student begin lessons between the ages of 4-6.

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Preparatory (traditional) Lessons

CSA’s Preparatory program provides music lessons with a traditional approach to over 150 students. CSA offers Preparatory instruction on piano, violin, cello and guitar. Student may begin at age 6-adult.

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Early Childhood

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

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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!

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Beethoven's Buddies

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

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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. 

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Music Lessons (Suzuki & Traditional)
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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 Instruction (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.

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