Why Choose CSA

CSA at Wheaton College provides music lessons and art classes to over 1000 students from 50 Chicago suburbs including Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Carol Stream, Winfield, West Chicago, Lombard, Lisle, Downers Grove and Aurora.

Comprehensive programming

Founded in 1970, Wheaton College Community School of the Arts (CSA) annually serves 1000 students – birth to adult through a variety of comprehensive music and visual art programs.  Since its inception, the school has provided a stimulating and nurturing Christian environment for learning and performing. 


Our long-standing faculty members hold advanced degrees in their respective disciplines and are experienced in working with students of all ages and ability levels.  Frequent feedback, received from students and parents alike, reflects observations of the genuine dedication and commitment demonstrated by our teachers.


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, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Illinois Arts Education Association


At CSA, you will find a college campus environment with first-rate performance venues, teaching studios with Conservatory-quality instruments, and a visual arts studio.

Performance & Enrichment


CSA music students participate in annual large-scale concerts and festivals, and visual arts students exhibit work on campus as well as in the community.  Numerous enrichment opportunities are available to students, including a chamber program, workshops and summer camp offerings in the creative arts.

Conservatory Connections

A CSA Family Pass is available for free admission to Wheaton College Conservatory events, including concerts by the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band and Choirs, as well as the Percussion and Jazz Ensembles. Additionally, CSA students have regular opportunity for interaction with college undergrads who serve as interns, accompanists, and teaching assistants.

Commitment to Service and Outreach

At CSA we hold a strong priority of service and outreach - on the part of our faculty, staff, and students.  Striving to serve each other, as well as the community, is a vital element of our 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.