Why Choose CSA

CSA at Wheaton College provides music lessons to over 800 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 over 800 students – birth to adult through a variety of comprehensive music programs. Since its inception, the school has provided a stimulating and nurturing Christian environment for learning and performing. 


Our long-standing instructors 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 CSA is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas


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

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 programs.

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 opportunities 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 instructors, staff, and students.  Striving to serve each other, as well as the community, is a vital element of our mission. Instructors are passionate about imparting the value of service, understanding it results in character development for the student, as well as a benefit to the community at large.