Campus policy requires that each vehicle have a parking tag hanging on the rearview mirror.
Parking tags for CMS parents and students can be obtained by visiting the University Police station, and presenting a CMS parking slip (available at the CMS office).
An official Visitor’s Pass for the semester will be given to each CMS parent free
NOTE: If you currently have a SLU parking tag of any kind, you must use that tag as a CMS parent or student. Visitor tags will only be assigned to those who are not currently enrolled as a SLU student or employed by the university.
In the Music Building
The Community Music School has a designated waiting area, located on the second floor
of the Pottle Annex. Parents and students are welcome to use this area, along with
the Student Lounge (also located on the second floor) when waiting for lessons.
CMS office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday.
We ask that students under age 12 be accompanied by an adult when in the music building and that younger siblings not be left unattended in the CMS waiting areas. CMS students should always be accompanied by an adult after the CMS office is closed.
CMS students should come to lessons each week with all necessary materials.
We ask parents of CMS students under high school age to communicate with their child’s instructor on a regular basis regarding weekly assignments.
Two (2) makeup lessons per semester are available to CMS students who must miss a
lesson due to illness or family emergency.
If a student must miss more than two lessons in one semester, tuition can be credited towards the following semester, provided these lessons are excused. CMS Instructors are not required to make up lessons for reasons other than those indicated above.
If you need to reschedule an upcoming lesson due to other reasons, please contact your instructor immediately.
If the student is ill, or there is a family emergency, please contact the CMS office before 3:00 p.m. on the day of the regularly scheduled lesson.
NOTE: If the instructor is not present for a regularly scheduled lesson and you have not been informed in advance, contact the CMS office immediately.
The relationship between teacher and student is critical to the development of the
musician. A primary goal of the Community Music School is to make certain that every
student is carefully matched with their teacher.
Parents who are new the program (or adults who wish to study) are contacted by the CMS Director so that potential teachers can be discussed.
If for any reason you would like to request a change of instructor, please contact the CMS Director.
If a CMS instructor leaves the program, he/she will likely have a suitable recommendation for a replacement instructor.
Participation in our end of the semester recitals is strongly encouraged, but not
In addition, students and parents should take advantage of the stellar quality of the SLU Music Department faculty and student performances. Along with providing excellent exposure to varying types of classical music repertoire, these occasions also afford CMS students additional artists from which to learn, apart from their individual teachers.