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Community Music Division

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February 2020 Recital

Music: Knowledge Lasting a Lifetime

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The Community Music Division of Old Dominion University (established in 1984 as the Community Music Academy) offers the finest level of private music instruction, classes, and ensembles to Hampton Roads residents. We welcome, instruct, and encourage people of all ages and abilities. Our varied staff holds degrees in music and specializes in the instruments that they teach. Most are active performers or teachers in the Hampton Roads community and beyond, and all are encouraged to join and participate in national music organizations.

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Instruments Taught


Group Classes Offered


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Private Lessons

Clarinet, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Oboe, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Strings, Trombone, Trumpet, and Voice

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Group Lessons

Guitar Classes, Piano Classes, Music Theory Classes, Opera for Everyone, Beginning Harp, Beginning Composition

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With 3 easy steps to register and pay for private or group lessons, we make it easy for everyone to pick up an instrument and begin learning!

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Resources for ODU Students

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ODU Graduate Theory Review

All ODU Master of Music Education (MME) students must pass the Graduate Music Theory Placement test prior to graduation. Graduate Theory Review helps you prepare for the exam.

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Tutoring for ODU Music Majors

Find help with music theory, ear training, music history, or preparing for instrumental or vocal auditions or juries. Register under private instruction. Small groups can be made with two or more students if the instructor is available.

News & Announcements

Take your favorite teacher with you!

Taking private music lessons has never been easier and technology has allowed us to connect in ways that we never imagined before. Now, you are not limited to on campus lessons, but can take them virtually, allowing you to take your favorite teacher with you, no matter where you go—out of state or out of the country!

Summer Lessons - Session 1

Select teachers are offering private instructions during the summer months. We are offering both 6 and 9 weeks of instructions, virtually and live. Students may take summer lessons between June 6th - August 27th, 2022. You may choose to study a private instrument, voice, music theory, or composition with our CMD instructors. Dates are flexible and are agreed between you and your instructor.

Congratulations to Grace Garner, Thoroughgood Music Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Grace Garner of Norfolk and former music student of the Community Music Division, for receiving two music scholarships from the Thoroughgood Music Club. These scholarships honor former club members Mrs. Marshall Cox, founder of the Thoroughgood Music Club in 1973, and Mrs. Shirley Becker, longtime member and past president.

Both awards of $500, for a combined total of $1,000, are the final scholarships given by this organization, which has disbanded in 2020.

Grace is a current music major at Bridgewater College where she studies both piano and organ. She is currently in her 15th year of piano study and has much experience as an ensemble performer, accompanist, soloist, and church musician. She received many awards and recognitions as a student with the American College of Musicians, including the High School Diploma and both Paderewski and Sonatina Awards. She studied piano with Sally Copeland.

CMD Students Performing for Thoroughgood Music Club