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Mount Vernon, OH 43050

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Please click below for some of our most asked questions and answers. If that list doesn't answer your question, please contact us at 740-397-9000 ext. 3000 or at
The MVNU Community Music School will follow local, state, and campus mandated guidelines for COVID-19.
Registration occurs for year-long and Fall classes in August/September and for Spring classes in December/January.
For the complete list of program offerings and schedules, please visit the Fall/Spring programs page. Classes and group lessons generally run for 10 weeks.
Group lessons and classes may be available to join under special circumstances and if space allows after the registration period has closed. Private lessons can be started at any time. Please contact the program coordinator at for all questions or inquiries.
Currently, all community music school programs are located on the main campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University in the R.R. Hodges Chapel & Fine Arts Center at 800 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, or at The Gathering Place at 425 S Edgewood Rd, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
Payment for all programs with the exception of private lessons are made through our registration system. Please visit our registration page during the open registration time to access the system. As soon as you complete the online registration form you will be directed to the secure online payment screen. Your child’s registration is not complete until payment is received. For any questions or assistance, please contact the program coordinator at Private lessons fees are paid directly to the instructor. A yearly facility/registration fee of $25 is due for all students in private lessons.
The week before the term begins, reminder emails will be sent to the email address you provided on the registration form. The room assignment for your music class will be included in each reminder email. Signs will also be posted outside each classroom door to help you find your way.
If you need to cancel a registration for a CMS program or class, please do so as early as possible. A full refund will be given for any cancellation that occurs prior to the start of the program. Refunds will not be given for cancellations that occur after the start of a class or other program.
For group lessons/classes, no makeup classes or refunds are given for missed classes. For private lessons, each instructor sets their absence policy. Please check with your instructor for details regarding missed lessons.
Yes. Most classes require that you own your own instrument. Please review the program descriptions for specifics. For any questions, contact the program coordinator.
Most of our classes and programs are taught by MVNU music faculty. Our instructors also include a number of qualified student instructors, special guests, and other experienced local music professionals. For more information about our instructors, please visit our instructor page.
When the Community Music School is closed, announcements will be posted on our Facebook page ( If the MVNU campus is closed due to inclement weather, all CMS programs will also be canceled. Please note that MVNU closes independently of area schools. The MVNU school closing hotline is 740-397-9000 ext. 1600. MVNU school closings and CMS school closing will also be communicated to WNZR and other local news and radio outlets. In the event of a cancellation due to inclement winter weather, lessons, classes, and other programs will be rescheduled when possible.
Students age 10 and under should be escorted to his/her classroom by a parent, legal guardian, or another responsible adult. A student will only be released to his/her parent, legal guardian, or other responsible adult listed on the student registration form. All students are expected to arrive on time for each lesson, class, or session. Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before the start time of the activity. CMS faculty and staff do not supervise children who arrive too early. Please make sure that students are picked up from CMS on time after their activities.
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MVNU Community Music School
800 Martinsburg Rd.
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
740-397-9000 ext. 3000
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