Armstrong Community Music School remains committed to serving Austin by providing excellent music education opportunities to all. ACMS has been fortunate as an organization to maneuver most classes and lessons to an online format during the shelter in place period. This includes free programming provided at several locations serving many of Austin’s most underserved populations as part of our Harmony Initiative. As a nonprofit organization ACMS always welcomes and seeks financial support to stay on track with the costs associated with keeping these commitments. Your unrestricted contribution ensures that ACMS will continue to provide these opportunities while offering stability for faculty and staff. 

What's New

ACMS Reopening Plan

Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and continued engagement with music. We are looking forward to slowly and safely reopening our business for private instruction. As we have discussed how best to do this, it was of the utmost importance to us that we be able to provide you and our faculty with options to ensure everyone is comfortable and safe. To that end, we will continue making remote lessons through ZOOM an option for you if you so choose. Here are our guidelines for the near future:

  • From now until June 15th, all private instruction will remain as it currently stands – ZOOM lessons in which family payment goes directly to faculty. 
  • Beginning June 15th, students (excluding voice students) have the option of continuing ZOOM lessons or scheduling in-person lessons at ACMS. Scheduling of your lesson day and time will continue to be arranged directly with your instructor, but payment for lessons will go through ACMS at the normal private instruction rate.
  • Voice lessons will not resume through ACMS until July 1; voice lessons must be conducted via ZOOM for the remainder of the summer.
  • For in-person lessons, ACMS will be implementing safety procedures including:
    • Spacing teacher schedules so that there is a 10-minute break between lessons to allow for classroom sanitization
    • Requiring students to wait for their lessons in their vehicle until their instructor comes out to meet them
    • Requiring all adults and children ages 10 and over to wear masks while on-site 
       
  • Beginning June 15 (July 1 for voice students) if a student wishes to continue lessons via ZOOM, they must enroll in Direct Billing through ACMS. Please call 512-474-2331 or email registrar@acmsaustin.org starting on June 1 to inquire about this option.

Why no voice lessons in the building this summer? In short, because studies are showing that singing is one of the most effective ways to spread the virus and we want to keep you and our customers as safe as possible. In early May several of the nation’s leading singing and choral organizations put together an expert panel to discuss what singing will look like for the time being. You can read an article summarizing the conversation by visiting this link.

Please see the links below for more specific information related to our various programs:

 

 
Registration for Summer 1!

Registration for our Summer 1 session of Early Childhood Music (Music Together® and Canta y Baila) begins on Monday, May 4th. Register by Sunday, May 10th and receive $40 off $65 off tuition! Our first summer session will run for 5 weeks from June 8th - July 12th.

We would also like to note that we have made a change to our pricing for our online programs. Tuition for online classes is no longer based upon the number of children in a household. You will only have to pay one fee per family. We hope that this modification will help alleviate some financial stress, while still allowing you to keep music a part of your child’s daily life.

ALERT - We initially priced our Summer 1 session too low according to Music Together guidelines. But you can gain a super summer savings before we adjust pricing! Register before midnight May 10 and you can save $65 off the new full tuition price. Register now for your spot in this fun online experience!

 

(In light of continued global health concerns and recommendations made by our city, our first summer session will still be completely online in the format you are now accustomed to. This also means that we will not be offering our Little Drummers, Big Voices curriculum for the first Summer session. Thank you for your continued support and grace during this time.)

 

 
ACMS Turns 20!

 

We are celebrating 20 years of Excellence, Discovery, Community all year and we want to celebrate with you! Enjoy this special video celebration!

 

Appearances and Performances by:
Liz Cass
Phil Davidson
Bryan Sunderman
Finn Dickens
Evie Tjoeng
Rachel McInturff
Sarah Beth Gooding
Courtney Tellman
Sonja Larson and Nora Karakousoglou
Paul Matthews

 

Your generosity fuels creativity and empowers us to continue offering the highest music education opportunities for all Austinites. Unrestricted donations in any amount will go towards operations, support of ACMS teaching artists, and free community programming provided by ACMS.

 

 
New Google Voice Number!

The school now has a Google Voice number for this shelter-in-place mandate. If you need to reach the on-duty registrar, call (512) 920-ACMS. (That's 512-920-2267) The call will be routed to whomever is on duty for the day.

 

 
Classes Resume Online Tomorrow!

Our Spring 2020 semester of Early Childhood Music (including Music Together® and Canta y Baila) begins tomorrow, Monday, April 6th. Our Spring 2020 session of Music for Little Mozarts also resumes tomorrow! Families registered in those classes have received email instructions on how to access classes online using Facebook. Didn't get those instructions? Please email us!

 

 
Spring EC Classes Still a Go!

We're still holding our Spring 2020 session of Music Together® and Canta y Baila! However it will be done in an online format using Facebook. Registered families will have access to even more content than previously. Registration is still available - see our Music Together and Canta y Baila pages to enroll! Don't see the class you enrolled for? Don't worry - you've been automatically moved over to the Online class! Classes begin Monday, April 6th. Have questions about the online format? Please see our online FAQs.

 

 
Online Sing-alongs on Facebook!

Is social distancing giving you a bit of cabin fever? Join our Sing-alongs on Facebook Tuesday through Friday at 3pm this week and next. Can't do 3pm? Videos will be saved for at least a week. 

 

 
New Building Hours

UPDATE: Given the shelter-in-place order, the best way to reach us is via email. Staff will be checking the email every day. We have remote access to voicemail however that will be less reliable.

Beginning Monday, March 23rd, the building hours will be:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday and Thursday
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Our Spring EC classes (including Music Together and Canta y Baila) begin Monday, April 6th. Music for Little Mozarts also resumes Monday, April 6th.

 

 
Delayed Opening: Mon, April 6

In light of decisions by Eanes ISD, AISD, and the City of Austin, we will be extending spring break into the beginning of April. Classes and lessons will resume the week of Monday, April 6th. More information soon.

[ more about our health policy ]

 
The Community in ACMS

Dear Families,

There is power in community, power in music. Right now the word community is being redefined as many move work environments to homes, schools temporarily close, and we avoid social gatherings. Connections to community are vital, especially in times such as these where every day brings new changes in how we interact with one another. As quarantined residents in Italy recently showed, these changes and challenges can also offer opportunities to reach out to one another through music to celebrate our humanity and create joyful moments.

While we are in this period of transition, please be assured that Armstrong Community Music School is committed to its mission to provide music to all members of our community. By offering remote lessons and singalongs, ACMS will provide the high-quality music educations students and families have come to expect, while also offering financial stability to our teaching artists.

To that end, although we will not be open for regular hours until April 6, we will be leading free community singalongs Tuesdays - Fridays at 3 pm through 4/3 starting next week on our Facebook page. We hope you will join us! Please see the links below for more specific information related to our various programs:

In addition, we will be postponing all ACMS 20th birthday events that were scheduled for the weekend of April 24-26. We do not have future dates set yet, but now we are looking forward to those celebrations with even more anticipation. Until then the ACMS executive team will be putting our creative minds together to create a virtual celebration to share for ACMS’s 20th.

Music will help us as we move through this tricky and unprecedented time. And in the end we believe our community, in every sense of the word, will be stronger. When we reach out to one another in joy or to momentarily forget our troubles, we gain a higher understanding of perspectives and true community is born. We are grateful for your continued support and hope that you make time for music every day. It’s really a wonder what a difference it can make!

 

Our best to you,
Liz Cass, Rachel McInturff, Sarah Beth Gooding, Courtney Tellman
The ACMS Executive Leadership Team

 
Spring Break Day Camps

Join us for a day filled with music, crafts, and games! Children will play rhythm instruments, sing, dance, and make crafts. Give your kids a fun-filled day! Day camps run from Monday, March 16th through Friday, March 20th. Sign up for one, several, or them all. Register now!

Unfortunately, due to concerns over COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the remaining Spring Break Day Camps. We will be following up with families to process refunds. Thank you, and stay healthy.

 
Spring EC Registration Online!

Schedules for our Spring 2020 session of Early Childhood Music (including Music Together®, Canta y Baila, and Little Drummers, Big Voices) are now online. Our Early Childhood Music class schedule at ACMS East is also available! Registration opens Monday, January 17th! Register by Sunday, January 23rd, and receive $70 off tuition! 

 

 
Winter 2020 Registration!

Registration for our Winter 2020 session of Early Childhood Music is now available! Register for Music Together®, Canta y Baila, Little Drummers, Big Voices and classes at our new ACMS East location by Sunday, December 8th and receive $80 off registration! Classes begin Monday, January 6th.

Registration is also available for our Steel Pan Jam Band and Ukulele for Adults classes in Westlake as well as our Group Ukulele classes at ACMS East. These classes also start the week of Monday, January 6th.

 

 
School Opens Monday, 1/6

Lessons and classes resume Monday, January 6th. There's still time to sign up for a variety of our classes including Music Together®, Canta y Baila, Little Drummers, Big Voices, Steel Pan Jam Band, and Group Uke for Adults classes as well as our 3-week Music for Little Mozarts Intro class. Don't forget classes at our new ACMS East location!

 
New: Classes for Homeschoolers!

Looking for classes for your homsechool kids? We're offering some new options starting in January: Group Ukulele, Group Piano, Steel Pan Jam Band, and Music Memory! Join us for a Home School Open House an January 15, 11am - 2pm. Call 512-474-2331  to reserve a spot in one of our piano, steel pan, or ukulele demos. Ages 5-15.

 

 
MLM Registration is Open

Registration is now open for Book 1 of our Music for Little Mozarts group piano course. These group classes are designed for kids ages 4-6. Our Spring 2020 semester starts the week of Monday, January 27th. View the online schedule and registration or call us at (512) 474-2331. 

 

 
Seasonal Registration Online!

Registration is still for our 3-week Seasonal Songs and Little Drummers: Nutcracker classes in December are now online. Classes include Seasonal Songs and Seasonal Songs en Español (ages 0-5 with a caregiver) as well as Little Drummers: Nutcracker (ages 3-5 without a caregiver). Don't forget about classes at our new ACMS East location! Register by Sunday, November 3rd, and receive $20 off tuition! Classes begin Monday, December 2nd.

 

 
Announcing ACMS East!

Armstrong Community Music School is partnering with Studio A to bring Music Classes to central Austin. This new partnership offers the community more immediate access to the resources ACMS has to offer and it allows ACMS to reach more deeply into the Austin community by being centrally located. Register now for one of our Group Ukulele classes! [more info]

 

 
Navigation Changes

To accomodate our new ACMS East options, the "Enrolled Families" tab has been moved. Most items are now under "Register" including Login, Enrolled Families, and Online Invoices and Concierge Enrollment.

 

 
Help ACMS Grow the Grove

We would love for you, your family, or tribute, to be permanently honored in our school by dedicating an engraved leaf or apple in our beautiful grove of trees. Please help us reach our $20,000 goal to fill all three trees by our 20th Anniversary in 2020. 100% of the proceeds benefit our Community Partnership Programs, where music is a tool for healing, rehabilitation, and skill building.

 
New Drum Classes!

Join us for our brand new Steel Pan Jam Band for students age 7-10. The Spring session of Steel Pan Jam Band begins Wednesday, March 27th. Schedules and online registration are here.

 
Join the Key Club!

Support Music Education for as little as $10 a month!  100% of your Key Club membership supports our Early Childhood Music Tuition Assistance Fund.  Help us bring music into the lives of our community! Join now!

 
Spotlight On Community Partners:

Todos Juntos Learning Center - Formerly the Sí Se Puede Learning Center Todos Juntos Learning Center is a nonprofit organization serving low-income Spanish speaking families by providing Adult Education services and Early Childhood Education. ACMS provides musical sing-alongs for the families as well as free CDs and advice on the importance of daily musical experiences for their young children. Professional musicians also visit periodically to provide free performances and further increase musical exposure.

[ Todos Juntos website ]

 
In Loving Memory

A Life of Music
The Margaret Perry Memorial Concert

Austin artists and groups gather for a musical tribute honoring Armstrong Community Music School founder, Margaret Perry

May 25th, 2018
11 am – 1 pm

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
606 W. 15th St.
Austin, TX  78701
 

This event is free and open to the public
A gathering and light lunch will be available in the fellowship hall following the concert

Austin – Beloved arts advocate, educator, musician, and founder of the Armstrong Community Music School, Margaret Perry passed away on April 5th, 2018. It was her wish to have a memorial concert in honor of her life’s work after her passing. This concert was programmed by Ms. Perry with instructions that the event be music only – no photos and no speeches.

Every piece that will be performed was chosen by Margaret and the musicians were hand-picked as well. This will be a glorious celebration of Margaret Perry’s legacy and a celebration of all that goes into making Austin a strong and beautiful arts community.

[more information]

 
In Loving Memory

It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our founding director, Margaret Perry, on Thursday, April 5th, 2018. Margaret stepped down as director in October of 2017 after learning of her diagnosis and dealt with her treatment and final stages with grace, honesty, humor and a depth of courage that was miraculous to witness. Her imprint will be forever on the Armstrong Community Music School, the staff that followed her vision wholeheartedly and the faculty that shared her mission of service and excellence. Her wisdom guided many. Her laughter uplifted all. She will be deeply missed.

A memorial concert is being planned in her honor, hosted by ACMS staff and joined together with many of the Austin arts organizations with whom she served and collaborated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Armstrong Community Music School or the Margaret Perry Endowment Fund at the Austin Community Foundation.

 

 
Intro to Piano for Adults

We offer Intro to Piano for Adults  several times a year. Check with the Registrar about our schedule!

 
In Loving Memory

We are deeply saddened to have lost James Armstrong, the wonderful man our school is named for. His caring spirit and generosity set a standard. His philanthropic work touched many lives in our community and he has left a lasting legacy. We will always be proud our school bears his name. [ learn more about James' life ]

 
Welcome to Our Brand New Site!

Welcome to our brand-new homepage courtesy of MainStreet Sites. Our newest features include the ability to schedule make-up classes and demos online! You can also set up an account and store your family members information! The new registration process will also automatically handle proration if you're joining the semester mid-way. 

If you see something not working, please let us know.