Community School of Music


The Community School of Music is a partnership between the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center and the Northern State University Music Department.


The summer private lesson program runs June 3 - August 2. Traditional band and orchestra instruments, harp, guitar, and voice lessons are available for all ages. Lessons are taught by advanced level music majors attending NSU or qualified teachers from the community at large. The lessons are held in the ARCC music facilities. Lesson times available are either half-hour lessons once per week or one hour lessons once every other week.

Strings: Both Suzuki and traditional methods are available. It is requested that beginning string students meet with the instructor, Ms. Nancy Ohnstad, prior to purchasing an instrument. For more information, please call the ARCC at 626-7081.

Ages: All ages. (Some age restrictions may apply for younger students depending on the instrument of choice.)

Lesson Dates: June 3 - August 2 (No lessons July 1 - 5)

Fee: $120 for 8 half-hour lessons or 4 one hour lessons. Fee does not include instruments, books, or supplies.

Financial Aid: Need-based financial assistance is available. Call 626-7015 for more information and guidelines.

Lesson Scheduling: Individual lessons are scheduled by staff in coordination with faculty and student schedules. The prime time for most lessons will be Monday through Thursday. Other times may be possible depending on availability.

Registration: Registration will beginTuesday, April 30 at 7:00 a.m. and will continue while lessons are available subject to teacher availability. Registration forms are available at the ARCC. Registrations can also be made over the phone by calling the ARCC at 626-7081.

Contact Us
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center at (605) 626-7081.