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Hiring Procedures and Requirements

Community Music School offers private instruction in most band and orchestra instruments, piano, voice, and guitar, as well as Music First classes for infant through 5 years. Also offered are Bucket Beats (Bucket Drumming classes) and Suzuki violin. CMS hires based on resume, interview and performance. Prospective faculty with at least the following qualifications may submit resumes at any time:

Bachelor’s degree in music
Proficiency and continuing performance on major instrument(s)
Three years teaching experience
Two professional references available for contact by the CMS

CURRENT HIRING NEEDS (as of March 13, 2017)

French Horn instructor
Piano Instructor

Our Private Lessons are offered in 20-min, 30-min, 45-min and 60-min time blocks.  We are open for lessons Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 8:00pm, on Friday from 9:00am-6:00pm, and on Saturday from 10:00am-2:00pm.  We offer lesson times based on your availability.  Our busiest lesson time tends to be from 1:00pm-7:00pm.

Prospective Faculty FAQ's

What is the current rate of pay?
$8.75 each for 20-minute lessons, and $25.25/hr for all other lessons. Class rates range from $26.50-$38/hr. The Music Center also pays 7.65% in social security contributions, which benefits the faculty, as they do not pay self-employment tax on this income. Pay is biweekly.

Are there opportunities for students and faculty to perform?
Each CMS site offers monthly Spotlight Recitals.. Students are encouraged to perform often to improve their skills. Faculty are expected to perform to keep up their skills, though it need not be at the CMS.

Will I be evaluated?
The CMS evaluates faculty by observation and family feedback.

When can I start?
As soon as students are available. Often we have a high demand for teachers, although occasionally there is a wait.

Are faculty paid for missed lessons?
Faculty are paid for a lesson they miss when it is made up. If a student cancels, the faculty is paid when the lesson was scheduled, and are asked to make up one student-canceled lesson per semester per student, schedule permitting. Faculty are paid for no-shows, and the lesson is not made up. There are make up weeks at the end of Fall and Winter semesters, and other times can be arranged as well.

Resumes may be sent to:

Community Music School
P.O. Box 1613
Battle Creek, MI 49016
Attn: Amanda Irwin

For more information:
269.963.1911 ext 2502



The Community Music School's main location is inside of the Davidson Building on the campus of Kellogg Community College. We are located on the south end of campus, behind Fremont School near Emmett Street.

The address of the building is: 450 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI

Click here for maps to our locations

Community Music School

Fall 2016
September 6-December 9

Winter 2017
January 9-May 27
Registration starts November 21, 2016

Summer 2017
June 5-August 25
Registration starts May 1, 2017

Registration page


Registration open all semester

For registration and start up dates of each program please check out the pages for private lessons, Music First,and the Registration page.

CMS financial aid is available to families with under $50,000 in annual income. Other aid is available to qualifying families from area foundations and organizations. For more information, please contact the Music Center.

Some of the financial aid options are need based while others are not. Please call today to find out how we are able to keep music learning accessible and affordable for our community.

Tuition only covers a portion of the cost of Music Center programs. Click here to donate online.



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Did you know that the Community Music School is a program of The Music Center of South Central Michigan? Click here for information on all of the classes and ensembles we have to offer.