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Community School of the Arts (CSA)

CSA at Wheaton College provides excellence in music education through degreed instructors and proven teaching methods. CSA offers a variety of comprehensive music programs for all ages and ability levels.

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Christmas Wonder

A Suzuki Strings Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 10:00am
Edman Chapel, Wheaton College
FREE - csa.wheaton.edu

CSA Christmas break begins Sunday, December 19, 2021

Classes resume on Monday, January 10, 2022

The CSA office is also closed during break, reopening on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

CSA wishes you and your family a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Support the CSA Annual Campaign Now!

The Annual Campaign helps support the work of CSA and makes CSA accessible to students in need.

Please join in supporting a strong tradition through a donation this year.


CSA is in session on Martin Luther King Jr Day, January 20, 2020

CSA lessons and classes will run as scheduled on Martin Luther King Jr Day


CSA 2019 Suzuki Christmas Concert has been posted to You Tube.

YouTube playlist – 12/14 Suzuki Strings Christmas Concert: A Vintage Christmas

Enjoy and Share!


Easter Weekend

Friday, April 19  &  Saturday, April 20

CSA will be closed in observance of Easter.  Classes will not meet.

Why Easter?

Weather Notification

CSA is monitoring the weather. Please refer back by ______ for updates.

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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Wheaton College Artist Series Opening Night Festival

Artist Series Opening Night Festival
Friday, September 27, 2019
Edman Plaza

The Pre-concert Festival will include CSA guitar instructor Kevin Brown and several CSA guitar students.

Special subscription offer:  When an adult buys a season subscription, you will receive a FREE subscription for a child.
Two parents = two free subscriptions for your children.


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Vivaldi Strings 2019 Tour

Vivaldi Strings toured in Spain from July 20-30, 2019.  See CSA's Facebook page for pictures.

The Benefit Concert video is posted to the CSA YouTube Channel.




Explore Our Programs

CSA offers complete music education. CSA's programs include Early Childhood Music, Suzuki and Traditional Instrument Lessons, Beethoven's Buddies, and CODA. Learn more below.


Suzuki Lessons

CSA’s extensive Suzuki program is nationally recognized, with 20 instructors and 400 students. CSA offers Suzuki instruction on piano, violin, viola, cello and guitar. Student begin lessons between the ages of 4-6.

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Preparatory (traditional) Lessons

CSA’s Preparatory program provides music lessons with a traditional approach to over 150 students. CSA offers Preparatory instruction on piano, violin, cello and guitar. Student may begin at age 6-adult.

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Early Childhood & Music Makers at the Keyboard

CSA's multi-age Early Childhood Music program develops aural skills, motor coordination and self control while instilling a lifelong love of music.

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Beethoven's Buddies

Beethoven’s Buddies (BB) is an innovative music program which facilitates cognitive and emotional growth for students with developmental delays.

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One of the primary ways in which Community School of the Arts (CSA) serves the local community is through our Community Outreach for Developing Artists (CODA) program. 

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Parent and Student Resources

CSA parent and student access portal for concert and event information.

Register for Music Lessons & Classes

Music Lessons (Suzuki & Traditional)
Early Childhood Music classes

How to Register
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Our Mission

The Community School of the Arts at Wheaton College exists to honor and glorify God through teaching and inspiring students in the performing arts, guiding them toward their full potential while encouraging them, in turn, to enrich the lives of others.

Learn More About CSA

Conservatory Connections

At CSA, you will find a college campus environment with first-rate performance venues, teaching studios with Conservatory-quality instruments. CSA students have regular opportunities for interaction with college undergrads who serve as interns, accompanists, and teaching assistants. A CSA Family Pass provides free admission to selected Wheaton College Conservatory events.

Performance & Enrichment

CSA music students participate in annual large-scale concerts and festivals. Numerous enrichment opportunities are available to students, including a chamber program, workshops and summer programs.

Community Engagement

Serving each other, as well as the community, is a vital element of CSA's mission. Instructors are passionate about imparting the value of service, understanding it results in character development for the student, as well as benefit to the community at large.

Why Choose CSA?

CSA programs range from Early Childhood Music classes (Musikgarten) to Suzuki and Traditional Private Instruction (piano, violin, viola, cello, and guitar). 

Our teachers hold advanced degrees and have extensive experience working with students of all levels and abilities.

At the Community School of the Arts, our instructors are our greatest asset. CSA instructors are at the top of their field, with significant education and experience behind them. More than 60% of our instructors hold at least a Master’s degree in their respective instrument or field.

All of them have been professionally trained and are experienced in working with students of all ages, nurturing their students as they strive to help them learn artistic expression while at the same time applying the discipline and joy of study in the arts to their everyday lives. CSA instructors are dedicated to their students and have wonderful relationships with students and parents alike.

Wheaton College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, Music Teachers National Association, and the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Our greatest asset is our highly educated, experienced and long-standing instructors. These 30 instructors hold advanced degrees in their respective fields, have years of experience, and are dedicated to shaping the artistic journeys of their students.

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  • Connect with the CSA

  • Armerding Center for Music and the Arts
    501 College Ave
    Wheaton, IL 60187
  • 630.752.5567

School is in Session on President's Day

CSA lessons and classes will run as scheduled on President's day
Monday, February 15, 2021 

Suzuki Cello Workshop

Suzuki cellists are invited to participate in CSA's Suzuki Cello Workshop on March 2-3, 2018. Our outstanding guest faculty will provide a motivating experience, with a cello play-in including cello ensembles.

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Jazz Pop Festival

Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 3 & 5 pm
Pierce Chapel | Wheaton College campus


CSA Spring break begins Sunday, March 21, 2021

Classes resume on Monday, April 5, 2021 

CSA summer classes are open for registration.

View the in-person and virtual options beginning in June.

Photo represents classs prior to COVID-19.

CSA Thanksgiving break begins Sunday, November 21, 2021 

Classes resume on Monday, November 29, 2021


CSA offices will be closed during the holiday break


Happy Thanksgiving!