ODU Community Music Division
The Community Music Division of Old Dominion University (established in 1984 as the Community Music Academy) offers the finest level of private music instruction, classes, and ensembles to Hampton Roads residents. We welcome, instruct, and encourage people of all ages and abilities. Our varied staff holds degrees in music and specializes in the instruments that they teach. Most are active performers or teachers in the Hampton Roads community and beyond, and all are encouraged to join and participate in national music organizations. The CMD faculty has nearly 30 instructors and faculty members and offers private and group instruction in most instruments and voice.
Lessons are taught on the Norfolk campus in the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center, 49th Street and Elkhorn Avenue. Students may choose to participate in Community Music Division recitals held in the Chandler Recital Hall at the end of each semester. Our pianists will perform on one of the University's nine-foot Steinway concert grand pianos at recital time, or they may use the new grand piano in our Choral room for the National Piano Guild Auditions sponsored by our center on our campus in June. Our group harp students will use one of four lever harps purchased specially for our program. The CMD is one of the few organizations in our area to offer lessons on the Japanese Koto.
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Frequently asked questions
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Our varied staff holds degrees in music and specialize in the instruments that they teach. Most are active performers or teachers in the Hampton Roads community and beyond.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
9 Weeks, 30 Minutes
9 Weeks, 45 Minutes
9 Weeks, 60 Minutes
What types of students have you worked with?
We have worked with students of all ages and skill levels.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Be sure to practice on a regular basis, but most importantly, find an instrument that you love and play music that you are passionate about. It will make the performance so much better!
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Are there certain days/times of the week that work best to schedule lessons?
Are you willing to commit the time it takes to practice regularly and develop your musicianship?
Do you have the proper instruments and other materials?