Explore your creative side by enrolling in classes from the Harper Community Music and Arts Center.

Develop your imagination and skill in arts such as drawing, painting, jewelry, pottery, and photography. Make beautiful music in a wide range of classes and private or group lessons for adults and children, beginners and advanced musicians. Our instructors are accomplished artists, passionate about teaching and helping you master skills and cultivate creativity.

The Community Music and Arts Center (CMAC) is an educational organization dedicated to enriching life through engagement in the arts. In pursuit of this mission, the Center provides diverse approaches to teaching and creates hospitable environments for learning. It facilitates the creation of new educational ventures and partnerships with community organizations.

Check back here for the 2018-2019 CMAC Calendar for concert dates and special events (pdf).

Click here to view the CMAC Student/Parent Handbook

Locations for Studios and Classes
Unless otherwise noted, all CMC classes and lessons are taught at Harper's main campus in the Music Instruction Center (Building P), a space shared with the College's Music Department. Teaching studios are equipped with excellently maintained grand and studio pianos, while our computer music lab has over 20 Macintosh computers, Korg synthesizers and an LCD system for clear teacher demonstrations.

Private Music Lessons

Click here to learn about our private lessons, including instruments offered, tuition and fees.

Ready to start? If you are a new student interested in private lessons, click here to submit a CMAC First Time Student formYou may also use this form to submit questions about our private lesson program. Someone will respond to you as soon as possible.

Instrument Rentals

Musical instruments are available for rent from JC's Guitars & Music Lessons. Picks, tuners and stands may be purchased at the time of rental. Instruments can be delivered to Harper College or picked up at either of JC's two locations: Lake in the Hills and St. Charles. Call Christina at JC's Lake in the Hills (847.658.9932) at least one week prior to class start date to reserve. For students joining the inZone program during the summer, instruments will be provided by CMAC.

Tuition Assistance
Learn to sing or play a musical instrument. If cost is a concern, tuition assistance is available for fall and spring semesters for students in grades 1-12, based on financial need. For more information or to apply, call 847.925.6659. If you would like to contribute to a CMC Scholarship, call 847.925.6490. Click here to visit the Tuition Assistance page for more information and to apply. The deadline for applications is July 31. We review applicants during the first two weeks of August and make decisions then.

Missed Lessons and Make-Up Lessons
Regular attendance at lessons is essential to successful and enjoyable music study. Please make every attempt to attend all classes and lessons. However, if your child is ill, keep him/her home to avoid spreading germs. Please notify your teacher in advance if your child must miss a lesson. If your child misses a group lesson, your teacher will send the week’s assignment via email so your child can see what was missed and keep practicing. Group lessons cannot be made up. If your child misses a private lesson, a make-up can be arranged if the absence was due to illness or emergency. Please be respectful of your teacher’s time, and don’t ask to make up lessons missed due to other activities or vacations. No more than 2 make-up lessons are allowed per 16 week semester, 1 per 8 week semester. If your teacher needs to cancel a lesson or class, it will be made up, and your teacher will arrange the time with you.

Inclement Weather/School Closings
In the case of inclement weather which causes the Harper campus to close, teachers will offer a make-up for the class or private lesson missed. You can check the status of our school at www.harpercollege.edu or by calling 847-925-6000. If the school is open, lessons are running, and you should make every attempt to attend.