Community Music School

Welcome to WIU Community Music School

Mission - Community Music School’s twofold mission is to enrich lives and communities by offering high-quality, affordable music instruction to all people and to provide performance opportunities that contribute to the cultural life of the communities we serve. This dual mission is based upon the notion that music should play a central role in the life of any healthy community and that each and every individual has the capacity for music expression at some appropriate level of understanding and skill.

Dr. Richard Cangro, Director

2015-2016 - Musical happenings for all ages at the WIU Community Music School

The WIU Community Music School is thriving with students of all ages learning to express themselves and thoroughly enjoy music to the fullest! Since our opening in January 2009, the program has exploded with a flurry of fabulous music opportunities for singers, instrumentalists, and pre-school kids. This year we will continue the hugely successful adult piano program called Recreational Music Making. Designed for adult beginners, this class piano program focuses on student goals and uses a flexible curriculum that is encouraging and self-paced. Learning piano is a journey, not a race! Classes will take place in the piano lab in Browne Hall at the WIU School of Music. Registration is open online on the CMS website below.

CMS is continuing our fabulous music program for pre-school aged children and their parents called Family Music Classes. The early years of life are so crucial for establishing a foundation for lifelong music development. Family Music Classes at the Community Music School bring musical playtime activities to life, teaching you and your child how to sing together in class and at home. Openings for all of our programs are filling up fast! Sign up now to get in on the musical action!!

New this year will be a limited amount of private lessons for flute. Other opportunities at the Community Music School include private lessons for guitar, voice, organ, and piano. The string orchestra program will be offered for experienced string students. Our programs are staffed with teachers who are exceptionally qualified as well as brilliant performers. Our goal is to provide the highest quality instruction through artistic modeling and knowledgeable pedagogy.

Information and registration available online at Community Music School

Contact the director–Dr. Richard Cangro at or (309) 298-3114 for more information.

Even more musical opportunities to come..... stay tuned!!!