What's New

Register for Summer Classes!

Registration for our Summer I and Summer II sessions of Early Childhood Music begins Monday, April 30th. Register by Sunday, May 6th and receive $50 off registration per child per session!

Summer I includes the ACMS Original Class Woody Guthrie's 20 Grow Big Songs for ages 0-5 years with a caregiver, and the Little Drummers, Big Voices version for kids ages 3-5 all by themselves. Bilingual Fun and Canta y Baila will also run. Session I runs from Monday, June 4th through Sunday, July 15th.

Summer II includes Music Together® for ages 0-5 with a caregiver as well as Rhythm Kids for ages 5 through 2nd grade. Our Little Drummers, Big Voices class for kids age 3-5 explores Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. And everyone's favorite bilingual class, Bilingual Fun runs again! Summer II runs from Monday, 23rd through Sunday, September 2nd. 

For maximum flexibility, we're also offering per-class "drop-in" rates. Do you know your travel plans preclude you from taking the entire session? Not to worry, you can just pay for classes a la carte. Drop in rates are $28 for the first child and $10 for additional siblings.

* Early Registration discounts do not apply towards drop-in options. Music Together requires a minimum of 4 class experiences per child.

 
In Loving Memory

A Life of Music
The Margaret Perry Memorial Concert

Austin artists and groups gather for a musical tribute honoring Armstrong Community Music School founder, Margaret Perry

May 25th, 2018
11 am – 1 pm

St. Martin’s Lutheran Church
606 W. 15th St.
Austin, TX  78701
 

This event is free and open to the public
A gathering and light lunch will be available in the fellowship hall following the concert

Austin – Beloved arts advocate, educator, musician, and founder of the Armstrong Community Music School, Margaret Perry passed away on April 5th, 2018. It was her wish to have a memorial concert in honor of her life’s work after her passing. This concert was programmed by Ms. Perry with instructions that the event be music only – no photos and no speeches.

Every piece that will be performed was chosen by Margaret and the musicians were hand-picked as well. This will be a glorious celebration of Margaret Perry’s legacy and a celebration of all that goes into making Austin a strong and beautiful arts community.

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Join the Key Club!

Support Music Education for as little as $10 a month!  100% of your Key Club membership supports our Early Childhood Music Tuition Assistance Fund.  Help us bring music into the lives of our community! Join now!

 
Help ACMS Grow the Grove

We would love for you, your family, or tribute, to be permanently honored in our school by dedicating an engraved leaf or apple in our beautiful grove of trees. Please help us reach our $20,000 goal to fill all three trees by our 20th Anniversary in 2020. 100% of the proceeds benefit our Community Partnership Programs, where music is a tool for healing, rehabilitation, and skill building.

 
Spotlight On Community Partners:

Todos Juntos Learning Center - Formerly the Sí Se Puede Learning Center Todos Juntos Learning Center is a nonprofit organization serving low-income Spanish speaking families by providing Adult Education services and Early Childhood Education. ACMS provides musical sing-alongs for the families as well as free CDs and advice on the importance of daily musical experiences for their young children. Professional musicians also visit periodically to provide free performances and further increase musical exposure.

[ Todos Juntos website ]

 
In Loving Memory

It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of our founding director, Margaret Perry, on Thursday, April 5th, 2018. Margaret stepped down as director in October of 2017 after learning of her diagnosis and dealt with her treatment and final stages with grace, honesty, humor and a depth of courage that was miraculous to witness. Her imprint will be forever on the Armstrong Community Music School, the staff that followed her vision wholeheartedly and the faculty that shared her mission of service and excellence. Her wisdom guided many. Her laughter uplifted all. She will be deeply missed.

A memorial concert is being planned in her honor, hosted by ACMS staff and joined together with many of the Austin arts organizations with whom she served and collaborated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Armstrong Community Music School or the Margaret Perry Endowment Fund at the Austin Community Foundation.

 

 
NEW! Intro to Piano for Adults!

Our new class Intro to Piano for Adults is now open for registration. Classes begin the week of Monday, April 2nd.

 
Registration is Still Open!

Registration for our 10-week Spring session (including Music Together®, Bilingual Fun, Little Drummers, Big Voices, Rhythm Kids® and our new class Canta y Baila Conmigo™) is still open! Spring begins Monday, March 19th.

 
NEW! Afternoons at Armstrong

Afternoons at Armstrong: Cookies and Culture features engaging lectures with live music programming involving some of Austin’s finest musicians and arts leaders. Each of these events will be held on Sunday afternoons at the Armstrong Community Music School. All programs begin at 3pm with a running time of one hour. Tickets are $20.00.

 
In Loving Memory

We are deeply saddened to have lost James Armstrong, the wonderful man our school is named for. His caring spirit and generosity set a standard. His philanthropic work touched many lives in our community and he has left a lasting legacy. We will always be proud our school bears his name. [ learn more about James' life ]

 
Welcome to Our Brand New Site!

Welcome to our brand-new homepage courtesy of MainStreet Sites. Our newest features include the ability to schedule make-up classes and demos online! You can also set up an account and store your family members information! The new registration process will also automatically handle proration if you're joining the semester mid-way. 

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