Armstrong Community Music School remains committed to serving Austin by providing excellent music education opportunities to all. ACMS has been fortunate as an organization to maneuver most classes and lessons to an online format during the shelter in place period. This includes free programming provided at several locations serving many of Austin’s most underserved populations as part of our Harmony Initiative. As a nonprofit organization ACMS always welcomes and seeks financial support to stay on track with the costs associated with keeping these commitments. Your unrestricted contribution ensures that ACMS will continue to provide these opportunities while offering stability for faculty and staff. 

Music Classes for Ages 6 to 12 Years

Your child is at the age where she’s eager to take on new challenges and learn new skills. Six-, and seven-, and eight-year-olds are ready to lead musical activities with their peers. They want to dig deeper and understand how music works. They may be ready to take their journey into private instruction. That's what our drop-off options for big kids are all about.

Our lessons and classes for six through twelve-year-olds create a musical environment where your big kid can thrive. Challenging and fun music activities complement your child’s elementary school music curriculum or individual music lessons. Plus, your son or daughter will build life skills such as leadership, decision-making, and teamwork.  

Through class activities like drumming, game songs, improvisation, composition, and conducting, your big kid will be well on his way to a lifetime of joyful music-making. 


Singing with Friends (ages 7 to 10 years) Class length: 45 minutes (varies by age and experience) Bring a few friends and join the fun! In this dynamic new class offered exclusively at the Armstrong Community Music School, children ages 7-10 will learn about healthy singing, practice vocal and music theory games, and work on group songs and solo songs, culminating in a mini-class recital. The class is perfect for those singers already enrolled in school choir who would like a little extra attention, or any beginning singer interested in learning and meeting other singers.


Private Instruction (ages 5 and up - varies by instrument) Lesson length: 30, 45, or 60 minutes (varies by age and experience) We know what a big step starting private instruction can be for a student. We’re here to help make that step meaningful, rewarding and long lasting. The more information we have about interests, goals, previous experience and expectations, the better we’ll be at personally placing you or your child with one of our fine instructors.


Group Ukulele (ages 5 to 9 years) Class length: 30 minutes Learn familiar tunes and some new ones, too! No prior musical instruction necessary.


Steel Pan Jam Band (ages 7 to 10 years) Class length: 45 minutes The steel pan is the only family of acoustic instruments to be invented in the 20th century. Originating in Trinidad/Tobago as a communal folk tradition, the steel orchestra has spread internationally through classical, popular, and traditional folk genres. The Steel Pan Jam Band at ACMS will explore all genres, including those from Trinidad, and will teach basic rhythmic and harmonic theory through playing. This class will be taught in the traditional way, by rote (i.e. by ear) so no prior music experience or training is required.


Drum Circles Class length: 60 minutes Learn some beats, try different types of drums, and make some noise! This is an energizing community activity which will have you all playing together in no time. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.