What's New

Fall Uke and Steel Pan Classes!

Steel Pan Jam Band for kids age 5-7 and Group Ukulele for adults return to our Westlake campus in October. Registration is now available!

Announcing ACMS East!

Armstrong Community Music School is partnering with Studio A to bring Early Childhood Music Classes and Ukulele Classes to central Austin. This new partnership offers the community more immediate access to the resources ACMS has to offer and it allows ACMS to reach more deeply into the Austin community by being centrally located. Register now for one of our Early Childhood Music classes or Group Ukulele classes! [more info]

EC Free Week!

Fall Early Childhood music classes are just around the corner! We will be offering 22 FREE MUSIC CLASSES that you can attend between September 3rd – 9th! Space in these classes is limited, so please call 512-474-2331 or email the Registrar to reserve your spot!

It is not too late to sign up for music classes for our Fall session. Register now!

Navigation Changes

To accomodate our new ACMS East options, the "Enrolled Families" tab has been moved. Most items are now under "Register" including Login, Enrolled Families, and Online Invoices and Concierge Enrollment.

Fall EC Registration is Open!

Registration for our Fall 20019 semester of Early Childhood Music (including Music Together®, Canta y Baila, and Little Drummers, Big Voices) is now available! Register by Sunday, August 11th and receive $80 off tuition.

Music for Little Mozarts Open!

Registration for Fall 2019 Book 1 of our Music for Little Mozarts group piano course is now available! View our schedule and register online, in person, or by calling us at (512) 474-2331. Classes start in September*.

* Monday classes start a week earlier on 8/26

Drop-Ins are Available!

Registration is now available for drop-ins for our Summer I Early Childhood Music classes (Music Together®, Canta y Baila, and Little Drummers, Big Voices). Busy traveling and can't commit to a whole semester? Just pay per-class*: $28 for the first child and $10 for additional siblings. Call us at (512) 474-2331 to register for drop-in classes.

*Music Together and Canta y Baila require a minimum of 4 class experiences.

Summer Registration is Open!

Registration for our Summer I and Summer II session of Early Childhood Music classes is now open! Summer I (Music Together®, Canta y Baila, and Little Drummers, Big Voices) begins Monday, June 3rd and Summer II (Rock All Ages, Rock the Sandbox, Canta y Baila, and Little Drummers, Big Voices) begins Monday, July 22nd. 

Registration is also open for our Steel Pan Jam Band (various ages), Ukulele for Adults, and Group Sing (for adults) classes.

Intro to Piano for Adults

Registration is now available for our Intro to Piano for Adults group class. Classes will consist of 2-3 adults and begin the week of Monday, June 3rd. Register 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.

New Drum Classes!

Join us for our brand new Steel Pan Jam Band for students age 7-10. The Spring session of Steel Pan Jam Band begins Wednesday, March 27th. Schedules and online registration are here.

MLM Book 1 and January Intro

Registration is now available online for our Spring 2019 Music for Little Mozarts Book 1 classes and our 3-week January Music for Little Mozarts Intro classes. January Intro class begins Monday, January 7th. Book 1 begins Monday, January 28th. Class options can be found on our Music for Little Mozarts Calendar. Register now!

Winter Class Schedules Online!

Online registration is still online for our Winter semester (including Music Together®, Canta y Baila, and Little Drummers, Big Voices) of Early Childhood Music classes. Winter runs from Monday, January 7th through Sunday, March 17th.

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!

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 ]

Classes for Adults

Intro to Piano for Adults is also back. Have you ever been interested in learning to play the piano? Join us for this group piano class ideal for beginners. Over 8 weeks, you will get an introduction to the instrument and begin learning to read music. This class is great for those who have been thinking about trying private piano lessons but aren’t yet sure if they are ready to make the commitment. Maximum 3 students per class. Classes start Tuesday, September 25th. Register now!


Registration for Fall is Open!

Registration for our Fall 2018 semester of Early Childhood Music classes (including Music Together®; Canta y Habla; Bilingual Fun; and Little Drummers, Big Voices) is now open. Register by Sunday, August 12th and receive $80 off tuition for your first and second child! Registration for our Singing with Friends classes is also open. These Fall 2018 classes begin Monday, September 10th and run through Sunday, November 18th.

Fall MLM Options!

Registration is now open for our 18-week Fall Book 1 classes. Classes begin Tuesday, September 4th.

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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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. 

If you see something not working, please let us know.