Quick Facts

  • CMA is the only school in Lexington that gives free weekly half-hour private music lessons—on all instruments and to all levels of learners—to low-income kids.
  • 100% of CMA private lesson students would not be able to pay for instruction without aid.
  • In free private lessons and group classes during the 2017-18 school year, we are serving 100 students on 21 different instruments.
  • For an in-depth look at what music has done for one of our students, click here. 
  • In May 2017, we graduated 7 seniors, continuing CMA's historical 100% high school graduation rate. And including the Class of 2017, 98% of these graduating seniors have also gone on to college or the military! 
  • CMA was named a 2017 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award Finalist, out of 342 nationwide applicants.
  • CMA students have successfully auditioned into SCAPA, CKYO, all-district/all-state choir, band, and orchestra; and UK, EKU, Kentucky State, Transylvania University, and Morehead State.
  • We are diverse. In 2017-18, 35% of our students are Caucasian, 29% are African American, 17% are Hispanic, 13% are Biracial, and 6% are Asian or Pacific Islander. 
  • Nearly half of our current teachers have completed Master’s or Doctorate degrees in music.
  • The CMA calendar includes at least one student performance opportunity every month.
  • Summer camps include a World Percussion camp and a chamber string camp; group classes have included a jazz improv class, a Bluegrass ensemble, a rock band, a guitar class, and a "Wee Move and Groove" class for preschool-aged kids.
  • To date, CMA’s dedicated teachers have served over 950 students in private lessons, group classes, and camps.
  • Providing one free music lesson for a child is $22.50 ($900/year). And from January 1-June 30 of each year, we have a dollar-for-dollar match on any new contributions!

Photo: Suna Avci-Gunther teaching a lesson to vocal student Anne.