Quick Facts

  • CMA is the only school in Central Kentucky 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 2016-17 school year, we are serving 120 students on 21 different instruments.
  • For an in-depth look at what music has done for one of our students, click here. 
  • In May 2016, we graduated 7 seniors, continuing CMA's historical 100% high school graduation rate. And including the class of 2016, 98% of these graduating seniors have also gone on to college!
  • 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 2016-17, 40% of our students are Caucasian, 40% are African American, 10% are Hispanic, 6% are Bi-racial, and 4% 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.
  • To date, CMA’s dedicated teachers have served over 900 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.