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Center for Musical Development

The Center for Musical Development at Wittenberg University offers a variety of musical engagement opportunities for the Springfield community, including private lessons and group instruction for students of all ages and levels.

Program Updates:

  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Bayley Summer Music Academy has been canceled.
  • Music lessons are currently being taught online.

Convenient Enrollment and Payment

For students interested in private lessons, the CMD Coordinator personally arranges for lessons with a private instructor. A downpayment of five lessons is required before lessons begin: ($100 for five 30-minute lessons; $150 for five 45-minute lessons; $200 for five 60-minute lessons), using either the Online Payment Form to pay by credit card; or send a check to the Center for Musical Development, Wittenberg University, P.O. Box 720, Springfield, OH 45501-0720. The GPS/CMD office in Shouvlin will no longer be accepting cash or taking credit card information over the phone.

CMD terms follow the Wittenberg academic calendar: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (May-August). Lessons can be taken in 30-minute, 45-minute, or 60-minute increments. Students are typically scheduled for one lesson per week during the term. New students can register at any point during the term.

Private Lesson Costs (per lesson):

  • 30-Minute Lesson = $20.00
  • 45-Minute Lesson = $30.00
  • 60-Minute Lesson = $40.00
  • New Student Registration Fee = $5.00 (first-time registration only)

All lessons will be paid in advance. Please remember that instructors are under no obligation to teach lessons for which you have not paid. CMD considers music study to be a long-term activity. Students are expected to commit to a full semester. At or before the first lesson please discuss with your instructor their block of time in the semester you would like to reserve for lessons, accounting for times the instructor may be unavailable for lessons; holidays and unavoidable events, such as student's music concerts.

All scholarship applications must be completed in the first week of lessons.

CMD will email an invoice for the remainder of the lesson cost. The CMD coordinator will consider alternate payment schedules on a case by case basis, but such arrangements must be made in advance.

2019-20 Wittenberg CMD Calendar

  • Fall Semester Dates: August 19 - December 14, 2019
  • Spring Semester Dates: January 13 - May 15, 2020
  • Summer Semester Dates: May 18 - August 14, 2020

The Center for Musical Development also offers a variety of music classes each term. Check out the Seasonal Music Opportunities page for a listing of upcoming classes.

You can request more information about lessons and other opportunities that CMD: Click Here to Learn More

Scholarship Opportunities

Thanks to generous endowments from community donors, the Center for Musical Development is able to offer scholarship opportunities for families with multiple students (up to 20% discount) and students showing significant financial need (up to 50% discount). Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. You may not receive a need-based and family scholarship.

Need-Based Scholarship Application

*Students displaying financial need and currently attending Perrin, Lincoln, Fulton, or Kenwood schools may also be eligible for a supplemental scholarship through the Promise Zone Community Chest.

Family/Multiple Lessons Scholarship Application

Scholarship students will be expected to attend lessons regularly, to practice diligently between lessons, and to perform in end-of-term recitals. All scholarships are partial, and the responsibility for timely payment of the remainder of the tuition rests with family. Delinquency may jeopardize continuation of a scholarship.

If you have questions about the Center for Musical Development, please feel free to contact CMD Coordinator Nancy Davis directly at 937-327-7052 or

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