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office: MSM 120
phone: 713 - 743 - 3398
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Homegrown Houston Artistry

The University of Houston Community Arts Academy offers eclectic, adventurous, premium-quality learning experiences in music, theater, dance, and visual arts. The Community Arts Academy is a UH home for any Houstonian, regardless of age, who wants to grow through creativity.

  • Grow more self-assured, confident, and disciplined
  • Grow more curious about the diverse world of arts and ideas
  • Grow more empathetic and collaborative
  • Grow more observant of beauty and meaning in the world
  • Grow more enthusiastic about your own potential for excellence

The UH Community Arts Academy also offers UH artists with career expanding opportunities to teach, perform for, and collaborate with Houston communities. 

Join our diverse, supportive community of artists and learners and enjoy the wondrous opportunities and resources the University of Houston offers growing artists.

Camps, Workshops, and Festivals

Voice and Instrument Studies

  • Instrument, Voice, Choir, & Mariachi

    For students seeking highly personalized, ongoing, comprehensive instruction in the arts. Currently we offer piano, violin, viola, cello, organ, harp, guitar, voice, choral, and mariachi studies.

    Piano, violin, viola, cello, organ, harp, guitar, and voice

    Our approach aims to train a well-rounded musician in a peer-supported environment.

    Fill out our inquiry form here

  • Music Lessons: Kids & Teens

    Kids & Teens enrolled in piano, violin, viola, cello, organ, harp, guitar, and voice studies at the Community Arts Academy receive two weekly classes:  

    • Weekly private lesson with CAA Teaching Fellows with guidance from UH Moores School master faculty. Students may enroll in either 30-, 45-, or 60-minute lessons.
    • Weekly Saturday group learning experiences, which include:  
      • Monthly performance classes with special guest teachers and supportive feedback from peers.
      • Monthly University Adventures that nourish curiosity and passion. Destinations include KUHF public TV and radio studios, the world class UH piano repair workshop, the UH college of Architecture, the UH Creative Writing Center, and other fascinating and inspiring places.  
      • Bi-monthly musicianship classes that improve music literacy, music composition skills, improvisation skills, and collaboration skills.

    All actively enrolled music students will receive free tickets to all UH Moores School of Music performances. 

  • Music Lessons: Adults

    Adult music studies students receive a weekly private lesson, plus opportunities to participate in monthly performance salons, online music theory courses, piano chamber music experiences, and 20% reduced tuition to one CAA seminar of the student's choice each semester.

    All actively enrolled music students will receive free tickets to all UH Moores School of Music performances. 

  • NEW: Guitar Fundamentals Group Class

    Master the fundamentals of guitar playing in this fun and inspiring, ten-session group music making class. Jeremy Garcia, affiliate professor of guitar at the UH Moores School of Music, will introduce students to a variety of music styles, including classical, flamenco, jazz and American popular music, all employing finger-style methods.

    Students will receive instruction in guitar technique, music reading, tone production, musical expression, rhythm, harmony, and ear-training.    

    Cost: $450 for ten hour-long group classes (enrollment capped at 8 students).  

    Day and time: Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

    Location: Moores School of Music, 3333 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77004

    Register Here

  • Choir and Mariachi

    For more information on how to join a UH choir or mariachi, please fill out the inquiry form HERE.

    Learn more about choir HERE.

    Learn more about mariachi HERE.

    For questions, please contact us at or 713.743.3398.

  • Registration & Placement

    Registration occurs at the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. To learn more, please fill out the inquiry form HERE

    After completing the inquiry form, pending teacher availability and/or placement interview, you will receive information about registration as well as other learning experiences offered by the Community Arts Academy.

    Fall semester begins in August, spring semester begins in January, and summer lessons are flexible.

    For additional questions, please reach out to us directly at or by calling 713-743-3398. 

  • Tuition & Fees

    Music and Instrument Studies:

    Tuition includes a weekly private lesson, a weekly group experience at the University of Houston, end-of-semester recitals, and registration fees.

    Active CAA students receive free tickets to all Moores School of Music performances.

    Fall/Spring Semester
    Includes 14 Lessons*
    30-minute lessons
    45-minute lessons
    60-minute lessons
    Summer Semester
    Includes 7 Lessons*
    30-minute lessons
    45-minute lessons
    60-minute lessons

     *University of Houston Students, Faculty, and Staff receive a 10% discount.

    Choir and Mariachi Studies:

    Fall/Spring Semester
    $50 (not for course credit)

    Active CAA students receive free tickets to all Moores School of Music performances.

  • Payment

    Payment can be at the beginning of the semester or in installments with an additional fee.

    By Credit Card: You will receive an invoice e-mail from Upon receipt of your invoice, pay by credit card using the link provided.

    By Check: Personal checks should be made out to University of Houston. We cannot accept cash payments.

    Deliver to: our office in MSM #120
    Mail to:
    Moores School of Music
    3333 Cullen Blvd #120
    Houston, TX 77204-4017
a seminar with Dean Andrew Davis and the Formosa Quartet

Creative Learning Experiences for Adults!

For life-long learners seeking to nourish their passion and curiosity for the arts through only-at-UH, deep-diving discussion groups, classes, and social learning experiences. 


Other CAA Programs

  • UH Choirs

    Sing with the UH Choirs

    Fall 2021 marked the return to community participation in UH Choirs. With five large choral ensembles complemented by five student-led a cappella groups, there is a musical home at UH for every interested choral singer. Audition information can be found at

    If you have been accepted into a UH choral ensemble and are not enrolling for UH credit, please fill out the inquiry form HERE. For questions, please contact us at or 713.743.3398.

  • Mariachi Pumas debut concert

    Mariachi Pumas

    Join UH's exciting new musical ensemble, the Mariachi Pumas! Under the artistic direction of Jose Longoria, the Mariachi Pumas invite any UH student interested in learning this traditional Mexican musical style with its distinctive rhythms, instrumentation, and performance practice to join in our community rehearsals or audition for our competition group.

    For more information on joining, please fill out the inquiry form HERE. For questions, please contact us at or 713.743.3398, and don't forget to follow @UHMariachiPumas on social media.

  • Piano Technology Internship

    Internship in Advanced Piano Technology

    We offer a program in Advanced Keyboard Maintenance and Piano Technology. The only program of its kind in Texas, our intensive program allows its participants to develop the skills, techniques, and real-world expertise for piano and keyboard technicians.

    Find out more about the program and how to apply HERE.

Group photo of young musicians at a "University Adventure" yoga class

The Community Arts Academy is dedicated to enriching lives and cultivating communities through exceptional arts education, which is structured around a peer-supported environment that we believe fosters a unique and comprehensive approach to artistic training.

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