Community School of Music


The Community School of Music is a partnership between the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center and the Northern State University Music Department. The School began in 2005 and offers private instrument lessons for most band instruments and voice for grades 5 and up.


The school-year private lesson program runs September-May. Traditional band and orchestra instruments, harp, guitar, and voice lessons are available for all ages. Lessons are taught by advanced level music majors attending NSU or qualified teachers from the community at large. The lessons will be held in the ARCC music facilities. It is requested that beginning string students meet with the instructor, Ms. Nancy Ohnstad, prior to purchasing an instrument.

Ages: All ages. (Some age restrictions may apply for younger students depending on the instrument of choice.)

Lesson Dates: Lessons will run September 12-May 5.

Fee: $60 plus tax per month (8 monthly payments). Fee does not include instruments, books, or supplies.

Financial Aid: Need-based financial assistance is available. Call 626-7015 for more information and guidelines.

Lesson Scheduling: Individual lessons are scheduled by staff in coordination with faculty and student schedules. The prime time for most lessons will be Monday through Thursday. Other times may be possible depending on availability.

Registration: Registration begins August 23, is ongoing, and will continue while lessons are available
subject to teacher availability. Registration forms are available at the ARCC. Registrations can also be made over the phone by calling the ARCC at 626-7081 or online through September 6.

Contact Us
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Aberdeen Recreation and Cultural Center at (605) 626-7081 or e-mail: