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Our Summer Music Camp registration is now closed. If you are interested in putting your child's name on a waiting list please contact Dr. Betty Bedsole (731) 661-5226, or through email at

Fall 2015 Registration

The Community Music Center is now accepting registration for the Fall 2015 semester that begins August 10. Register by August 3rd and receive a reduced rate. Just complete the registration form and mail with your check to:

Union University
Community Music Center
Attn: Dr. Betty Bedsole
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38305

The Mission of the Community Music Center at Union University is to enrich our community and the lives of people of all ages through instruction and experience in music.

Our goal is to foster a lifelong appreciation of and involvement in the musical arts and to serve as a resource for the musical needs of the people of Jackson and West Tennessee. LEARN MORE IN OUR BROCHURE (.pdf)

music students

Through participation in the Community Music Center, students will not only have aesthetically rewarding experiences, but also will realize academic benefits and build meaningful relationships. In addition, students will be connected to the strong reputation of musical excellence that belongs to the Department of Music and Union University. Most importantly, students will be inspired to develop their talents and gifts to glorify God, the One Who created music and Who gives us the joy of its discovery.

The Community Music Center offers programs for children of all ages as well as adults. All programs are specifically designed to meet the needs and skills of specific age and interest groups.

music studentsPrivate Lessons

Private lessons are offered to children, youth, and adults regularly in voice, violin, piano, guitar and trumpet, and may also be available in other areas upon request. During each semester, highly qualified, experienced teachers craft an individual course of study that is appropriate for the student’s interests and ability. Weekly, 30-minute lessons are designed not only to teach proficiency in the specified area, but also to develop music-reading skills and a passion for music. Young students and beginners are encouraged to register for appropriate group lessons. Children under the age of 13 who are interested in developing vocal skills should register for Children’s Chorus.

music students Group Instruction

Group lessons are an effective, economical avenue for beginning students to develop musical skills as well as to foster self-discipline and to forge new friendships. The Community Music Center offers group lessons in piano.

Group Piano lessons are available at two age levels. Children ages 5 ½ to 2nd Grade will enroll in Music Makers, a Musikgarten curriculum designed to teach participants to play by ear as well as to read music. Students grade 3 and older will register for Group Piano.

music students Children's Chorus (grades 1 to 6)

The Union University Children’s Chorus provides an opportunity for children to participate in a variety of musical experiences including singing, playing instruments, creative activities, and music reading. Participation in this program will enhance the child’s self-discipline, self-esteem and performance skills.

Children in grades 1 and 2 will be placed in the Preparatory Chorus which meets on Mondays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Children in grades 3 through 6 will be placed in the Children’s Chorus which meets on Tuesdays from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.

music students Youth Chorus (Grades 7-12)

Students in grades 7–12 are eligible to enroll in the Community Music Center’s newest vocal ensemble. Literature will be challenging and rewarding and, in many cases, will coincide with selections used for regional and state festivals.


Registration forms, along with all fees, are due at the beginning of each semester. No registration fee is required. Early registration is encouraged, as many of our classes and private studios have limited capacities. Payment plans and late registration may be allowed. Contact the Director of the Community Music Center Dr. Betty Bedsole for further information (731.661.5226 or

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