Community Music School

The Jackson Community Music School has been committed to local music education and outreach in Jackson since 1992. Our distinguished music faculty is comprised of professional musicians who have been carefully selected based on their extensive training, wealth of experience, and passion for teaching. Our faculty currently perform with professional orchestras and ensembles around the world, including the Jackson Symphony Orchestra!

Students of the Community Music School are offered many performance opportunities throughout the year. From formal recitals at the end of each semester to casual concerts like our Bach’s Lunch series, students can gain experience and confidence performing in a variety of settings. Select students may also get to perform with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra in side-by-side concerts and be featured in other outreach and enrichment performances.

Other perks to being a student at the Jackson Community Music School include free tickets to Jackson Symphony Orchestra concerts and guest artist recitals, numerous scholarship opportunities only offered to currently enrolled students, performances in masterclasses and group ensembles, and so much more!

A Musical Look at Cooperation, Communication and Conviction

In 2017 the Jackson Symphony Orchestra partnered with MACI and the Jackson Community Foundation to provide 1,100 3rd and 4th graders a Musical Look at Cooperation, Communication and Conviction. This program introduces the families of instruments in the orchestra, while also teaching valuable social skills. Additionally, this program will augment some of the character education initiatives that our schools implement. This program aligns with the Michigan State of Education’s endorsement of character education. If you are a 3rd or 4th grade teacher and would like to participate in this program in October please email Valerie Herr at