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Our Mission Statement:

  • The mission of the Austin Peay State University Community School of the Arts is to provide arts education opportunities to Clarksville and its surrounding communities. Our program offers amazing hands-on learning and experience in all aspects of the creative arts. 

The Community School of the Arts at APSU offers:

  • Individual Music Instruction:  Individual lessons are offered for guitar, piano, voice, violin, cello and all brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Our teachers will help you fulfill your musical potential.
  • Music Ensembles: We offer group performance opportunities for vocalists and instrumentalists of all ages. Visit our Music page for more information.
  • Visual Arts:  Classes in ceramics, art for children and teens, watercolors, oils, and drawing. All classes are focused on giving you the tools necessary to enjoy your artistic interests.
  • Crafts: Flower arranging, jewelry making, and basket weaving.
  • Photography: Classes for adults and teens interested in digital photography. 
  • Dance: Unlock the power of movement and dramatic expression in our dance classes. The CSA is ready to help you explore your dance interests.
  • Theater: Do your children enjoy the limelight? We have classes for children and teens that are interested in exploring and furthering their interest in theater. These classes will give them an overall introduction to theater and acting in a fun and stimulating environment as well as various forms of stagecraft. 
  • Writing: Have you ever wanted to improve your writing? Would you like to create a great short story or memoir? Or even add illustrations? The CSA offers courses to help you hone your writing skills and move you to the next level. 
  • Digital Arts: Want to know more about using computers to meet your design needs? Ever wondered how to create a killer webpage, tweak your photos with Photoshop, or learn to blog? These courses are for you!
  • Foreign Language: Parlez vous Francais? If you took French and high school or just want to learn more about the language then our classes are for you. Learn the French language in a fun and inviting atmosphere. No conjugating verbs in this class. Learn through conversation and immersion. Classes offered to all ages. 

Policies and Instructions:

  • For more detailed information regarding our policies and instructions on how to register, Click Here.

Course/Instruction Locations:

  • Classes, camps, and private instruction take place on the campus of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, TN. 
  • The office for the Coordinator is located in the Clement building, Room 140 next to the Browning Business building on the campus of APSU. Please call or email for an appointment time. 

Nashville Symphony Student Ticket Subsidy:

  • Students enrolled in courses and lessons at the CSA are eligible for free tickets to select Nashville Symphony concerts. For more information, Click Here.

Contact Us:

  • Our phone number is (931) 221-7508.
  • Our email is
  • Coordinator's office is located in the Clement Building on the campus of APSU in room 140 (map provided below)
  • The Coordinator is available during the hours of 9:00am - 3:30pm, Mon-Fri. Please call or email to make an appointment.