Visible Community Music School

Affordable and Accessible Music Instruction Visible Community School is a branch of Visible Music College that focuses on providing Memphis access to excellent music education regardless of finances or location.

VCMS offers both private lessons and classes in the following disciplines: Vocals, Keyboard, Guitar, Violin, Bass, Drums, Songwriting, and Music Production

Operating as usual

VCMS at it again. Training and equipping the next generation.

We enjoy what we do. Serving the city of Memphis is our passion and we are glad we get to do that with joy. Teaching our BCA students music every Wednesday is a blessing!

[02/26/19]   Come see us at our booth at the Together We Love Christian Music Awards tonight at Visible Music College.

Meet one of our newest Vocal Instructors Karissa Walhof


My name is Karissa Walhof and I am from Northwest Iowa. I am currently studying worship leadership at Visible Music College. I have a deep passion for music. I sing and play both the violin and the guitar. I love to share what I know with others as well as continue to learn myself. I'm excited to be a part of VCMS this year in order to develop relationships with the kids and teach them some valuable life skills.

VCMS Spring 2019

[02/05/19]   Another semester has began! We are excited to work with our kids.
Be on the lookout for our upcoming event on May 10th.

Meet our 'Drum' Lead Instructor: Ryan Peel!

Ryan is a drummer/songwriter/producer who has recorded with artists such as Brennan Villines, Travis Roman, Alex Kramer and Webbstar. In addition to his studio work, Peel has toured internationally with Cody Simpson, Cassio Monroe, and Big Smo.

Peel has been a Dream Cymbals artist since 2014.

We are excited and blessed to have Ryan on our team to train and equip young musicians in Memphis to become the best they can be in society!

Meet Nicole Benson: Drum instructor and camp personnel.

Nicole has been teaching Drums with VCMS since Fall 2017. She is originally from the Eastern Shore, Maryland and came with her husband Heath to Memphis to pursue her Degree in modern music-Drums at Visible Music College. Nicole is currently a sophomore at Visible Music
College. She is broadening her music horizon by learning bass and enrolling in vocal lessons.
Mrs. Benson comes with many years of experience working with kids. She has a great personality and adores children!

Meet our Director: Carter Threlkeld.

Carter graduated from University of Michigan with a music education degree. He is the Founder of the Bellevue Baptist Church, Instrumental Music program- [school of music and orchestra]. He is also the Founder of the Joseph ministry to Shelby county’s juvenile inmates. Mr. Threlkeld is a trumpet teacher and clinician. In addition to his musical experiences and achievements, he serves as the Worship Pastor at Leawood East Baptist Church in Memphis, TN.

Our children will be performing.
Come out and enjoy Too Much Christmas!

Visible Community Music School.
Teaching the Binghampton Christian Academy students.

Contact us for lessons on voice, drums, keyboard and guitar. Call (901) 381-3939 ext. 220 or call Carter, director of VCMS on (901) 258-282.

[09/09/18]   Music lessons in the core of Memphis any day any time with college student teachers who know music, love kids and work hard at being inspirational musician leaders. Email [email protected] or call 901.381.3939.

Preparing for a new school year - get your music lessons going!

Visible Music College

Elementary and Middle School summer camps running all June @ our Memphis campus. Scholarships still available! Sign up

Visible Music College

Earn professional credentials while working a day job! In just nine months, earn one of three faith-based music certificates from Visible Music College. You’ll gain skills and knowledge to further your career or help you land in real positions in the music industry and the church, all while experiencing Visible’s unique, Christian artist community.

Learn more about our certificate program at

Visible Music College

This Thursday! Visible Worship is releasing their album via Madison Line Records, and we invite you to join us for a night of music and community! See you at 6:30 at our Memphis campus, 200 Madison Ave. This event is free and open to the public.

See yourself. See God. Be Visible.

VCMS Camp Session 1: Fieldtrip to the Redbirds vs Sky Sox game. The kids enjoyed the rain cool down as much as the game!

VCMS Camp Session 1

Summer lessons at Streets Ministries. The kids are really enjoying instrument and production lessons.

Today at Streets Ministries!!!

visible | summer music camp

Join us for a few weeks in June for our Summer Music Camp! Register today! summer music camp

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This family-friendly event will include local vendors and pop up shops, food trucks, games, prizes, a photo booth, displays to honor Visible Music College senior class of 2017, activities and of course, live music! Three live stages that will include Visible Music College students and alumni, VCMS students and a few local artist of Memphis. We hope to see you there! $10 Admission - Children 12 and under free. You're invited to Visible in May - Click here to RSVP

Visible in May will take place May 12, 2017 from 4:30pm to 9:30pm at 200 Madison Avenue, Memphis, Tn 38018. This family-friendly event will include local vendors and pop up shops, food trucks, games, prizes, a photo booth, displays from Visible Music College senior class of 2017, activities and of course, live music! Three live stages that will include Visible Music College students and alumni, VCMS students and a few local artist of Memphis! We hope to see you there!

VCMS is excited to announce their Summer Music Camps! Spaces are limited so register today! Visit our web page for more info!

December Newsletter The Kroger Community Rewards program is an ideal way to support VCMS. The program allocates funds to participating organizations based on the purchases that registered members, family and friends of the organization have made at Kroger using their Kroger Plus card.  Each family should enroll their K...

VCMS November Newsletter This year we will kick off our first annual Friends and Family month! Throughout the month of November feel free to invite a friend to your private or group lesson. Not only will they experience how fun learning music can be, but it could also earn you some money! Receive half off your next month wh...

[01/04/17]   We hope everyone enjoyed their holiday season! We are excited to be back and are getting ready for the next semester! Registration is open and lessons start January 9th!!!

BCA Song performance 12/6/16

BCA Song performance 12/6/16

We're so proud of our students at BCA for the amazing job they've done this semester! Thanks to all of the teachers who volunteered their time to work with these kids!

Memphis Music Initiative

We're proud to provide grant funding and support to a long list of fantastic Memphis nonprofits engaging young people through music. If you're considering making a gift or two on this #GivingTuesday, we hope you'll think about how far your dollar could go for an organization doing great work right here in your community!


Happy Monday! We are now signing up for Spring Lessons! Register your child now for affordable and accessible music instructions held at either our Crosstown or Downtown campuses. For more information, check out our website at:

Visible Music College takes 'Everyday Star' Christmas concert on tour Twenty years ago, when he was a member of the best-selling Christian rock group Skillet, Ken Steorts was used to the touring life — day after day of hauling gear to a new city every night, setting up, playing, packing up, and then heading to the next

Everyday Star - A Visible Christmas Concert "Everyday Star" kicks off the annual Christmas concert tour of students, staff and friends of Visible Music College. New music as well as timeless classics with a twist. Always a great night out celebrating the reason for the season! Pick up your ticket compliments of Visible Music College at the fo...

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200 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN

General information

Visible Community Music School believes everyone should have access to the joy of making music. It may seem simple, but access is a significant barrier in many communities, and VCMS aims to eliminate that barrier in Memphis. Run by students and alumni of Visible Music College, VCMS offers private lessons, community/group lessons and after-school classroom programs at affordable rates subsidized by grants from ArtsMemphis and generous private donors. VCMS is staffed by ethical, professional and caring college-level music teachers. Visible Community Music School believes this is more than just a guitar lesson. Or an hour spent playing the piano, or singing scales. The goal is to establish relationships with students, connect and mentor. Visible Community Music School believes that music can move Memphis forward. In its new space adjacent to the Sears Crosstown Building, VCMS is demonstrating its commitment to Memphis, to investing and improving. The space features a performance stage as well as individual classroom suites, and positions the school and its students as the soundtrack to the revitalization of an iconic neighborhood.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
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