Community Music School
Ages: 0 and up
Cost: Private lessons start at $33 per lesson, or $594 per semester (30-minutes weekly); performing ensemble group classes start at $216 per semester, $45 annual family registration, and financial aid is available.
Parking: Yes - Free Parking Lot
Features: Enroll at any time, Performance opportunities , Pop, Jazz, Rock, Classical, All ages/abilities welcome, Multiple locations
Community Music School (CMS) – Lehigh Valley & Berks is a non-profit charitable organization which provides the inspiration and opportunity for anyone in our diverse community to achieve excellence in music education and appreciate the transformative power of music.
Studying music improves language development, increases spatial awareness, and enhances skills in reading, math, and other subjects.
CMS’s professional faculty are performing musicians who provide high-quality private music lessons to students of all ages and in nearly every instrument and voice. CMS also provides several performing ensembles; as well as extensive, tuition-free outreach programs that bring music to students in under-served, high-poverty schools.
Private lessons are available in Bass, Cello, Clarinet, Composition, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Harmonica, Oboe, Percussion/Drums, Piano, Recorder, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Viola, Violin, and Voice. Lessons are available in 30-minute, 45-minute, and 60-minute weekly sessions year-round. Piano, violin, and ukulele are well suited for very young students. Financial aid and merit-based scholarships are available.
Group Classes – NEW!
Kindermusik - We are very excited to bring Kindermusik back to CMS! Kindermusik, a music and movement program designed for children ages 0-5, focuses on the development of the whole child and builds the skills children need to be successful in both school and life. Four-week sessions on Wednesday mornings beginning September 12, 2018 – May 15, 2019.
Level 1: 0-24 months (with caregiver)
Level 2: 24-36 months (with caregiver)
$67 per 4-week session, includes take-home materials. Financial aid available, apply here.
Modern Band - Join the band! Modern Band teaches kids to perform, improvise and compose using popular music that they know and love including rock, pop, Latin, reggae, hip hop, R & B, and other modern styles. No experience needed. CMS provides all instruments. Modern Band classes feature guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, vocals, ukulele, bucket drums, and more! Weekly rehearsals, numerous free performance opportunities.
Middle School (6-8 grade)... Mondays 3:00pm
Fall/Spring $180 per semester, Financial aid available, apply here.
Performing Ensembles include the CMS Silver Winds Flute Choir, Dixieland Jazz Band, and Saxophone Ensemble. These group classes and performance offer intermediate to advanced students of all ages the opportunity to expand their collaborative skills as they progress through private lessons. An audition is required.
Locations/Hours - CMS offers lessons in the afternoon and evening hours Monday-Friday at our new location at 1544 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown. Lessons are also offered at Penn State Lehigh Valley (Center Valley), Moravian Academy Middle School (Bethlehem) afterschool for Moravian students, and in Reading at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts.
Summer Lessons - Registration for private lessons this summer begins May 1, and our flexible Summer Session runs from Monday, June 17, 2019 to Thursday, August 22, 2019. Not sure if your child is ready for a full semester? Try out a few lessons this summer! 30-minute lessons start at $33 per lesson + $45 registration.
City Arts Camp - Is your child age 7-11 and interested in music, art, dance, and drama? Ask about our City Arts Camp during the week of June 24-28, 2019 in Downtown Allentown.
From our Students:
“I like CMS because the teachers are extremely relatable and helpful with many aspects of lessons. Everyone is very nice and I love being involved with the organization! CMS also gives me the chance to play in groups, which I love, and there are also many opportunities for performances. CMS has made all these things affordable for my family.”
Quinn C. flute, bass, jazz ensemble