Community Music School
Ages: 5 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 at all locations (Downtown Allentown – garage parking 2 hours free on non-event nights in the Transportation Center Parking Deck)
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.
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 Autoharp, Bass, Cello, Clarinet, Composition, Dulcimer, Euphonium, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, 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.
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 in downtown Allentown at Miller Symphony Hall (23 N. 6th Street, Allentown), but we will be moving in summer 2018 to a new location at 1544 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 18, 2018 to Thursday, August 23, 2018. 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 25-29, 2018 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