Building community through music since 1983!

About Us

From the top floor of Essex Town Hall in 1983  to our current location at Spencer’s Corner in the Centerbrook village of Essex with our new satellite location in East Lyme, CT, Community Music School has been in a constant state of forward and fluid motion. Patricia Hurley, the school’s founder, had a vision to enrich students’ lives with musical opportunities beyond the public school programs. Since its inception as a pilot program in the summer of 1980, the School has grown from five instructors teaching 40 students to 30 instructors teaching over 500 students of all ages.

Our doors officially opened as a non-profit organization in September 1983 and since then we have been dedicated to providing dynamic programs that cover a broad spectrum of musical interests – private and group lessons, instrumental and vocal ensembles, orchestras, music therapy, and summer programs, all covering a broad spectrum of musical interests. Each week, students from more than 25 area towns join us for music classes and private lessons.


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To enroll in music lessons in Essex or East Lyme, CT call Community Music School at 860-767-0026.