Music Lessons in Centerbrook, CT

After a spring and summer like no other, many of us cautiously look forward to soon going “back to school” or “back to work” or “back to a routine!” Music activities and performances, however, will necessarily remain constricted at public schools and other organizations. Amidst all the uncertainly, there’s one thing for sure: we’re ready to make music with you at Community Music School! We begin the fall semester Sept 2 with lots to be excited about! All instructors are available for private lessons via Zoom, and many are also offering in-person lessons. And, with thanks to The Clark Group and Centerbrook Properties LLC, the CMS String Ensemble and New Horizons Band will resume rehearsals (socially distanced, in large ventilated rooms) at the Centerbrook Meetinghouse. All of this, of course, comes with much planning and caution to ensure safety for all our musicians. You can read about our reopening/safety plans here. We look forward to welcoming you back: online, in East Lyme, or in Centerbrook (freshly painted, with new upstairs windows!)

–Dr. Richard Wyman, CMS Exec. Director

Private Lessons

Enroll now for private lessons with any of our outstanding faculty! Register by clicking here or “reply” to this email with your availability (and for new students: age, instrument, and level… and we’ll set you up with an instructor). Or call us at (860) 767-0026. We accept students of all ages and abilities!
Private lessons are available via Zoom with any of our faculty. Additionally, the following offer in-person lessons: 
Francesco Barone: guitar, ukulele, banjo, mandolin
Tom Briggs: piano, percussion
Cara Cheung: cello
Audrey Estelle: piano
Joni Gage: voice, piano
Martha Herrle: violin, viola
Paddy Hurley: trumpet
Corey Johnson: violin, viola
Marianna Kiss: Suzuki violin
Matt Massaro: piano
Matt McCauley: bass
Adam Myers: trombone, low brass
Patrice Newman: piano (in East Lyme)

Welcome New Faculty!

Cara Cheung, cello 
A native of Hong Kong, cellist Cara Cheung has performed across Asia, Europe and North America. She received her formal training at the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (Master’s Degree), and Hartt School of Music (Artist Diploma). Ms. Cheung performs with the Hartford and New Haven Symphony Orchestras. She is a faculty member at Eastern Connecticut State University, and teaches at CMS via Zoom or in-person on Monday and Thursdays.
Patrice Newman, piano
teaching at our East Lyme studio!
Patrice has performed at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as a winner of the Artists International competition, and recorded multiple CDs with ensembles such as the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) and The Providence Singers. She holds degrees from the Hartt School of Music and Boston University, and also studied at the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France, and the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, Austria. Having served on the piano faculty at Connecticut College since 2009, Patrice is a dedicated teacher of all ages, currently also on the music faculty at St. George’s School in Newport, RI. Patrice teaches via Zoom or at the CMS East Lyme studio on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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