Music Lessons in Centerbrook, CT

CMS Flute Student Accepted to Prestigious Arts Boarding Academy

Congratulations to CMS flute student Ava Gilbert, who was accepted as a sophomore flute major into Interlochen Arts Academy, a world-renowned arts boarding school located in Michigan! This big decision was inspired by her summer camp experiences at the New England Music Camp in Maine and most recently at Interlochen’s own Arts Summer Camp, where … Continue reading “CMS Flute Student Accepted to Prestigious Arts Boarding Academy”



What I Did on My Summer Vacation

“What I Did on My Summer Vacation” by Rita Christopher I like to say amusing things, but the funniest thing I said this summer was totally serious, completely unexaggerated and guaranteed to get, if not an outright laugh, at least a bemused guffaw. What could be so funny? It was just a simple declarative sentence: … Continue reading “What I Did on My Summer Vacation”



Back to School

Dear Friends, School’s back in session! It’s exciting to see everyone begin “new adventures” this month. Here at Community Music School, we’ve begun a new semester of lessons and ensembles. The daily buzz of private lesson students of all ages flowing in and out of the school has been energizing! The String Ensemble has begun its … Continue reading “Back to School”



Learning the Language

The BEST WAY to learn music?  Study with a good teacher (like the professionals at Community Music School) AND attend/listen to good concerts!   A few years ago, I served as a judge for a state’s High School band festival (somewhere else-I’ll withhold the name of the state). Band after band played, and I was to provide … Continue reading “Learning the Language”



Musical Heroes Part 2

In the last newsletter, I wrote about my musical heroes; professionals and students who dedicate themselves to music. Every one of these musician’s development has been nurtured by a special brand of musical hero: a teacher! These teachers, accomplished musicians themselves, dedicate themselves to helping others realize their potentials in music and life. Aspiring music … Continue reading “Musical Heroes Part 2”



Thank you!

Dear CMS Friends, Now that the Community Music School is well underway with its fall semester, we write to THANK YOU for your support, especially during these past 7 months!  With your help we’ve sustained our beloved school through a challenging summer, and in September, re-opened our doors for in-person learning (in addition to our … Continue reading “Thank you!”



Finding the Groove

There’s a saying when playing music (or navigating life) about trying to “find the groove.” Musicians in an ensemble work to synchronize with those around them, which is more difficult when the  drummer doesn’t play with a steady beat, or plays crazy “hits.” Finding the groove in life seems more difficult when there’s a pandemic creating … Continue reading “Finding the Groove”



Musical Heroes

Ever since I was a kid studying saxophone, I’ve had musical heroes; at first, excellent saxophonists whom I’d seek to model, then composers, conductors, and eventually (as I learned to understand more and more about music) excellent performers of all types. I’ve admired those who’ve dedicated their lives to the hard work and sacrifice required … Continue reading “Musical Heroes”



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