Music Lessons in Centerbrook, CT

Summer Session 2021

CMS offers a variety of summer music programs for a wide range of ages!  The 2021 Summer Session runs from June 21st  through August 20th. We offer private lessons (in-person on most instruments, or virtual on any instrument),  Broadway Bound Musical Theater Workshops (virtual and in-person editions), ensembles, workshops, and more.

Classes may be delayed or canceled if sufficient enrollment is not reached. Summer registration is accepted for accounts in good standing (paid in full or enrolled in a payment plan).

A limited number of scholarships are available in the summer on a first-come, first-served basis. You can download the application here.




Private Music Lessons

Our 9-week summer session offers flexible scheduling with no minimum or maximum number of lessons required. Lesson time slots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis and payment is due at the time of registration. Private lessons are offered for most instruments during summer session Current students are not obligated to enroll in the summer session. SUMMER TUITION: 30-minute lessons = $38 per lesson; 45-minute lessons = $57 per lesson; 60-minute lessons = $75 per lesson. SUMMER SAVINGS: 30-minute lesson 4-pack: $144; 45-minute lesson 4-pack: $216. Senior citizen discount offered for students age 65+. There are NO REFUNDS and NO CREDITS for missed lessons during the summer session and dates may not be rescheduled. Contact us to schedule private lessons!


Broadway Bound West

July 26-30, 2021, Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm; Ages 8-16, $225 Westbrook High School, 156 McVeagh Road, Westbrook
This one-week (morning) in-person program provides safe, in-person music theatre instruction, games, and fun. Led by accomplished music theatre directors Joni Gage and Anastasia Littlefield, students sing and choreograph pop songs, develop acting and music skills, and work on popular songs from stage and screen! A final presentation (Friday 7/30 at 11 am) shares the fun with family and friends. Following strict Covid safety protocols, this program at Westbrook High School alternates instruction and activities between outdoor and large indoor spaces (auditorium). Students are masked and distanced at all times.


Blues & Jazz Piano Workshop with Tom Briggs

Tuesdays, July 6, 13, and 20, 2021, 5:30-6:45 pm; in person at CMS Ages 12-adult, $120
For the basic to intermediate level piano student  who is interested in learning the jazz and blues style. Students should have "advanced beginner" music reading skills.  In-person (socially distanced) workshop in large room, with max 6 students.


Beginning Group Piano with Tom Briggs

Monday-Thursday, July 12-15, 2021, 4:00-5:15 pm; in-person at CMS Ages 7-12, $160 (includes book) 
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of basic music notation, finger technique, proper posture, counting and rhythms. Our fun, interactive approach uses our Yamaha 88 key digital pianos that feature 500 sounds. This is an excellent primer for the beginning piano student who may want to continue with private lessons. The Alfred Beginning Group Piano Method book will be used in this class and is included in the cost of tuition.  In-person (socially distanced) workshop in large room, with max 6 students.


Drum Village Workshop with Marty Wirt

Saturday, July 24, 2021, 10 am-12 pm; in person at CMS All ages, absolute beginners, $60
CMS Drum Village is an opportunity for all ages to participate in a hands-on percussion ensemble that explores musical traditions from around the world. Students will learn to coordinate intricate rhythmic patterns, build a sense of community, and try out this fun new program in a workshop setting! In-person (socially distanced) workshop in large room, with max 6 students.  No instrument or prior percussion experience necessary!


Introduction to Music Technology with Tom Briggs

Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 10:00 am-12:00 pm, virtual (via Zoom) Ages 10-18, $50, all skill levels!
This virtual workshop provides an introduction and overview of our digital age that covers all you need to get started with music technology. Explained in simple terms, this one-day workshop will cover the basics of music software programs, songwriting, music production, midi files, and music on the Internet. The three main programs demoed include Audacity (recording/sequencing) GarageBand (recording/production), Sibelius (recording/notation). Taught with an interactive focus, lots of questions and answers as well as fun musical examples. Music Technology assists the musician or composer to make or perform music; to compose, notate, playback or record songs or pieces; or to analyze or edit music in the digital age.


Summer Ukulele Workshop for Beginners with Marty Wirt

Saturday, July 24, 2021, 1-3 pm, in-person at CMS Ages 8 through adult, $65 w/book, $100 w/book & ukulele
Includes an overview of the instrument, tuning basics, fundamental chords and strumming, and an introduction to note reading using the Hal Leonard Ukulele Method Book 1 (book included with tuition). Suitable for complete beginners and lapsed players alike! In-person (socially distanced) workshop in large room, with max 6 students.

Want to Register or Need More Information?

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