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Summer Session 2019

CMS offers a variety of summer music and arts programs for all ages! The 2019 Summer Session runs from June 24th  through August 23rd. In addition to our state-licensed arts day camp  Kate’s Camp for Kids, we also offer private lessons,  Broadway Bound Musical Theater ExperienceBroadway Beginners Musical Theater Introduction, group lessons, workshops, ensembles 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 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: Schedule 4 for $144; 45-minute lesson 4-pack: Schedule 4 for $216. Senior citizen discount offered for students age 65+. There are NO REFUNDS and NO CREDITS for missed lessons and dates may not be rescheduled. 4-pack lessons must be scheduled for consecutive summer term weeks, at the same time each week, to receive the 4-pack price. Contact us to schedule private lessons!

Kate’s Camp for Kids directed by Martha Herrle

July 8 – August 9, 2019; Ages 5 to 10, $295 per week-long session

This state-licensed camp brings together professional teaching artists with one of the area’s leading providers of arts education – Community Music School – at the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.

Broadway Bound Musical Theater Experience

Ages 8 to 15; $375 per two-week session

This two-week program is for boys and girls ages 8-15 and gives your child the opportunity to experience every aspect of staging a musical with onstage and backstage roles for everyone – singing, dancing, acting, creating sets, and assembling costumes – all in just 10 days! These shows are abridged, fully-licensed presentations and over the past 13 years, CMS productions have included “Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Jr.,” “Cats,” “Seussical, Jr.,” and “Annie Jr.” among others. July 8 – 19, 2019: Broadway Bound East “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.” directed by Shari Wilcox July 22 – Aug 2, 2019: Broadway Bound West “Disney’s Camp Rock the Musical” directed by Joni Gage

Broadway Beginners  directed by Nicole Palmer

July 8-19, 2019, Mon-Fri,  9am-12pm; Ages 4-9, $190 per child, $335 for two children Westbrook High School, 156 McVeagh Road, Westbrook; Performance on July 19th

In partnership with Westbrook Parks & Recreation, Broadway Beginners presents “Seussical Kids”, a two-week summer musical theater experience for ages 4-8. Campers will learn the basics of acting, singing and dancing and the program culminates in a performance for friends and family!

An Introduction to the Suzuki Method with Francesco Barone

Two dates!
August 14, 2019, 3:30-5:00 pm
August 26, 2019, 5:30-7:00 pm
FREE! Contact us to register

What is the Suzuki method and why is it growing rapidly internationally? These workshops are designed to answer the whats and whys of the Suzuki method for prospective parents. The workshop will introduce the Suzuki method as well as share information about the Suzuki Association of the Americas and its offerings. Come learn about this unique teaching method and see if it’s a good fit for your family!

Adult Chamber Music Intensive with Christine Coyle

For strings, woodwinds and piano!
Monday-Saturday, August 5-10, 2019, 5:30-8:00 pm, $185

Join us for a one-week chamber music intensive, working in small groups to bring a chamber music work to performance level by the end of week! Each evening will include private instruction, group coaching, time to rehearse (together and on your own), and master classes where you can perform and learn from each other. The week will culminate in a final performance on Saturday evening for friends and family! Chamber groups will be formed based on who signs up and music will be supplied in advance.

“The Chamber Music “Intensive” was more intimate than intense. It was a wonderful round-robin of instrumentality with other aspiring musicians of varying skill and experience, but of universal encouragement and support. We made music and met friends.” -Kirk Carr, violin student again after a 55+ year hiatus

Beginning Group Piano with Tom Briggs

Monday-Thursday, July 8-11, 2019, 4:00-5:15 pm; Ages 7-12, $125 (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. The last class is a group performance including a recap of the week. 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.

Drum Village Workshop with Marty Wirt

Saturday, August 17, 2019, 1-3 pm
All ages, absolute beginners, $40

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! No instrument or prior percussion experience necessary!

First Notes Pop-Up Classes with Martha Herrle

Wednesdays, August 21 + 28, 2019, 9:30-10:15am
Ages 1.5-3 years, $10 each *Please register by August 14th!

Join us for these lively mornings of music with Miss Martha this summer! You and your child will enjoy quality time together in these engaging music classes!

Flute Ensemble with Helene Rosenblatt

Tuesdays, Dates TBD, 6:30-8:00pm, for adults and advanced high school students, $175 (9 weeks). ***Please call for more information.

A fun and challenging weekly ensemble experience that will develop your sight-reading and listening skills, improve your intonation, and make you a better all-around musician. Explore a variety of music from many periods and genres with an emphasis on developing a solid ‘ensemble’. Repertoire includes many styles of music. Arrangements may include Pop, Contemporary, Classical, Romantic, Jazz, New Age, Movie, Theater music as well as pieces composed for Flute Choir. Works from as early as 1400 up to 2019. Alto and bass flutes are welcome.

Introduction to Music Technology with Tom Briggs

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 9:30am-12:00pm, Ages 10-18, $40, all skill levels! 

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). The presentation will be on a state of the art Apple computer. 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 Band with Patricia Hurley for woodwinds, brass and percussion players (intermediate)

Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 9-August 1, 2019, 4:30-6 pm; Ages 12 – adult, $95 

This inter-generational ensemble will offer musicians of all ages the opportunity to improve their listening and technical skills by playing music of various genres.

Summer Ukulele Workshop for Beginners with Marty Wirt

Saturday, August 24, 2019, 1-3 pm, Ages 8 through adult, $45 w/book, $79 w/book & ukulele  ENROLL NOW>>

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!

Youth Cello Ensemble with Christine Coyle

Monday-Saturday, August 5-10, 2019, 4:00-5:15 pm, Ages 9+, $125 

A beautiful way to pass a summer afternoon! Explore the rich harmonies of the cello repertoire with multi-part arrangements.