Building community through music since 1983

Community Music School is the shoreline’s premier place for music lessons and much more! Founded as a non-profit arts organization in the Centerbrook village of Essex, CMS has provided outstanding and innovative music instruction for students of all ages since 1983. We offer the award-winning Kindermusik early childhood program, beginner and advanced lessons, performing ensembles for a variety of instruments, music therapy services, summer camp, and arts programs for schools and community organizations.

Happenings at Community Music School

FREE Kindermusik Preview Day on Jan. 27th!


Join us and meet Miss Martha!


Photos from the Annual Holiday Concert


Dec 7, 2 pm, Valley Regional High School


CMS Champions Celebrated


Essex Financial Services and Essex Savings Bank Help Salute Champions


34th Annual Scholarships in the Arts


Applications due December 18th


Christopher J. Herrle Scholarship for Ensemble Participation

emily and russ

Emily McDougall, clarinet, is Fall 2014 award recipient


Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Music Award

Libby Ryan

Libby Ryan, oboe, Fall 2014 award recipient


2014-2015 Brochure


Download our latest program brochure.


Watch the 2013 CMS Faculty Concert!

CMS Faculty

Performances from the November 10, 2013 concert.


Community Foundation Supports CMS!


Grant awarded to support music therapy


CMS Receives CT Office of the Arts Grant


Funds to support programs and performances


Private Music Lessons • Semi-Private Lessons • Group Classes • Suzuki Method • Music Therapy • Music Theory & Performance • Kindermusik • New Horizons Band • Glee for Grownups • Summer Camp • Jazz Ensemble • String Ensemble • Cabaret Singers • Guitar Ensemble • Flute Ensemble • Performing Ensemble • School-time & Community Center Programs • Beginner Piano • Beginner Violin • Jazz Improv • Singing Groups • Beginner Guitar • Workshops • Homeschool Program

Serving Centerbrook • Chester • Clinton • Deep River • East Haddam • East Lyme • Groton • Guilford • Haddam • Hadlyme • Hebron • Higganum • Ivoryton • Killingworth • Lyme • Madison • Middletown • Moodus • Niantic • Old Lyme • Old Saybrook • Waterford • Westbrook

The Community Music School, Inc. is a tax-exempt 501(c) (3) organization as recognized by both State and Federal governments. The school admits students and administers its educational and financial aid programs without regard to race, color, religious belief, age, gender, nationality or ethnic origin. The Community Music School is an equal opportunity employer.