Clarinet Technique Intensive with Master Clarinetist Ken Lagace

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 10am-4pm


Clarinet intensive with Ken Lagace on Oct 29

Master clarinetist Ken Lagace will lead a full day of workshops focusing on intermediate/advanced level clarinet technique on a wide range of topics, designed to take your playing to the next level.  The morning session will include in-depth information on clarinet reeds, including how to select them, maintain them, fix them, properly play them, and even how to make them! The afternoon session will provide an introduction to Ken’s signature REALM method, which stands for Reed, Embouchure, Air, Ligature, and Mouthpiece.  This method teaches players to achieve an excellent sound with flexibility, range, control, and many other aspects of good clarinet performance.  Each session will be followed by a chance for the participants to experiment with their newly learned skills. During the final session, participants will be broken into two or more groups where they can apply their new techniques in a chamber ensemble setting, with feedback from Ken and other clarinet instructors.

Workshop Schedule:

  • 9:45am Check-in (pre-registration required)
  • 10am Clarinet Reeds Workshop
  • 11:30am Technique Application
  • 12pm Lunch (provided)
  • 1pm Introduction to the REALM Method
  • 2:30pm Technique Application
  • 3pm Ensemble Playing Session

COST: $95 (Includes lunch and full day of workshops)

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About Ken Lagace

Mr. Lagace received his Bachelor of Music degree at Hartt College of Music (CT) in 1960.  He studied with Keith Wilson at Yale in 1955, Bernard Portnoy in New York City from 1958 to 1960.  He served as a member of the US Coast Guard Band and studied with Kalmen Opperman in New York City from 1962 to 1966. He instructed at the Hartt College of Music (CT) from 1966 to 1987. Under the tutelage of Kalmen Opperman, Mr. Lagace learned to make his own reeds and reface clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces which has become a skill he willingly shares with his peers. He was a member of the Hartford (CT) Symphony Orchestra from 1966 to 1987 playing Assistant Principal Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Eb Clarinet. He was Principal Clarinetist in the Hartford (CT) Chamber Orchestra from its inception until 1987.  His performances include many on TV and Radio, and at Lincoln Center (NYC) and Carnegie Hall (NYC) with the Hartford Symphony.  He also made a CD recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Hartford (CT) Chamber Orchestra in 1976.  In 1987 Mr. Lagace abandoned the clarinet to program computers and in 2008 after retiring, dusted off the clarinet and is enjoying being back in the clarinet world again.

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East Lyme Satellite Building

New Satellite Studio in East Lyme!

East Lyme Satellite Building

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve expanded our programming to a satellite location in East Lyme!  The new site offers private instruction in a variety of instruments for students of all ages, as well as several beginner group classes, chamber music ensembles, music therapy, and our popular Kindermusik program for babies and toddlers.  The satellite site is located in a beautiful new building with easy access and ample parking at 179 Flanders Road in East Lyme, on the second floor of the Kumon Center.  Call our office at (860)767-0026 to register for lessons!

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Priority Registration for Fall Semester

The Fall 2017 Semester begins on Wednesday, September 6th and the Priority Registration period offered to current students wishing to continue is now open. Please review the information on the renewal form(s) that were mailed to you to confirm your time slot for next semester or to request a change in time, lesson length, or instructor. Returning students have priority when the applicable form and $125 deposit (per student) are received by August 14th. Please have your current account paid in full before registering for the Fall Semester. After August 14th, registration will open to new students and time slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Current students  wishing to keep their previous time slot may pre-register for the next semester by paying the $125 deposit online  by  August 14th (see below).


*Your online payment signifies that you agree to the terms outlined in the CMS Media Release Policy  and in the 2017-18 Policy Handbook.

Returning Students may register for the Fall 2017 semester here:

Student Name & Date of Birth

Invoices will be mailed to confirm your time slot and will include any discounts or lesson credits from the previous session. The Fall Semester tuition balance is due on or before the first lesson day unless arrangements have been made to participate in one of our payment plans. CMS offers financial scholarships for students of any age and ability level who demonstrate strong motivation and a commitment to lessons. The CMS Scholarship Application is available here or from the Business Office.

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Fall 2017 Calendar


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SEP 6  – Fall 2017 Semester Begins

SEP 11-15  – CMS Preview Week!

OCT 9  – Columbus Day, CMS OPEN

OCT 21 – Mock Audition Day

NOV 4  – Mid-Semester Recital

NOV 12 – CMS Faculty Concert

NOV 22-25 – Thanksgiving Holiday CMS CLOSED

DEC 3 –  Holiday Concert

DEC 23-JAN 1 – Holiday Break, CMS CLOSED

JAN 13, 14, 20, 21  – Fall Semester Recitals


JAN 29  – Spring Semester Begins


Business Office Hours:

Mon – Thurs: 9 a.m. to  7 p.m.

Fri: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


*Last day of lessons varies depending on makeup lessons due – please check with your instructor.

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Christopher J. Herrle Scholarship for Ensemble Participation

Emily McDougall performs a duet with instructor Russ Becker

Emily McDougall performs a duet with instructor Russ Becker

The Christopher J. Herrle Scholarship for Ensemble Participation was established through the overwhelming generosity of many members of Sinfonia and String Ensemble and friends of Community Music School. The scholarship is not based on financial need or merit, rather on one’s passion for music. Christopher greatly enjoyed playing music and the camaraderie shared with friends when getting together for jam sessions. This opportunity exists to encourage others to be a part of and experience the inspiring process of making music within a group.

The next application deadline for the Herrle Scholarship is August 25th by 5 pm.

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