Gift Certificates

Give the Gift of Music


From private lessons to group classes to performance ensembles, a CMS gift certificate is the perfect gift for anyone on your list. You’ll be giving more than just music lessons — it’s a life-changing experience that will leave them grateful to you for years to come.

Gift certificates can be purchased in any amount, for any program, and never expire. We can mail the certificate to you or the recipient, or even email it to them directly! Make your purchase securely below, or call the office at 860-767-0026 to speak with our friendly staff.

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Giovanna Parnoff

Giovanna Parnoff Awarded Inaugural Thomas Scholarship

Musical Masterworks and Community Music School are pleased to announce the recipient of the first Musical Masterworks Scholarship in Honor of Nancy D. Thomas!

Giovanna Parnoff, already an accomplished pianist and exceptional sixth-grade student from Old Lyme, was presented with the scholarship by Alden Murphy, President of Musical Masterworks and Abigail Nickell, Executive Director of Community Music School. “We are so pleased to honor Nancy’s memory with an award to one of her very own students, in partnership with another of her most beloved arts organizations.’ said Abigail.  Nancy Thomas was a devoted staff member of Musical Masterworks for nearly 25 years.   “It is particularly fortuitous that Giovanna, as a life-long student of Nancy Thomas, is the first winner of this scholarship; we couldn’t be more pleased,” remarked Alden.

Giovanna has attended The Community Music School since she was six months old. She discovered her love of music through Kindermusik and Kate’s Camp programs and eventually started individual piano instruction under the tutelage of Nancy Thomas at the age of 3.

She has received perfect scores at the New London Piano Festival organized by the Middlesex/New London Chapter of the Connecticut State Music Teacher’s Association. Giovanna is a member of Mensa and Intertel, two high IQ societies and was recently inducted into the Junior Mensa Honor Society for her academic performance, leadership skills, and volunteerism/community service. Giovanna has been accepted into Duke University’s Talent Identification Program, Stanford University’s Gifted and Talented Program, and Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. She is a competitive foil fencer and has been coached for 6 years by the Fencer’s School of CT.

Giovanna is an award- winning poet, having seen her work published in “The Mensa Bulletin” and “The Young American Poetry Digest”.  She lives in Old Lyme with her parents, Dr. John Parnoff and Ms. Monique Heller, and her younger sister, Mattea, who is also a piano student at The Community Music School.

The Musical Masterworks Scholarship in Honor of Nancy D. Thomas provides the tuition for a middle school student to take music lessons, 30 minutes each, for one full year at Community Music School.  The scholarship will be awarded annually for the next four years.  To be eligible, the candidate must be a student of classical voice or instrumental music and reside in Middlesex County or New London County.

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Priority Registration for Spring Semester

The Spring 2018 Semester begins on Monday, January 29th 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 December 22nd. Please have your current account paid in full before registering for the Spring Semester. After December 22nd, 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  December 22nd (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 Spring 2018 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 Spring 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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Save the date for 2018 CMS Gala

Save the date for an elegant celebration!

Cocktail jazz and exquisite dinner show performed by CMS faculty!
Gourmet food, dancing, silent auction, fine wines and more!

Supporters of the CMS Gala will ensure that the arts remain accessible to all with proceeds benefiting the CMS Scholarship Fund, music therapy services, and outreach in the greater community. 

Check back soon for more info and to purchase tickets!

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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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