Through the generosity of many friends of Community Music School, area organizations and businesses, and fundraisers held throughout the year, we are able to offer financial aid to students who require assistance.

CMS offers partial support through the CMS Scholarship Fund for students of any age and ability level with financial need, including preschoolers and adults. Most awards do not exceed 50% of tuition and are based on family income. We expect students who receive financial assistance to demonstrate strong motivation, good attendance, and commitment to lessons. Scholarships are available for private lessons and most groups and ensembles.

The CMS Scholarship Fund has a rolling deadline, however, funds are dispensed on a first come, first served basis while available. Download an application here or a Summer 2018 application here.

Donations to the CMS Scholarship Fund are tax-deductible for income tax purposes as provided by law. The School admits students and administers its educational and financial aid programs without regard to race, color, religious belief, age, sex, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic origin.

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.  An award in the amount of $150 will be awarded each Fall and each Spring for use toward participation in a Community Music School ensemble. There are no restrictions based on age or ability. Download an application here and submit by August 31, 2018 at 1 pm.

The Carolyn Greenleaf Memorial Music Award is a merit-based award open to high school students in voice or any instrument residing in Middlesex County or the Lymes. The scholarship is awarded to two students for the Fall Semester (September – January) and two students for the Spring Semester (January – June). The award provides a one-time 50% scholarship for a 17-week semester of 30-minute private lessons at the Community Music School, in either the Centerbrook or East Lyme locations.  Download an application here and submit by June 29, 2018 at 1 pm.

Previous Award Winners:

Spring 2018: Silvia Gopalakrishnan, flute
Spring 2018: Joel Quan, guitar
Fall 2017: Schuyler Dragoo, voice
Fall 2017: Caroline Wholean, piano
Spring 2017: Santiago Pacheco-O’Donnell, guitar
Fall 2016: Isabelle McDonald, piano
Spring 2016:
Melina Roise, piano
Fall 2015: Arnold Moore, violin
Spring 2015: Richard Pittsinger, piano/voice
Fall 2014: Libby Ryan, oboe
Spring 2014: Donald Dione, oboe
Fall 2013: Indigo Carlson, voice
Spring 2013: Jenna Wilson, violin
Fall 2012: Cathrina Kothman, flute
Spring 2012: Sarah McDonald, violin
Fall 2011: Megan Doran, flute
Spring 2011: Andrew Satterberg, voice
Fall 2010: Henry Apostoleris, saxophone
Spring 2010: Natalie Urban, voice
Fall 2009: Mike Cronin, voice
Spring 2009: Lee Wagoner, violin

The Musical Masterworks Scholarship Fund in Honor of Nancy Thomas award provides a one-time, 34-week academic year of 30-minute private lessons at the Community Music School at either the Centerbrook or East Lyme location.  Students in grades 6 through 8 who reside in Middlesex or New London County are eligible to apply.  The scholarship is awarded once per academic year.   Download an application and submit by June 29, 2018 at 1pm.

2017-18: Giovanna Parnoff, piano