Summer Session 2017: June 26 – Aug. 18


CMS offers a variety of summer music and arts programs for all ages! The 2017 Summer Session runs from June 26th  through August 18th. In addition to our state-licensed arts day camp  Kate’s Camp for Kids, we also offer private lessons,  Broadway Bound Musical Theater Experience,  Flute Ensemble, and Beginning Groups for Piano and Guitar.

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.

Private Lessons

Our 8-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.

30-minute lessons = $38 per lesson
45-minute lessons = $56.50 per lesson
60-minute lessons = $75 per lesson

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.

Please call to schedule private lessons: 860-767-0026


Kate’s Camp for Kids

July 10 – August 11; Ages 5 to 10, $285 per 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. Register here!


Broadway Bound Musical Theater Experience

Ages 8 to 15; $360 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 10-21: Broadway Bound East “The Lion King Jr.” directed by Shari Wilcox

July 24 – Aug 4: Broadway Bound West “The Addams Family young@part” directed by Joni Gage

Summer Groups and Ensembles

Drum Village with Marty Wirt

All ages, for beginners-no prior percussion experience necessary!

Tuesdays, 5:00-5:45pm, July 11-August 15 (6 weeks), $165 (includes a djembe drum!)
*at CMS East Lyme ~ 179 Flanders Road, Niantic (above the Kumon Center)

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 [optional] participate in a semester-end performance.

Flute Ensemble, “Tutti Flutie” with Cheryl Six

All ages, for intermediate/advanced students

Wednesdays, 5:00-6:15pm, June 21-August 9 (8 weeks), performance on August 9th, $125
*at CMS East Lyme ~ 179 Flanders Road, Niantic (above the Kumon Center)

A fun and challenging weekly ensemble experience that will help develop your sight-reading and listening skills, improve your intonation, and make you a better all-around flutist. Explore a variety of flute repertoire including folk, classical, TV/movie music, and jazz with a variety of quartets, trios and works for larger ensembles.

Summer Workshops

The Science of Sound with Christine Coyle

Ages 7-10, all skill levels!
Wednesday, August 10th, 1:30-4:00pm,$40 (includes materials and take home instrument)

We will have fun learning about the science of sound waves by doing  a variety of activities and experiments.   We play our instruments but do we know about sound waves?   How do we hear?  What is going on?  Let’s prove these waves even exist.  Tables are set up with one experiment on each table. To finish the class each student will make their own instrument to take home (Pan Flute)!