Summer Session 2018: June 25 – Aug. 17



CMS offers a variety of summer music and arts programs for all ages! The 2018 Summer Session runs from June 25th  through August 17th. 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. You can download the application here.

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 9 – August 10, 2018; Ages 5 to 10, $295 per week-long 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. Find out more and register here!


Broadway Bound Musical Theater Experience

Ages 8 to 15; $375 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. Find out more and register here!

July 9 – 20, 2018: Broadway Bound East “Mary Poppins” directed by Shari Wilcox

July 23 – Aug 3, 2018: Broadway Bound West “The Little Mermaid Jr.” directed by Joni Gage

Intensive Chamber Music Week for all instruments

July 23-27, 2018 5-7 pm; Ages 8 – adult, $125 per week-long session

Spend one week each late afternoon working in small groups to bring a chamber music work to performance level by Friday! The two hours will include private instruction on your part, group coaching, time to rehearse on your own, and master classes where you can perform and learn from each other.  The week will be topped off with a final performance at 7 pm on Friday! Chamber groups will be formed based on who signs up. Music will be supplied in advance.




2017 Summer Groups and Ensembles (2018 programs coming soon!)


Beginning Group Piano with Tom Briggs
Ages 7-12, for beginners
Monday-Thursday, July 10-13, 4:00-5:15pm, $125 (includes Alfred Beginning Group Piano Method book)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of basic music notation, finger technique, proper posture, counting and rhythms. Our fun, interactive approach uses our Yamaha 88 key digital pianos that feature 500 sounds. The last class is a group performance including a recap of the week. This is an excellent primer for the beginning piano student who may want to continue with private lessons.

CMS Drum Village with Marty Wirt

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

Tuesdays,  July 11-August 15 (6 weeks), 5:00-5:45pm, $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.

“Tutti Flutie” Flute Ensemble with Cheryl Six

All ages, for intermediate/advanced students

Wednesdays, June 21-August 9 (8 weeks), 5:00-6:15pm, 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.


2017 Summer Workshops (2018 coming soon!)


Drums & Percussion Workshop with Tom Briggs
Ages 10-17, all skill levels!
Tuesday, July 25th, 9:30am-2:00pm
, $75

This workshop will emphasize drum set covering techniques and musical styles such as rock, jazz, and latin. Hand techniques on snare drum, two and four mallets on vibraphone and marimba, world percussion instruments, reading drum music, and group performance will be included. Also an audio/visual presentation that features many of the great drum set artists past and present.

Introduction to Music Technology with Tom Briggs
Ages 10-18, all skill levels!
Tuesday, August 1st, 9:30am-12:30pm, $50

An introduction and overview of our digital age that covers all you need to get started with music technology. Explained in simple terms, this one-day workshop will cover the basics of music software programs, songwriting, music production, midi files, and music on the Internet. The three main programs demoed are: Audacity (recording/sequencing) Garageband (recording/production), and Sibelius (recording/notation). The presentation will be on a state of the art Apple computer. Taught with an interactive focus with lots of questions and answers, as well as fun musical examples. Music Technology assists the musician or composer to make or perform music; to compose, notate, play back or record songs or pieces; or to analyze or edit music in the digital age.

Jazz for the Beginning Student with Tom Briggs
Ages 11-17, for advanced beginners and up (some note reading & technical abilities required)
Tuesday, August 15th, 9:30am-12:30pm, $50

Open to all instrumentalists (including strings), this ensemble/workshop will cover the basics of jazz performance including note reading, jazz rhythm, harmony, scales, patterns, and creative improvisation. Musical examples will be tailored to each student’s proficiency level. The instructor will accompany students on piano. Intended for students new to jazz with no prior experience in this genre.

The Science of Sound with Christine Coyle
Ages 7-10, all skill levels!
Thursday, 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)!