Classes & Ensembles

Music Enrichment Classes

CMS offers a variety of classes and ensembles that are designed to encourage students to expand their music skills and knowledge. These classes and ensembles may be taken alone or in conjunction with private instrumental or vocal study. Students need not be enrolled in private study at CMS to participate in a class or ensemble.

2017-2018 Class Tuition: $138 for 45-minute classes unless otherwise noted.

  • Ensemble/Class Discount: 20% off the cost of ensembles/classes for students enrolled in private lessons
  • Registration is required. Contact the Registrar for more information or to register for a class or ensemble.


  • Ages 12+ – some music theory knowledge is recommended.
  • Instructor: Odessa Balan
  • Cost: $138/qtr

Students learn to compose original music focusing on melodic development, accompaniment, instrumentation and arrangement.

Don’t Know Much About Music History?
A Survey of Music Through the Ages – Middle Ages to Today
A chronological survey of western music history from the Middle Ages to today. Emphasis will be on musical terminology, style, vocal and instrumental genres, and major composers. This class is a lecture and listening format. High-school and adult students welcome. No prior musical knowledge necessary.
  • Thursdays 7:45-8:30pm with Ray Mallari
  • Quarter 3 & 4
  • Cost: $138/ qtr Pre-Registration Required: 610-489-3676 or

Intro to Guitar for Teens & Adults

  • Ages 13+
  • Quarter 3 – Mondays 8:15-9pm
  • Instructor: Edele DeWees
  • $138/qtr

This is a chance for adult students who always wanted to learn to play guitar to learn in a small, group environment. Learn to play chords, basic finger technique and more. No experience necessary. Student are require to bring their own instrument- classical, acoustic or electric with portable amp are all acceptable. Tuition: $133 per quarter. Space is limited – sign up today! Call 610.489.3676 or email


Intro to Guitar for Kids

  • Ages 7-12
  • Quarter 3 – Mondays 7:30-8:15pm
  • Instructor: Edele DeWees
  • $138/qtr

Learn the basic mechanics of guitar playing from posture and holding the instrument to how to get a good sound. Students learn basic techniques of guitar playing including how to use a pick and strumming patterns. Different methods for reading music is also introduced including reading guitar tab, chords and note reading. Students must bring their own guitar to class as well as a notebook and folder. Student are require to bring their own instrument- classical, acoustic or electric with portable amp are all acceptable. Tuition: $133 per quarter. Space is limited – sign up today! Call 610.489.3676 or email


Music Theory & Musicianship Classes

CMS provides music theory classes for the beginner to the advanced level student. Even though music theory is discussed to a certain degree in the student’s private lesson, taking a theory/musicianship class enables the student to increase their musical knowledge and allows the private teacher to devote valuable lesson time to repertoire and technique. Please ask the Registrar about taking a Music Theory Placement test. Please see the Music Theory & Musicanship page for details.


Percussion Club

  • Ages 10+
  • Quarter 2 – Wednesdays 7-7:45pm
  • Instructor: Jeff Ormsby
  • $138/qtr

Percussion Club is a hand drumming workshop and rhythmic theory class designed for students ages 10+ and all levels of ability! We will learn to play various drums, bells, and toys while gaining a better understanding of rhythmic notation, time signatures, and subdivisions. Whether you’ve never played an instrument before, or you’re looking to work on your rhythm, playing drums together is always fun! Space is limited – sign up today! Call 610.489.3676 or email



  • Ages 8-12
  • Quarter 3 Tuesdays 4:45-5:30pm
  • Instructor: Jennifer Abate Little
  • $138/qtr

For young students interested in voice study and improving their musicianship skills. Note reading, rhythm practice and pitch exploration are some of the topics covered. Students practice breathing and vocal exercises to emphasize proper breath support and vocal production. Students learn to apply these tools to repertoire appropriate for age and ability of the group. Space is limited – sign up today! Call 610.489.3676 or email


Suzuki POP! – The Paper Orchestra Program for Suzuki Beginners

  • Ages 4-7
  • Instructor: Ray Mallari
  • $50

Suzuki POP! (Paper Orchestra Program) is a 4-week workshops for children ages 4-7. During class, students will build a violin out of everyday household items, sing and move with their instrument through a variety of activities building musical skills, learn to watch, listen and follow a conductor and learn more about the Suzuki method of music learning. Suzuki POP! Students will be invited to participate in the Suzuki Academy group class on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 5:30pm. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Sign up today! Call 610.489.3676.

Suzuki What?! Suzuki Parent Education Class

Suzuki Parent Education Class for Current and Prospective parents. A Three-part session overview of the Suzuki method. A large part of the Suzuki triangle is the Suzuki parents! Parents participation contributed to the success their child’s Suzuki experience. More than fifty years ago, Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki realized the implications of the fact that children the world over learn to speak their native language with ease. He began to apply the basic principles of language acquisition to the learning of music, and called his method the mother-tongue approach. The ideas of parent responsibility, loving encouragement, constant repetition, etc., are some of the special features of the Suzuki approach.
  • Three-Part Session: Wednesdays at 6:00-6:45pm with Julienne Ikegami
  • Cost: $36 Pre-Registration Required: 610-489-3676 or

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