Summer Programs

Summer Programs

CMS offers six weeks of private lessons and summer camps during July and August. Summer registration begins in May for current students and is open to new students beginning June 1st. Private lessons are billed at the prevailing rate. Please contact Karen Barrett, CMS Registrar about scheduling lessons and for information about teacher availability. Karen is available Monday-Friday after 3pm . Call 610-489-3676 or email

Private instrumental and vocal lessons are available July 8-August 14. Current CMS students may register for summer lessons beginning May 13th and new students beginning June 1st. Please contact our Registrar at 610-489-3676 Monday-Friday after 3pm to schedule lessons. (see website for faculty bios)

Registration for private summer lessons is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment for private summer lessons is due in full at time of registration. Any outstanding balances must be paid in full in order to register for summer lessons. Summer scheduling is flexible therefore; students should only sign up for lessons on dates they can attend. No refunds or make-ups will be given for missed summer lessons.


2014-15 Registration Form

2014-15 Faculty Summer Availability



Weeks 1,2,5 and 6, Thursdays 7-7:45pm

Violinists will benefit and enhance their technique by exploring the viola with it’s unique size, range and timbre. Extending familiarity into the viola will create orchestral and chamber opportunities. Classes will be in a group setting and include playing, listeningand familiarizing with repertoire for the viola. Shoulder rest is not included in rental.


Weeks 2-6, Wednesdays 6-7pm

Students can get a jump start on music theory studies by enrolling in this course. Starting with the basic concepts of music notation the class will cover treble and bass clef note reading, rhythmic notation, scale construction, ear training and more. Successful completion of this course may enable students to advance in levels of the ABRSM theory curriculum offered at CMS during the regular school year.

COMPOSITION – ABRSM Theory (Book 6 and above)

Weeks 2-6 Wednesdays 7-8pm

This class will provide a foundation for students interested in composing and will include instruction on how to compose for various instruments. The class will discuss compositional elements from the baroque through modern periods. Students will be encouraged to discover their own compositional style through writing assignments. Students are required to be at ABRSM level 6 or higher. Performance of compositions is encouraged!




June 23rd-27th Half Day Camp 9am-12pm

Students ages 6-10 will have the opportunity to see, hear and play the instruments of a typical band/orchestra program as well as learn about and experience the beginning steps of each instrument. The day will be broken into segments that include demonstrations of each instrument, hands-on time and activities/crafts.


July 7th-11th Full Day Camp 9am-4pm

A fun, week-long, interactive, summer day-camp program that encourages enthusiastic young musicians to explore and expand their interests in jazz and rock. The camp is open to students from early intermediate to advanced ability levels. Students will develop their “chops” through participation in a small combo, as well as the big band, comprised of all camp participants. Other activities include workshops on the history of jazz and rock, technical study, chart-reading and composition. Camp free-time can be spent playing games outdoors or indoors, reading or even … practicing!


July 12th,13th 1pm-5pm , July 14th-18th 9am-5pm

This inspirational, rewarding and challenging chamber music camp provides an opportunity for students ages 10-18 to perform chamber music. Students will develop the confidence needed to be solely responsible for performing their own part without the help of a conductor. Students will be placed in an ensemble of 3 to 6 players. At camp, students learn not only musical expression and technique, but also focused listening, responsibility, leadership, and cooperation—critical skills involved in chamber music. Students will spend three to four hours of each camp day playing their instrument. For non CMS students, a placement audition will be scheduled.

The daily schedule includes warm-up and technique class, ensemble rehearsals, orchestra rehearsal, Master classes and daily music enrichment activities. Students will have at least two performance opportunities during camp.


Full Day Camp 9am-4pm

Students ages 10-18
Musical theatre is a fun and exciting opportunity for students to learn about vocal technique, movement and choreography and acting skills. During this two week camp students will attend classes and rehearsals with CMS faculty and guest teachers as we work on casting, staging and rehearsing for a showcase performance on the final day of camp for camper’s family and friends.


Half Day 9am-1pm or Full Day 9am-4pm

Preludes Piano Camp is a day camp program for piano students ages 8-18. Students should have completed Level 2 in the Faber & Faber, Alfred, or John Thompson method books, or their equivalent (Aaron method book Level 1 book is also acceptable). Students will have an opportunity for cooperative music-making and social interaction with other piano students of similar skill and ages. Students will also study music theory and aural skills, music history and listening, jazz improvisation and accompaniment skills depending on age and ability.

VIVACE STRINGS CAMP—August 11th-15th

Half Day Camp 9am-1pm or Full Day Camp 9am-4pm

Vivace Strings Camp is a day camp program for string students ages 6-16 years. Vivace strives to help students discover and develop musical artistry. The theme for this year is “Rockin’ Rhythms” . Vivace camp includes activities for junior level campers in Suzuki books 1-4 or their equivalent and senior level campers in Suzuki books 5 & 6 or their equivalent. Senior level campers must enroll in the full day program.

Activities include technique class, music enrichment workshops, Master classes, solo time, chamber ensembles and more. There is also free time built into the schedule each day so that students can spend time outside or inside playing games, reading or playing more music!

MILESTONES IN MUSIC—for children ages 3months to 7 years

Milestones in Music will introduce your child to a musical world filled with singing, imitating sounds, rhyming, sound identification, instrument exploration and creative movement. We will pair music with expressive language, storytelling, peer interaction, movement and pretend play for a enjoyable musical experience. We believe that music education should be a fun and joyful experience for children.

Preschool Class Ages 3-4.5 years

Wednesdays 9:30am

Toddler Class Ages 1.5-3 years

Wednesdays 10:30am

Instrument Camp Ages 4.5-7.5

Wednesdays 6pm

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