Private Lessons

Community Music School offers individual instrumental and vocal lessons for beginner through advanced level students at our facility in Trappe, PA. All lessons are taught by our professional staff of Teaching Artists. CMS students have the added benefit of frequent recitals, rehearsals with a professional accompanist, access to our music library, free admission to professional concerts and Masterclasses all included in lesson tuition. CMS students are also eligible for discounts on multiple lessons and classes.

Enrollment is rolling. New students may register for lessons at any time.

We are planning to operate a hybrid-model of instruction for our Fall semester. We will reopen our on-site location for individual lessons on the first day of our Fall quarter (Monday, August 31st). Due to the intimate nature of instrumental leaning, we plan to have a phased reopening based on instrument. We will first welcome back Piano, Strings and Percussion on-site with the exception of 6 instructors:

  • Irene Bernstein
  • Hsiao-Ming Chen
  • Will Currier
  • Ryan Leaver
  • Manijeh Pickard
  • Lorenzo Rava

Private Instrumental & Vocal Lessons

* Suzuki Instruction Available
+ Adapted Lessons Available

General Music Instruction

This program is most suited for beginning level students (up to two years of study) or for adult students. Advancing students may consider enrolling in one of CMS’s certificate programs.

Tuition is billed on a quarterly basis with 9 to 10-lessons in each quarter September through June. There is a 5-week summer session offered as well. Students may enroll at any time during a quarter and will be pro-rated for the remaining lessons in that particular quarter.

Tuition for students enrolled in the General Instruction Program includes:

  • Weekly private lessons
  • Rehearsals and performances with a professional accompanist
  • Student recitals
  • Access to the CMS music library
  • Written progress report at the end of the year
  • 20% discount on any additional class/ensemble

2020-2021 Lesson Rates:

30-minute lesson

45-minute lesson

60-minute lesson









Lesson Discounts:

  • Multiple Lessons Discount: First lesson is billed at the regular/Master rate and each additional private lesson receives a 5% discount (discount is taken off the lesser priced lesson).
  • Other discounts apply for siblings, ensembles, music theory- please contact Registrar for details

The Interview Lesson

New students are encouraged to sign up for an interview lessons with a CMS teacher. During the 30-minute interview lesson students and parents will have a chance to meet the instructor, ask questions and get a sense of what will take place in lessons each week. The cost for a 30-minute interview lesson is billed at the prevailing rate. Contact our Registrar to set up an interview lesson today: or (610) 489-3676

Instrument Information

Instrument Rentals

CMS has a limited supply of rental instruments with availability on a first-come-first-serve basis. Students are responsible for maintenance of instruments (e.g., string and reed replacement, cleaning) and any repair costs due to damage. Rental fees vary. Please inquire at the front desk or contact for availability and pricing.

Piano/Keyboard Requirements & Recommendations

The CMS piano faculty recommends that piano students have regular access to a standard acoustic piano, one that is well maintained and tuned regularly. CMS often receives notice of pianos for sale in the area. Families can check the bulletin boards in the lobby areas for notices. For families of beginning piano students that are unable to afford an acoustic piano or already own a digital piano, their digital piano should meet the following minimum specifications:

  • Piano keyboard should have 88 keys with graded action to reproduce the key weight and dynamic range of an acoustic piano.
  • Voicing should contain the “Grand Piano” setting and be stereo sampled.
  • Keyboard should have an ample stand to allow a proper sitting position and have functioning pedals to offer the damper and una corda (soft pedal) options.
  • Parents should make plans to acquire an acoustic piano within one year of the student’s initiation of piano study at CMS.

Recommended Piano Technician

Philly Piano Tuning (215) 760-7247 or