Classes & Workshops

  • 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.

Musikgarten Music Makers – Ages 5-7

Musikgarten Music Makers is a two-year learning program that includes singing, creative as well as structured movement, playing instruments and ensemble work, ear training and guided listening. This developmentally sound approach to music literacy builds symbolic thinking, concentration, memory, and self expression. The children start to work with written musical patterns, too. Music Makers is offered in two sequential programs: Year One – At Home in the World and Year Two:  Around the World.

In part I, Music Makers: At Home in the World¸ your child will be engaged in activities that establish a solid music-making foundation. This year focuses on your child’s fascination with nature and develops a love of instruments. Your child will be introduced to the sounds of orchestral instruments individually, and then in the context of an ensemble. Such a listening foundation will lead to long-term success with music reading in future classes.

In part II, Music Makers: Around the World, your child will explore the music of the British Isles, Germany, and our own Amerindian and African-American music heritage. She will learn songs, dances, stories, rituals, and customs of these cultures to help her feel and understand others around the world. At the end of this two-year program, your child will have a comprehensive music foundation which is an excellent preparation for future music lessons.

We are very excited to announce that the Musikgarten programs will be offered FREE to our community starting in the Fall. CMS is very fortunate to be the recipients of a substantial bequest that has afforded us the special opportunity to give back to the community that has been so good to us. This program is presented to honor the memory of someone who loved music education and we hope to inspire future generations of music lovers.

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Musical Theatre Workshop- Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

Introduce your child to musical theater! Each week, your child will get to take part in acting games that help develop their imagination, creativity, articulation, and performance skills.

Musical Theatre Workshop – Grades 3-5

Introduce your child to musical theater! Each week, your child will get to take part in acting games that help develop their imagination, creativity, articulation, and performance skills.

Musical Theatre Performance – Grades 6 and up

This exciting workshop is for the student who loves musical theatre! Each actor needs to make the commitment to work hard and learn everything there is to put on a performance. Our director and choreographer will provide training in acting, singing and dancing through the rehearsal process of a Musical Revue. Every participant, no matter what level, will get lines, solos and features in the show. The semester ends with a performance for family and friends!

Beginner Ukulele – Ages 10+

The ukulele is a great choice for students who have never picked up and instrument before or those looking to try out something new and fun! This class will help you get started with the `ukulele by learning basic chords and strums at a pace designed for first-time players. You’ll be surprised by how soon you’re playing songs while picking up core musical skills. Students should bring their own ‘ukulele to class along with a notebook, pencil and folder. Ages 10+ are welcome to join in the fun. Space is limited – sign up today!

Intro to Guitar – Ages 10+

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 are also introduced including reading guitar tab, chords and note reading. Students are required to have their own instrument- classical, acoustic or electric with portable amp are all acceptable.