Lessons for Adults and Creative Aging

Try a private lesson!

We suggest adults start with 45 minute or 60 minute lessons. Not sure which instrument is right for you? No problem! We offer trial lessons for students who would like to get to meet their teacher and try the instrument before beginning weekly lessons.

Please call 413-732-8428 to speak with a member of our registration team about scheduling your remote lesson and choosing your instructor. Faculty and staff will gladly assist you in making the decision to rent or purchase your musical instrument.

Marty Knieriem conducting with a blurred background

Creative Aging

Creative Aging is an initiative to provide sequential arts instruction to older adults (ages 55+) to combat ageism and isolation – with outcomes such as improved cognitive ability, improved emotional wellbeing, and improved health. The Tim Cotz Creative Aging Initiative at CMSS was established to honor the legacy of our beloved former Board president, Tim Cotz. We are grateful for the wisdom and guidance that Tim so generously shared, inspiring and challenging us to find new avenues to serve our community.

CMSS partners with area retirement communities and senior centers to offer Creative Aging programs including Sing Out Chorus and Bucket Drumming. To learn more, contact Creative Aging Program Manager, Liz Simmons, at [email protected].

Liz Simmons teaching a creative aging chorus, standing in front of chorus members sitting and singing, holding folders

Classes and Ensembles for Adults

Beginner Band for Adults 55+

The Beginner Band Ensemble is a part of the Tim Cotz Creative Aging initiative at CMSS, offering quality sequential learning for adults 55 and up. This ensemble is a great way to explore a new instrument or dig deeper into a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument you already play. The positive, social rehearsals offer opportunities to learn alongside, and practice playing with other beginning musicians with little-to-no formal music training. No prior music experience is necessary. If you need an instrument, or want to try an instrument that you do not have, let us know and we can help get you your instrument of choice.


Semi-Private Lessons

Find one or a few friends who share your interest in the same (or similar) instruments, and you can split the cost of a private lesson!


Women’s Choral Ensemble

Advanced intermediate, advanced young and adult singers are invited to share the fun and challenge of a new ensemble. The material will be drawn from medieval through contemporary music. Ensemble study includes musical practices of the time and choral technique. While sight reading is not required, the desire to learn is appreciated.


Chamber Music Groups

Our Chamber Music Program places students into small ensembles that work together weekly with a faculty coach and perform without a conductor. These ensembles could range from string quartets to piano four-hands to wind trios—the make-up of the program will depend on which students audition. Chamber music presents unique challenges. Students learn how their individual part contributes to the whole, while listening to their fellow ensemble members.

CMSS Perform-A-Thon