Private Lessons and Ensembles

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All levels and ages welcome!

Community Music School of Springfield offers private and semi-private music lessons for children, teens and adults across a wide range of instruments and genres.

Students are carefully matched with a teacher who will best meet their needs, and our registration team will gladly assist you in deciding whether to rent or purchase your instrument. Students at CMSS attend and participate in recitals, master classes and community performances throughout the year.

A lesson with each and every one of CMSS faculty looks different in its own beautiful way. The opens in a new windowCMSS Unified Teaching Values allow us to name what it means to be a faculty member, what future students can expect from all CMSS faculty, and what past and present students have loved since 1983.

Whether you are beginning your musical journey or advancing your skills, we welcome you to Community Music School of Springfield and look forward to being a part of your musical experience!

Make music with your peers

The benefits of playing in an ensemble are many, including improved communication, musicality and expression, intonation, and leadership skills–everything you need to take your playing to the next level! Ensembles give students an opportunity to utilize all of the knowledge they have gained in their private lessons. Think of this is as “the big game” you have been working towards each week during sports practice.

Small Group Ensembles

Small group ensembles, also known as chamber ensembles, are comprised of 3-5 musicians and perform pieces of music without a conductor. These groups will be organized based on age (adults are also welcome), development level, genre of interest, and other factors to ensure the best possible grouping. Each group will meet regularly with a faculty coach for a set number of weeks culminating in a concert performance.

Students interested in joining a small group ensemble can contact Tim Skinner at tskinner@communitymusicschool.comcreate new email to get started.

Large Group Ensembles

CMSS offers a wide range of ensembles that meet on a weekly basis and offer students the opportunity to learn and play with their peers of a similar level of experience.

Children’s Chorus of Springfield

City Chorus

Guitar Ensemble

Joyful Voices

StillCan Band


String City Orchestra

Youth Wind Ensemble of Springfield

A full list of CMSS’ ensembles can be found here. On the left side of that page, you can browse ensembles by age group and type.


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Sonido Musica

Sonido Musica offers weekly music instruction by CMSS faculty during school for students in Springfield and Holyoke Public Schools, leading to improved educational outcomes.

Sonido Musica
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Music Therapy

CMSS offers Music Therapy for children and adults with developmental delays, special education students, and individuals with autism.

Music Therapy
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Adaptive Music Partnership

Our Adaptive Music Program (AMP) connects music and special education to improve students’ lives, targeting social/emotional, academic, and artistic development.

Adaptive Music Partnership
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Children’s Chorus

The Children’s Chorus of Springfield teaches music literacy through singing and cultivates a generation of ambassadors for Springfield through song.

Children’s Chorus of Springfield
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Prelude Preschool of the Arts

An arts-integrated early childhood education program that incorporates Suzuki violin, guitar, percussion, children’s chorus, dance, yoga, foreign language and visual arts within a comprehensive academic curriculum.

Prelude Preschool of the Arts
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Registration and Financial Aid

CMSS features easy online registration for music lessons and ensembles for all levels and ages of students.

Easy Online Registration

CMSS Perform-A-Thon