The Community Music School of the Piedmont
Individual lessons are designed to help students develop musical skills at an ever-increasing level of proficiency. Piano, cello, violin, viola, guitar, harp, flute, piccolo, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, voice, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, percussion, and organ lessons are offered. Other instruments may be available upon request. Students may participate in one or more recitals held regularly throughout the school year (fall and spring semesters). Summer instruction also available.
Suzuki, the Japanese music educator, based his concept of learning music on the child's learning of language, or “mother tongue” by repetition and imitation. Very young children begin by listening to music and then repeating the music on their instrument. Parents play an active role in the Suzuki program, attending classes with their child and supervising practice sessions. Suzuki violin and cello instruction is offered.
Registered music therapist designs classes to address specific goals of each student. The classes include moving, listening, singing, and playing a variety of instruments. These music classes seek to improve communication, cognition, social, emotional, and motor skills of each participant. These classes enhance self-esteem and quality of life. Please call for schedule and fee information.
A music education program for very young children, their parents and/or caregivers. Classes include an artistically conceived flow of songs, movement, nursery rhymes, instrumental jam sessions, and finger plays. These activities help children develop rhythm and tonal skills. Three 10-week sessions throughout the year, in fall, winter, and spring at several CMSP locations, as well as a 6-week summer session. Please see calendar for session start dates.
Fun with Music (ages 4-6)
This class is an exciting introduction for children to the world of music. Children enjoy active music-making through a variety of musical activities such as creative movement, singing, and playing simple instruments. Basic music theory (notes, rhythm, dynamics, tempo) is introduced. We offer this class in 10-week sessions during the fall and spring semesters. Please see calendar for session start dates.
Musical Journey (ages 6-8)
Children will work on basic musical concepts and skills while learning games, songs, and folk tales from many cultures. They will explore their own music making using various percussion instruments. Beginning music notation will be introduced. Emphasis is placed on the creative process, a unity of music, movement, speech, and improvisation.
Piedmont Youth Choir
An ongoing choral group that provides excellent vocal instruction to the members, and performs as an outreach group of the Community Music School of the Piedmont. Directed by Marlene Baldwin, participation provides vocal training, both individually and as a group, and performance coaching. Performances build self-confidence as well as choral and theatrical skills. Each semester consists of at least two performances and at least eight rehearsals that include vocal instruction. Audition required.
Please contact the CMSP office for additional program information