Get Started at CMS

Getting started at the Community Music School is easy. Our dedicated staff makes sure that students are involved in appropriate programs and works hard to pair musicians with a faculty member that is a good fit. We want these relationships to last a lifetime!

 

Not sure where to start? Complete the CMS Inquiry form and one of our staff members will contact you. Additional steps vary depending on the program, but staff will guide you through the process.

CMS registers students for individual lessons on a continuous basis, but the bulk of registration happens the week before each 18-week semester. 

Step 1: Complete the CMS Inquiry Form.

Step 2: The primary adult contact (or student if over 18) will receive an email containing links to required documents including a registration form, policies and procedures consent form, the student handbook, and the COVID-19 pledge.

Step 3:  CMS has a registration period at the beginning of every semester (Fall, Spring, Summer). During the registration period, students/parents can set up a one-on-one registration session to speak with one of our specialists (Ken, Rebecca or Justin). This is where we learn more about the student, their interests, their goals in taking lessons, and their availability so that we can place you with the instructor that best fits your needs. CMS continues to register throughout the entire semester - so don't worry if you miss the registration period. Just complete the Inquiry Form and one of our staff will contact you.

Step 4: The student is registered with CMS and begins lessons with their instructor. Bills will be sent to the student or adult bill payer once the student has been registered for lessons.

2021-2022 Lesson Registration Dates:

Summer 2021 (6-week semester) June 12 - 17, 2021
Fall 2021 (18-week semester) August 7 - 12, 2021
Spring 2022 (18-week semester) January 8 - 13, 2022
Summer 2022 (6-week semester) June 11 - 15, 2022

 

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CMS registers for Kindermusik and Music for Little Mozarts classes prior to the Fall and Spring Semesters. 

Step 1: Complete the Kindermusik and Music for Little Mozarts Registration Form. Be sure to indicate on the form your first and second choices for a class time and location.  If you are interested in registering after classes have begun, please complete the CMS Inquiry Form.

Step 2: The primary adult contact for NEW students will receive an email with your student ID number and other important information about how to make your payment and complete your registration. Please note that registration is not complete and the class time and location will not be reserved until payment is made.

Step 3: Additional information including your Webster University email address (currently needed to access buildings) and COVID-19 policies and procedures will be sent to the primary adult contact a week before classes begin.

 

Open Registration for Kindermusik and Music for Little Mozarts classes:

Fall 2021 (14-week semester) May 20 - August 6, 2021
Spring 2022 (14-week semester) December 3 - 24, 2021

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CMS only registers new students for the Suzuki Strings program in September and in January. 

Step 1: Complete the CMS Inquiry Form and indicate your interest in the Suzuki String Program

Step 2: The primary adult contact will receive an email with a link to sign up for Suzuki Parent Orientation (there is a $40 fee for Orientation). The Suzuki Parent Orientation Program consists of three sessions, usually on consecutive Saturdays, and is held at the beginning of both the Fall and Spring semesters. 

  • Session one includes a description of the CMS Suzuki Program, a discussion of the Suzuki philosophy, and demonstration performances by our current Suzuki students. 
  • Session two includes an observation of group lessons and a discussion about the parents’ role as the home teacher. 
  • Session three focuses on what to expect at lessons, followed by registration in the Suzuki program. 

All three sessions are for parents only and should be attended by the parent who will be the Suzuki practice partner at home. Students are encouraged to attend the group lesson observation during the second session, but childcare will need to be arranged during the parent session. Also during the three-week program, parents and their future Suzuki students are expected to observe at least one individual lesson, which gives our CMS instructors an opportunity to meet prospective students and assess their readiness to begin.

Step 3: Students are registered and begin weekly lessons with their instructor. Bills will be sent after they are registered for lessons.

 

Suzuki Strings program Orientation Dates:

Fall 2021 Semester  September 18, 2021 September 25, 2021 October 2, 2021
Spring 2022 Semester January 22, 2022 January 20, 2022 February 5, 2022

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CMS holds auditions for their performance programs including String Ensemble, String Orchestra, YPCO, YPSO, and YPOP once a year in August.  Please check minimum audition requirements at Orchestras & Ensembles.

Step 1: Complete the String Ensemble/String Orchestra Application or the YPCO/YPSO/YPOP Application.  If the audition deadline has passed, please complete the CMS Inquiry Form and we will send you information about the next round of auditions.

Step 2: The primary adult contact will receive an email that includes specific audition instructions.  

Step 3: Once auditions are complete, students will be notified and registered.

 

  Applications Open Audition Dates
String Ensemble May 1 - July 23, 2021 August 28 & 29, 2021 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
String Orchestra May 1 - July 23, 2021  August 28 & 29, 2021 1:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Young People's Concert Orchestra (YPCO) May 1 - July 23, 2021  Video submissions due August 11, 2021
Young People's Symphonic Orchestra (YPSO) May 1 - July 23, 2021  Video submissions due August 11, 2021
Young People's Orchestra Percussion (YPOP) May 1 - July 23, 2021  Video submissions due August 11, 2021
Webster University High School Jazz Ensemble May 1 - July 23, 2021  Auditions are by appointment

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The CMS Preparatory Program requires an audition. Please check minimum audition requirements at Preparatory Program.

Step 1: For the Summer 2021 Preparatory Program Rotation please complete the Summer 2021 Prep ApplicationFor the 2021-2022 Preparatory Program (Fall, Winter & Spring rotations) complete the CMS Inquiry Form and we will send more information on how to audition when applications are open. 

Step 2: The primary adult contact will receive an email that includes specific audition instructions. 

Step 3: Once auditions are complete, students will be notified and registered. The program begins in late September. Bills will be sent to the adult contact once a student has been registered.

  Application Deadline Auditions Session Dates
Summer 2021 Preparatory Rotation July 2, 2021 July 6, 2021 (current Prep students do not need to audition) August 2 - 29, 2021
2021-2022 Preparatory Program September 1, 2021 September 11 & 12, 2021 September 29, 2021 - April 24, 2022

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Summer programs are announced every academic year beginning in February.  Registration deadlines vary but generally, the deadline to register for June programs is May 15th and for July programs the deadline is June 15th.  Chamber Music Encounter requires an audition and the registration deadline is in early March. 

Step 1: Complete the appropriate registration or application for the programs found on the Summer Programs page.  If you are interested in a summer program that is no longer registering, please complete the CMS Inquiry Form and you will be added to a list to receive information about future summer programs.

Step 2: The primary adult contact will receive an email with payment instructions, links to the policies and procedures consent form, and the COVID-19 pledge.

Step 3:  Once payment has been received, the student will be registered. Additional information specific to individual summer programs will be sent closer to program dates.