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!

 

The first step for ALL of our programs is to complete the CMS Inquiry formAdditional steps vary depending on the program but staff will guide you through the process.

Staff Contact:  Jasmine Rangel

Step 1:  Complete the CMS Inquiry Form

Step 2:  The adult contact will receive an email with payment instructions, a link to choose class day and time, links to the policies & procedures consent form, and the Covid-19 pledge.

Step 3:  Once a class day and time is chosen and payment has been received, the student will be registered.  

*A link to apply for financial assistance will also be in the email if requested on the inquiry form.

Staff Contact:  Kenneth Lederle

Step 1:  Complete the CMS Inquiry Form

Step 2:  The adult contact will receive an email with a link to sign up for Suzuki Parent Orientation* (there is a $40.00 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 into 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.

*A link to apply for financial assistance will also be in the email if requested on the inquiry form.

Staff Contact:  Kenneth Lederle

Step 1:  Complete the CMS Inquiry Form

Step 2:  The student (or adult contact if student is under 18) will receive an email containing links to a registration form, policies & procedures consent form, the student handbook, and the Covid-19 pledge.  If requested, it will also include a link to apply for financial assistance.

Step 3:  CMS has a registration period at the beginning of every semester (Fall, Spring, Summer).  Currently, students can set up a one-on-one registration session on Zoom 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.  CMS continues to register throughout the entire semester - so don't worry if you miss the registration period.

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

Staff Contact:  Michelle Martin

CMS orchestras and ensembles require an audition which are usually held in August. Please check minimum audition requirements for each orchestra on our Orchestras & Ensembles page.

Step 1:  Complete the CMS Inquiry Form

Step 2:  The adult contact will receive an email that includes links to an audition application, specific audition instructions and the Covid-19 pledge.  If requested, it will also include a link to apply for financial assistance.

Step 3: Once auditions are complete, students will be notified and registered.  Rehearsals begin in late September/early October.  Bills will be sent to the adult contact once a student has been registered.

Staff Contact:  Michelle Martin

The CMS Preparatory Program requires an audition which are usually held in early September.  Please check minimum audition requirements on our Preparatory Program page.

Step 1:  Complete the CMS Inquiry Form

Step 2:  The adult contact will receive an email that includes links to an audition application, specific audition instructions and the Covid-19 pledge.  If requested, it will also include a link to apply for financial assistance.

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.

Staff Contact:  Jasmine Rangel

Step 1:  Complete the CMS Inquiry Form

Step 2:  The adult contact will send an email with payment instructions, links to the policies & 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 may be sent closer to program dates.