Community Music School of Springfield, founded in 1983, is a non-profit community arts school in Western Massachusetts. Our mission is to inspire people of all ages to begin or renew a lifelong journey into the joy of music and the arts, and to make this experience accessible and affordable to all people in our community. We serve more than 700 students annually at our 127 State Street location, and an additional 1,200 students each week in our community partnership programs.

Choice of study includes private lessons, group classes and ensembles, adult music study, or for our youngest students, early childhood music classes and our acclaimed Prelude Preschool of the Arts. Our Community Partnership Programs provide weekly instruction for hundreds of children throughout Springfield in a variety of in-school and after school programs.

CMSS’ outstanding faculty of 50 musicians/educators inspire success at every level of achievement, from beginner to pre-professional study. We offer instruction in a broad spectrum of instruments and voice, and provide a wide range of musical genres including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Popular, Latin, Rock, Folk, Gospel, Hip Hop and more.

At CMSS, we are dedicated to changing lives through music. We are proud to bring together people of different ages, abilities, cultural backgrounds and economic circumstances to make music in an environment that respects diversity and encourages creativity. These students might never have known one another were it not for a common love of music. Strong friendships grow from shared choral, ensemble and performance experiences. 

Our registration team guides the selection of faculty who best suit your own or your child’s learning style and makes adjustments as proficiency or schedules demand. Whether you are beginning your musical journey or advancing your skills, we welcome you!

Our Commitment to Providing Access to the Arts

Central to our mission is our financial aid and scholarship program. Over the past 33 years CMSS has raised and awarded more than $1.5 million in financial aid and scholarships. We are proud of this commitment to young people in our community and grateful for the support of generous donors and grantors who make this financial assistance possible. CMSS serves over 1,300 students weekly, providing over 52,000 lessons/classes to our community last year alone. Of our 1,300 weekly students at 127 State Street and in our Springfield-based community partnerships, approximately 70% receive some type of financial aid or scholarship to support their music education.

Awards and Affiliations

Community Music School of Springfield is a proud member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. We are a recipient of many distinguished awards, including the Commonwealth Award, Massachusetts Cultural Council’s highest arts honor, recognizing the significant contribution that CMSS has made in building community through the arts. CMSS is honored to have been chosen as the recipient of the 2015 Yale University Distinguished Music Educator Award/Music in Schools Initiative, as well as the New England Public Radio 2015 Outstanding Arts Organization in the Pioneer Valley award and the Massachusetts Association of School Committees 2015 Outstanding School Partner award. CMSS Programs are funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Massachusetts Cultural Council



Please consider a donation today in support of CMSS financial aid and scholarship to continue to provide meaningful music and arts education to our community.