About Prelude: A Unique Arts-Integrated Preschool2018-10-05T15:22:12+00:00

About Prelude: A Unique Arts-Integrated Preschool


Prelude Preschool of the Arts builds on a distinguished tradition of early childhood arts education at the Community Music School of Springfield. Since its very beginnings, CMSS has been committed to opening the doors to the wonders of the art and music for young children. Prelude welcomes children as young as 2 years 9 months.

Prelude is housed in our magnificent Art Deco building with state of the art classrooms, music performance space, and a private outdoor play area.

Prelude curriculum is based on the belief that children are active participants in the learning process and that they learn and express their understanding of concepts in many creative and artistic languages.

Prelude is the only arts-integrated early childhood education program in Western Massachusetts. The program incorporates the study of Suzuki violin, guitar, percussion, children’s chorus, dance, yoga, foreign language and visual arts within a comprehensive academic curriculum. All artist residencies are taught by specialists distinguished in their respective fields of expertise.

Our unique program features:
Comprehensive Academic Arts-Integrated Curriculum
Mathematical Thinking
Language and Literature
Music, Dance and Visual Arts
Creative Thinking
Community Spirit
Scientific Exploration
Social and Cultural Studies
Art Exploration
Individual Expression

Our Mission

At Prelude Preschool of the Arts, a program of the Community Music School of Springfield, we provide a nurturing environment that encourages individual expression, inspires creativity, promotes a sense of community spirit, and prepares children for a future of personal and academic success. We offer a comprehensive academic curriculum with an integrated arts approach where children grow to feel that music, visual arts, and dance are important parts of their world.

Our Philosophy

Our dedicated teachers create a balanced program that includes language & literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific exploration, social studies, dramatic play, visual arts, music, creative movement and outdoor play. In our child-centered classrooms we question, wonder, explore and discover the natural world around us. Developmentally appropriate individual and group activities foster emotional and physical well-being, enabling children to become confident, independent thinkers who are creative and passionate about learning. And, most importantly, we pride ourselves on meeting children where they are as we guide them toward their richest learning.

Prelude Calendar 2017-2018

Prelude Parent Handbook