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Adaptive Music Partnership (AMP)

The Adaptive Music Partnership (AMP) connects music and special education to improve students’ lives, targeting social/emotional, academic, and artistic development.

Learn more about AMP professional development workshops

The Need

Over 20% of the student population in Springfield have special needs, and this number is increasing.
Music is a proven
and effective tool to unlocking learning potential in special needs students, yet the majority of this
population does
not have access to musical instruction that is adapted to their needs.

What We Do

We work directly with special needs students in the classroom, teaching music classes designed to
include all learners.
We train and support music teachers in strategies and techniques for reaching their special education
population. We
also train and support special education teachers in integrating music and arts into their teaching.

Advisory Board

We have assembled an advisory board of top directors, professors, and innovators of music/arts special
education programs in Massachusetts.

  • Nicole Agois, Managing Director of VSA Massachusetts
  • Rhoda Bernard, Managing Director of Berklee Institute for Arts Education and Special Needs,
    Berklee College of Music
  • Yindra Dixon, Community Representative
  • Julie Jaron, Springfield Public Schools Director of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Rosemarie Waltsak, Springfield Public Schools Special Education Supervisor
  • Andrew D’Antonio, AMP Director
  • Eileen McCaffery, Executive Director of CMSS

2019-2020 Registration is open!

You are now able to register for private lessons and classes, manage your account with CMSS, and more. It is our hope that this new process will ease the process of registration, payment, and billing for you and all the members of our community.

Register Online Today!

If you would like to take advantage of our early bird discount which waives the 2019-2020 registration fee of $50, you must re-register online with the new ASAP system before May 20th. Creating an account with ASAP in April will also earn families 5 entries in our “Share the Love of CMSS” raffle for a chance to win a free year of lessons!

We are committed to helping families through this transition to an online-based registration system. If you would like to use one of our computers or would like one of our registration team members to assist you in re-registering for fall 2019, please feel free to call us or visit CMSS at your convenience Monday-Thursday 8am-8pm, or Friday 8am-7pm.