Online Registration is Open!


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

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.

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.