Music Education

 Welcome to the CMA – Your Community Music School


Music for all…  for life!

Welcome to the Center for Musical Arts – Your Community Music School

As I sit to write this, I can hear the Fiddle Campers learning to improvise while the students playing in the festival’s Young People’s Concert are setting up to rehearse, and I know that the Ukulele Social Club will get started before that rehearsal ends.  What a wonderful place this is!

I am working on my second catalog since taking over directing the Center.  I have enormous pride in the activities that go on here.  There is something magical in watching a Broadway Boomer sing in public for the first time just as there is in seeing a three-year-old in Suzuki Violin Camp learn to make her first sounds or a high school trumpet player take a solo with the jazz ensemble.

This is truly a community center, and the community continues to grow.  At the end of the 2013 Winter/Spring term we had 15% more registrations than the same term in 2012.   We hosted more community events than ever, including Kaleidoscope Concerts, the Oatmeal Festival 5k race registration, and the Holiday Sing and Play-a-long Potluck.  We are also working with more community partners, including Project YES, the WOW! Museum and the I Have a Dream Foundation.

We hope that when you look through the information here you find a program – an instrument, a concert, a class, an event – that sparks your imagination.  Whether you take lessons, join an ensemble, or attend a concert, we hope you are able to make music a part of your life.

Ethan Hecht
Center Director

• 40 skilled professional teaching artists are employed; 80% with advanced degrees in music or national/international performing and teaching experience. National background checks and formal performance reviews are conducted for all faculty and staff.
• Dedicated staff committed to outstanding service to our students and the community
• Award-winning Heartstrings program of tuition assistance and Musical Instrument Bank for families in need. We turn no one away!
• Welcoming, safe environment within our 10,000 sq. ft. former church building, including 12 teaching studios, two performance spaces, 21 pianos [featuring a 9-ft Steinway concert grand and a digital piano lab], free Wi-Fi enabled waiting area, computers with music software, a library of music, books, and recordings, and lots of shops and restaurants nearby
• Our six-week summer music festival (CMF) connects students with world-class musicians and performances. CMA students get discounted (and free!) tickets to CMF concerts, workshops and masterclass opportunities
• CMA students get $1 admission to the Kaleidoscope concert series, with 50% discount to accompanying parent/caregivers
• Many student performance opportunities: recitals, annual Performathon, Honors Recital, and community outreach (senior centers, etc.)
• Discounts for enrolling in multiple programs and for recording fees and space rental
• Free practice room space (subject to availability)
• In-house store, in collaboration with Lafayette Music, allowing students to conveniently purchase reeds, rosin, strings, and other items
• Opportunity to become part of a real community through music; great social environment for making connections, friends, and forming musical groups
• “Guild school” stature: as a full member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, we have a commitment to excellence in arts education and access for all. The Guild provides us with support and training in best industry practices to ensure that we’re equipped to deliver the very best—for you!
• Electronic newsletters, Noteworthy and School Notes, filled with information about terrific upcoming performances and educational offerings

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