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How Community Music School changes lives

Since its founding in 1994, Community Music School (CMS) has positively influenced the lives of over 2,000 Wake County students through professional music education. Annual enrollment at CMS averages 100 students, all with limited financial resources, for 34 weeks of rigorous private and ensemble instruction and summer camps.

At Community Music School, we are building the foundation for a life-long love of music and preparing students to be productive and happy citizens.

Music education builds confidence and ambition, problem solving and planning skills, and the ability to focus; tools that help students succeed in all aspects of their lives. Music is many things to many people: a creative outlet, a coping mechanism, a natural talent, a means to preserve a native culture, a method to meet friends, a path to a college scholarship, and so much more.

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Community Music School has been recognized both locally and nationally with honors including the Raleigh Medal of Arts Award and the Coming Up Taller Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.


Community Music School welcomes students of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and abilities. We are committed to providing equal access to music education to all students, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin or the presence of a disability. If your child has a disability, special need or unique learning style, please contact us so that we may discuss and consider how to best accommodate those needs as a student of CMS.

Learn more about CMS

  • Our program
    Learn more about our approach to music education
  • Our history
    How we got started and how we’ve grown
  • Our supporters
    The generosity of these organizations and donors makes everything we do possible
  • Faculty and staff
    Get to know our talented team
  • Board of Directors
    These committed volunteers give so much to make our school the best it can be