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Why study at Community Music School?

415 Elmwood Avenue (CMS's current home)

You have choices when it comes to music education. Here’s what makes CMS the best choice:

A tradition of excellence.

Founded in 1924, Community Music School is Western New York’s longest-serving music school. When you join the CMS family, you become part of a tradition of excellence.

Many musical opportunities.

Our students have a chance to play in recitals, enter competitions, vie for scholarships, take performance exams, play in ensembles and take advantage of other musical opportunities.

A family of learning.

CMS is a community. We have more than 30 outstanding teachers, great staff, hundreds of students, and a whole lot of partners and supporters. At CMS, music isn’t just a one-on-one experience. It’s a family thing.

Multiple locations.

Community Music School is based in the heart of the Elmwood Village in the City of Buffalo. But we also have a network of satellite locations that make music studies more convenient and accessible.

We’re here for everyone.

CMS is a nonprofit organization, and we’re on a mission. We believe music is for everyone, so we embrace people of all ages, ambitions, backgrounds and abilities. We even have financial aid available for those who qualify.