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Music Education for Children and Youth

The Community Music School (CMS) provides accessible music education to children and youth in the GTA. Founded in 1980 and operating out of Humber’s Lakeshore Campus, the School offers weekly private lessons and small-group classes to children and youth of all musical experience levels.  

Over the past 40-plus years, CMS has established an international reputation as a leader in jazz and children’s music education, helping thousands of students develop their talent and pursue their aspirations in music.  

CMS fosters a supportive and inclusive community by prioritizing the joy of making music and creating opportunities for students to celebrate their collective musical growth through performance. Our world-class coaches are committed to working with students step-by-step to help them reach the next level in their musical development and build the confidence they need to achieve their individual performance goals. 

Course Offerings

Youth choir group singingVocal Studies
Vocal Studies

Learn how to use the natural instrument: the voice. Ages 9-18.

woman teaching young girl how to play the trumpetPrivate Lessons
Private Lessons

Study music in a one-on-one setting.

group of young kids sitting on the floor with instrumentsChildren's Musicianship
Children's Musicianship

Introduce young children to music. Ages 3-8.

group of students playing the bongos with adult guidenceOrff Ensembles
Orff Ensembles

Develop and refine musicianship with Orff-based curriculum. Ages 9-11.

young boy playing the trumpetJazz Ensembles
Jazz Ensembles

Explore and develop small-group ensemble skills. Ages 12-18.

teenagers playing together in a jazz bandAdvanced Jazz
Advanced Jazz

Advanced improvisation, jazz vocabulary and ensemble playing.

Winter Program Information

  • The 2024 winter term will run January 20 - June22
  • The last date to register for the fall term is Wednesday, January 17
  • There will be no classes held on statutory holiday weekend (Feb 17, March 30, May 18)
  • All classes will be conducted at Humber College Lakeshore Campus on Saturday, between 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Please contact for more information.

Winter 2024 Term

Private Lesson (All Instruments) 30min Private Lesson $836
60min Private Lesson $1,520
Children Children's Musicianship $575
Children's Music: Orff Ensemble (Ages 8-11) $1,100
Youth Youth Jazz Ensemble (Ages 12-18) $1,320
Advanced Youth Jazz Ensemble (Ages 14-18)  $1,520


"Love Community Music!  I’m happy to have learnt a new skill set that I can now share with others."

"Great experience.  Excellent class and music coach!"

"I have been in the Community Jazz program for 5 years.  It’s always an enjoyable and educational program."

How Music Education Helps

Studies show that music education improves children's cognitive and social development. Music helps improve attention span, language and literacy, memory, sound processing, spatial reasoning, and speech perception. It also builds confidence and self-esteem while teaching skills in communication, leadership, problem solving and teamwork.

How Music Education Helps

How Music Education Helps:

Improved Cognitive Development: Attention span, Language and literacy, Memory, Sound processing, Spatial reasoning, Speech perception.

Improved Social Development: Communication, Confidence, Leadership, Problem solving, Self-Esteem, Teamwork.


“Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children's education.”
- Yo-Yo Ma


“Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them – a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement. The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music.” 
- Gerald Ford 



“Adolescents with music training have better cognitive skills and school grades and are more conscientious, open and ambitious. These effects do not differ by socio-economic status… Music improves cognitive and non-cognitive skills {more than twice as much as sports, theatre or dance}." 
- 2013 German Social Economic Panel (study)