Outreach Programs
 
CMS continues to expand outreach programs in the Allentown School District. This year, CMS again brought the Modern Band after-school program to McKinley Elementary, Central Elementary, Harrison Morton Middle School students at Casa Guadelupe, & expanded to Newcomer Academy in the former Lincoln Elementary School building. We also provided vocal & instrumental music instruction at Roberto Clemente Charter School.

This summer, CMS will continue to provide Modern Band to inner city elementary students through programs at Christ Lutheran Church & St. Stephen's Outreach Center. CMS, along with our five other downtown Allentown arts partners (The Allentown Art Museum, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre, Miller Symphony Hall, & Repertory Dance Theatre) held an exciting week of City Arts Camp for our 7-11 year olds at the end of June. Plus, new for 2018, City Arts Camp will expand to a 4-week camp for 80 ASD middle school students. CMS will host the camp in the recital hall of our new location at 1544 W. Hamilton Street in July.

Student performances & musical instrument petting zoos continue to be hits at many community events. 
 
 

Josh Klein leads the Modern Band afterschool program at Central Elementary. June 2018
 
 
McKinley Elementary students perform "Best Day of My Life" by American Authors with CMS teacher, Cliff Tracy. June 2018
     
April 2016 - Highly engaged students in grades 3-5 energetically participated in the after-school Community Music School Modern Band Program at McKinley Elementary School. This group of 20 students learned to sing and play popular music on the ukulele, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, and bucket drums. Their favorite songs included the current hits “Seven Years” by Lukas Graham and “No” by Meghan Trainer. Video of their performance can be seen below.
 
What is Modern Band?
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BEFORE...  
October 2015 - McKinley Elementary School students try out the ukulele, bass guitar, and drum kit during the first week of the CMS Modern Band after-school program.  Beginning in October 2015, this weekly group included 20 first and second graders, most of whom had little to no experience playing a musical instrument.
 

AFTER...
February 2016 - After several months of weekly participation in the CMS Modern Band Program at McKinley Elementary School, these first and second grade students were able to sing and play popular music on the ukulele, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, drum kit, and bucket drums, accompanied by their teacher, Cliff Tracy. Their favorite songs included the classic “We Will Rock You” by Queen, and the current hits “Best Day of Our Lives” by American Authors and “Hey Everybody” by Walk the Moon. They even wrote and performed their own rap song called “The NBA”. Video of their performance can be seen below.
 
Check out CMS Modern Band in action at McKinley Elementary!
 
     
     
 
 
Musical Instrument Petting Zoo Community Outreach

May 2016 - Community Music School partnered with the Allentown Symphony Association to provide a Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at the Promise Neighborhood's Summer Learning Showcase at Central Elementary School.  Check out the WFMZ 69 News highlights!
 
August 2015 - Allentown residents try out different size violins during the CMS & ASO Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at the Senator Pat Browne Community & Family Expo
     
June 2016 - CMS students, Samantha and Quinn, help elementary school students try out instruments at the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at the Central Elementary School Block Party. 
  CMS student, Jameel Hanna (R) shows a budding musician how to play the ukulele at the Musical Instrument Petting Zoo at 
LV Arts Council's "Young at Art Expo". March 2018
     
 
Music education outreach programs can be tailored to fit any organization’s needs, age range, and educational goals... Modern Band, Flutophones for Third Graders, choir, bass, woodwinds, and strings… group or private settings. The CMS faculty is sensitive to each student’s individual musical abilities, needs, and pace of learning.

To discuss a potential outreach program, please contact CMS Director, Jeff Reed, at 610-435-7725 or by email.