Mission: To foster a sense of community through music by providing the fullest possible array of musical experiences for people of all ages, musical abilities, and backgrounds.
Programs: In fy2014, 1462 students of all ages, abilities and backgrounds studied with ccms faculty weekly throughout the 32-week school year. At the home campus in concord, 900 students were enrolled in private lessons, ensembles and workshops. They ranged in age from 6 months to 90 years old, and included students preparing for careers as professional musicians, older adults beginning instrument study, and preschoolers in music & movement classes. An additional 562 students participated weekly in music in the community initiative (mici) programs throughout nh, which provide free music education to students unable to attend classes in concord because of barriers posed by low income or disability; another 300 students participated in non-weekly mici programs. In fy14, ccms awarded $106,018 in financial aid to approximately 150 students studying at the home campus and a record number of weekly students were served through mici at a financial aid value of $121,365. When the number of financial aid students who study in concord is added to the weekly students at mici partner sites, a total of 51% of our 1462 weekly students received free or reduced-cost instruction this year due to financial need. Ccms serves numerous students with special needs due to physical, developmental or emotional disabilities, with those services directed by a faculty music therapist and dance movement therapist. In fy 2014, we served more than 250 weekly students with special needs such as autism, schizophrenia, asperger's, down syndrome, dyslexia, muscular dystrophy, mutism, speech and language processing, and a broad range of physical disabilities. This rapid expansion of our therapeutic work in fy2014 was rewarded with a riverbend champion for mental health award. In fy14, ccms produced more than 200 public musical events, reaching audience members with student and professional concerts in concord and throughout new england. These range from the free bach's lunch series, to ticketed folk, chamber music, and jazz concerts and the march mandolin festival, to free master classes and workshops. Audiences include older adults, home-schooled children, mental health clients, music educators, ccms families, and others.
As a parent of two young children who enjoyed a wonderful singing program ("Purple Finches") at the school, I can say that they really have dedicated, passionate teachers who love what they do, and the students pick up that vibe. While my young children are "over-committed" and we haven't taken advantage of the opportunity to learn a musical instrument at the school, the school's reputation is excellent. The music teachers are well-respected musicians and performers in their own right (e.g. we had Paul Dysktra and Gregg Pauley as piano soloists for the Granite State Symphony Orchestra) and my daughter's friends have learned amazingly fast with the Suzuki violin program. We've enjoyed listening to the students and faculty perform at different times - just beautiful music! To look at the breadth and scope of the activities at the school gives some sense of the dedication, drive, and ability of the President, Peggy Senter, who stands out in the Concord nonprofit (and business) community for her ability to "make things happen" and grow the school to its present size and importance in the community. Not only do they have an incredible breadth in their programs, but they also offer possibilities for students who might not be financially able to attend. They help anchor a culture of performing arts in the capital region.