Community Music Center of Boston is far more than a music school. It is a creative hub where people of all ages and abilities share music as common ground, and where diversity, expression and self-transformation are the very air we breathe.

Founded in 1910, Community Music Center of Boston is the product of two historic settlement schools that worked primarily with immigrant children – the former Boston Music School Settlement and the South End Music School, which merged in 1968. We operate a lively, bustling 8,000 square foot instructional facility in the Boston Center for the Arts, in the heart of Boston’s South End. CMCB embodies the notion that music skills and social skills go hand in hand. We are motivated by a dual commitment – instruction of exceptional artistic quality and broad-based participation.

Today, we serve over 5,500 individuals each week, and collaborate with nearly 35 Boston Public schools, community centers, nursing homes and hospitals. Our student body is exceptionally diverse and multicultural, with students ranging from five months to 88 years old.

Welcome to Community Music Center of Boston.

Mission Statement

To transform lives throughout Greater Boston by providing equitable access to excellent music education and arts experiences.

Vision Statement

To build a civic culture that values lifelong involvement in the arts, where all can participate actively in music making and arts experiences.  We also want every youngster in Boston to have access to music instruction both during the day and after school.