Community Engagement Programs

Our Reach

Community Music Center of Boston works collaboratively with a wide range of partners throughout Greater Boston to create programs that meet the needs of each unique community. 

This map includes program sites as of June 2020. Click to Enlarge

School Partnerships

CMCB’s SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS provide culturally inclusive and accessible music instruction to students in public, private and other educational settings.  Programs vary in length and content, driven by the interests and needs of partners.  Some students receive full year instruction, while others participate in week-long intensives.  CMCB offers individual, small group and large group programming.  Students pay no tuition or fees.  Examples of current programs include general music, instrumental instruction (band, drumming, guitar, piano, strings and ukulele), songwriting, dance, music production and music therapy.  

The CMCB music program has… added considerably to the overall positive climate of our school.

Joy Salesman-Oliver, Principal, Higginson/Lewis K-8
Students participate in Stringfest, an annual event gathering school string programs for performances and workshops.

Community Partnerships

CMCB works with health and human service and family support organizations as part of its COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS.  Participants include children, families, adults and older adults.  This program responds to a major barrier to access for individuals from disinvested communities: the burden of transportation to an arts organization’s central headquarters.  Programming includes music instruction, music therapy, events and workshops. 

What is Music Therapy?

The MUSIC THERAPY program at CMCB works with over 500 individuals per year in collaboration with schools and community partners.  Our credentialed music therapists work alongside participants and empower them to address their goals.  Common focuses include academic and cognitive skills, coping skills, communication and self-expression, promoting independence, motor development and social skills.  To learn more about our music therapy programs, please visit our Music Therapy web page.

Become a CMCB Partner

Interested in bringing music to your school/community center?
Contact Chris Perry, Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs or Holly Dyer, Community Engagement Manager.

2020 – 2021 School Partners

  • Adams Elementary School – Band, general music and violin
  • Boston Collegiate Charter School – Guitar
  • Commonwealth Children’s Center – Music therapy
  • Cambridge Public Schools – Music engagement
  • Harvard-Kent Elementary School – General music
  • Hurley K-8 School – Songwriting
  • McKinley Elementary School – Music therapy and songwriting
  • Murphy K-8 School – General music
  • O’Donnell Elementary School – Chorus and dance
  • Russell Elementary School – Music production and ukulele
  • Spruce Street Nursery School – General music
  • Taylor Elementary School – Dance and music therapy

2020 – 2021 Community Partners

  • Bay Cove Human Services – Music therapy
  • Berklee College of Music
  • Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries – Music therapy
  • Smart From the Start – Music therapy

The Community Engagement Programs are funded in part by:

Cambridge Community Foundation, CF Adams Trust, DCU for Kids, EdVestors, George Frederick Jewett Foundation East, Hermann Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Oren Campbell McCleary Charitable Trust, Schrafft Trust, TD Bank Foundation and in-kind donations from Johnson Strings.

This program is supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

CMCB’s partnership with the Boston Public Schools in funded in part by BPS Arts Expansion, a multi-year effort on focusing on access, equity, and quality arts learning for BPS students. The BPS Arts Expansion Fund, managed by EdVestors, is generously supported by the Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, Klarman Family Foundation, Linde Family Foundation, and other foundations and individuals. Read more at


Equitable Collaborations Between the Western Music World & Native Music

April 7, 2022 05:30-07:00pm

CMCB decoration motif
More Details