Student helps another student with violinSummerMUSIC is taking our program online this summer!

CMCB is continuing to monitor guidelines from the CDC and Massachusetts regarding the safety of in-person programming. We are reimagining our summer programming online, with the possibility of an in-person performance for SummerARTS and SummerMUSIC in July based on safety guidelines.

CMCB and SummerMUSIC are making every effort to remain responsive to online instruction fatigue and plan to incorporate screen breaks for students, along with some activities that focus away from the screen. SummerMUSIC is a unique, culturally enriching three-week summer program which offers group instruction, community building, and multiple opportunities for developing skills, self-expression, and connection with peers.



Weekdays: July 6 – July 24
Performance: Friday, July 24, 2020


Weekdays: 10:00 AM–2:30 PM

Students currently in grades 2–11 who have at least one year of string, wind, or brass instruction (in a school setting or private study.) Younger students may be accepted based on experience. C.I.T students currently in grades 7-8 who have been in the program for four years.


Online via CMCB
34 Warren Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

Professional faculty and counselors


$570 per child includes: 15 days of online instruction, performances, materials, and T-shirt
$375.00 for CITs (Counselors-in-Training)

FINANCIAL AID is available and awarded to a significant number of those participating!

Young musicians currently in grades 2–11 will enjoy an exciting summertime experience while they study their instrument under the tutelage of the CMCB’s wind, brass, string and percussion faculty. All students engage in a chamber music group over the course of the three-week program. Students will also have an opportunity to develop musicianship skills such as rhythm, ear training, and music theory, while also working on life skills like teamwork, creativity, and frustration tolerance.

CMCB is sensitive to students/families who are concerned about “screen fatigue” and we are happy to adjust personal student schedules for SummerMUSIC to accommodate breaks necessary for student success and comfort.


Instruction in:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • French Horn
  • Trombone
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass

Daily Activities

10:00AM-11:00AM Students will have an opportunity to participate in all of these Musicianship Classes:

  • Rhythm Classes “Find the Beat Within: Rhythm and Motion”
  • Music Theory with Mike Tybursky
  • Virtual Orchestra Project with Thomas Kociela and Stephanie Chen


  • Chamber Music Coachings/Rehearsal


  • Lunch and Social/Game Hour with Sébastien Ridore

——————————- 15 Minute Screen Break —————————————

1:00PM-2:30PM Students will have an opportunity to participate in both of these Classes aimed around Artistic Creativity

  • Creative Composition with Deena Corkindale
  • The Blues with Sébastien Ridore

Class Descriptions

  • Rhythm Classes “Find the Beat Within: Rhythm and Motion”: A movement and game based class, “Find the Beat Within” enables students to internalize and strengthen their sense of rhythm, which is a key skill in being a musician and playing music with others.
  • Music Theory with Mike Tybursky: Students will engage in an exploration of note reading, sight singing, and harmony to better understand how music works and how to use these tools to become strong performers.
  • Virtual Orchestra Project with Thomas Kociela and Stephanie Chen: Students work together to plan, edit, produce, and perform together in a virtual orchestra video. This video will feature Spring Waltz by Jorge Villeda.  Jorge is an alumnus of CMCB who studied violin and composition; he will be present to share his vision for the piece. Please take a look at a sample virtual orchestra video, featuring members of the 2019/20 CMCB Chamber Orchestra: He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.
  • Chamber Music Coachings/Rehearsal: Work together to discover the incredible magic of playing music with others and learn how to work as a team to create and share that music with your friends, family, and community.
  • Lunch and Social/Game Hour with Sébastien Ridore: Come together as a group and enjoy a lunch break with friends while connecting with peers, playing games, making music, and sharing all of the things that make you awesome with your friends.
  • Creative Composition with Deena Corkindale: Work together on exploratory projects with Deena to make music of your very own using online computer software.  CMCB will offer students an opportunity to share the music they create with their family, friends, and community.
  • The Blues with Sébastien Ridore:  Focused on a rich musical history and social emotional wellness, students will delve into this historic American genre known as the Blues to trace and understand its heritage and history, how to create your own tunes, jam with one another, and ultimately learn to use music as a tool for personal reflection, self-expression, and growth. The blues is a popular style of American music created during the late 19th century. It became the basis for many genres including, jazz, bluegrass, and country music. The blues is a feeling of loss or sorrow and the music was created as an outlet to encourage people going through those tough times. In this class, young musicians will learn about the blues through music listening, call and response, and the blues scales. Additionally, students will understand the origins, historical impact and emotional benefits of the blues.



C.I.T. PROGRAM: Students currently in 7th or 8th grade are eligible for the Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program. Students should have 3–4 years playing a SummerMUSIC instrument, including some private instruction. These students, along with high school counselors, will mentor the younger students, based on the El Sistema model of music education.

Junior Counselor: Limited opportunities available. Any student interested in being a Junior Counselor should contact Director of In-House Programs Michael DePasqaule: mdepasquale@cmcb.org. This opportunity is only available for students currently in grades 9-11. These students should have 4+ years playing a SummerMUSIC instrument, including some private instruction. These students will be able to participate in all classes as volunteers and act as mentors for younger students.

Watch our SummerMUSIC 2019 students create music of their own during the student led creative composition workshops in the extended day programming.


SummerMUSIC is affordable for everyone. Please have a conversation with us and we will do everything we can to ensure your child can participate in SummerMUSIC!

For more information about financial aid please contact:

Tiniqua Patrick, Registrar
phone: (617) 482-7494 ext. 54
email: patrick@cmcb.org


Michael DePasquale
Director of In-House Programs
(617) 482-7494 x23

Ann Miklich
SummerMUSIC Director
(617) 482-7494 x20


SummerMUSIC is supported in part by a SerHacer Grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which also supports the String Outreach programs.