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Our mission is to successfully provide the inspiration and opportunity for anyone in our diverse community to achieve excellence in music education and appreciate the transformative power of music.

Our vision is to be recognized and valued as a collaborative partner and the accessible resource for excellence in music education within the community.


CMS is aptly named – I have been taking lessons at CMS for almost 9 years, and it is truly a community. It has fostered my love of music and gives access to many very talented and experienced professional musicians. They have so many programs & opportunities to perform and connect with other students. CMS truly impacted my life and strengthened my passion for music.

Kristie B.

Violin Student

Non-Discrimination Policy

Community Music School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, creed, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, gender identity, disability, or level of family income in its education programs and admission, employment, and financial aid policies.


Thank you for helping us continue Martha’s legacy of music education for all at Community Music School.

Our History

Martha Maletz and four music teachers, Beatrice Allen, Jean Fox, Judith Moyer and Marilyn Pinschmidt founded Community Music School in 1981. The school launched operations in the Educational Building at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Fifth Street in Allentown on September 8, 1982. In its first year, CMS had 7 faculty and 38 enrolled students in piano and voice and provided $5,604 in scholarships and financial aid.



In 2004, CMS moved to the Fowler Education Wing on the second floor of Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown, which offered 3,100 square foot custom-designed space, including 12 private music instruction studios. In addition to the downtown location, CMS expanded to offer lessons in several satellite locations, including in Center Valley at Penn State Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem at Moravian Academy, and in Reading at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts, through the acquisition on August 1, 2015, of the former Community School of Music & the Arts.

In 2017, CMS celebrated 35 successful years of operation, and the Board of Directors embarked on a new strategic planning initiative, which resulted in a refreshed mission – to successfully provide the inspiration and opportunity for anyone in our diverse community to achieve excellence in music education and appreciate the transformative power of music.

In the fall of 2018, CMS moved and consolidated its Allentown operations to historic 1544 Hamilton Street, the former Lehigh Valley Club. The renovated space offers 12 lesson rooms of varying sizes, a unique parent lounge, early childhood room, music library, administrative offices, and a 150-seat recital hall.

Today, CMS employs over 25 professional musicians who provide high-quality private and group instruction to over 300 students of all ages and in nearly every instrument and voice. CMS also offers extensive, tuition-free outreach programs that bring music to hundreds more students in under-served schools. Introductory group classes, such as Kindermusik (ages 0-4), Kids Choir (ages 6-11), Modern Band (middle and high school) provide music fundamentals in a fun, group environment. The CMS Big Band offers numerous free performance opportunities for intermediate and advanced students.



Thank you for supporting quality music education! You can make a donation online through PayPal, by mail or in person at CMS, 1544 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA 18102.


We welcome donations of gently used instruments – trumpets, flutes, violins, etc. In the case of larger items like pianos and drum kits, we are happy to post your item on our student bulletin board in our main office and online.