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CMS Berks Studio

Goggleworks Center for the Arts
Suite 561
201 Washington Street
Reading, PA 19601

Weekly lessons, tailored to your individual abilities and goals.

Our professional teachers provide high-quality individualized learning in piano, voice, and more, both in-person and online, for children ages 5+, teens, adults, and seniors.  CMS offers a solid foundation in note reading and music theory, as well as numerous free public performance opportunities.

Private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, composition, violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, and saxophone are offered in Community Music School’s Berks Studio at Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Suite 561.

Review the links below, then click Sign Up Now to schedule your interview lesson.  If you are not sure which path is best for you or your student, please complete our Inquiry Form and someone will contact you to discuss your options.  We look forward to helping you on your musical journey!

Teachers at GoggleWorks

Welcome New Teacher Evan William Nelson piano voice CMS Berks

Evan William Nelson

voice | piano |guitar | composition

B.M. Vocal Performance, with a minor in Historical Performance, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; Text-driven lyric baritone, and prolific operatic performer; Recipient of Azalia H. Thomas Prize in academic excellence; Committed to fostering a growth mindset in learners of all ages; Available at both Allentown & Berks locations. Learn more.

Katie Mitchell violin | viola | cello | double bass | clarinet | saxophone

Katie Mitchell

violin | viola | cello | double bass | clarinet | saxophone

B.M. Music Education, Mansfield University; Orchestra & Music Teacher, Reading School District; Avid orchestra performer & LEGO builder. Learn more.

Evan William Nelson
voice | piano | guitar | composition

B.M. Vocal Performance, with a minor in Historical Performance, The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University; Text-driven lyric baritone, and prolific operatic performer; Recipient of Azalia H. Thomas Prize in academic excellence; Committed to fostering a growth mindset in learners of all ages; Available at both Allentown & Berks locations.  Learn more.

Katie Mitchell

violin | viola | cello | double bass | clarinet | saxophone

B.M. Music Education, Mansfield University; Orchestra & Music Teacher, Reading School District; Avid orchestra performer & LEGO builder. Learn more.

Tuition for Private Music Lessons

Students prepay for lessons on the first of each month.  Payments are automatically charged to the debit or credit card on file.  Financial aid is available for approved students 18 years of age and younger whose families cannot afford the full cost of tuition.

Interview Lesson, 30 minutes - $38

Annual Registration Fee - $49, per family, per calendar year

Monthly Tuition Payments

        • 30-minute lessons - $152 per month
        • 45-minute lessons - $224 per month
        • 60-minute lessons - $296 per month

SIGN UP FOR AN INTERVIEW LESSON

The interview lesson time selected here is a request only. Once we receive your inquiry, the office will contact you to confirm the interview lesson day and time. 

Inquire About Music Lessons

If you are not sure which path is best for you or your student, please complete our Inquiry Form and someone will contact you to discuss your options for private lessons and/or group classes.

About CMS Berks

In August 2015, CMS acquired the assets of the former Community School of Music and the Arts (CSMA) in Reading. CSMA was founded in 1956 by Werner Von Trapp and Peter LaManna. The mission of CSMA was very closely aligned with that of CMS – – to operate as a nonprofit educational institution for teaching, making music and other fine arts known throughout the community. Mr. Von Trapp was part of the Trapp Family Singers, made famous by the renowned movie, The Sound of Music. For nearly 40 years, Mr. Cedric Elmer served as CSMA’s Managing Director until his retirement in 2013. In 2015, the CSMA Board completed a strategic review of the organization and determined that the best path forward would be for CSMA to merge with a larger music school. The CMS and CSMA Boards approved the merger in June 2015, and CMS Reading launched in August 2015.  While the building was closed during the Covid pandemic, students and teachers continued their music lessons online.  As of September 2022, private lessons in piano, voice, violin, viola, clarinet, and guitar are once again being offered in-person at the CMS studio in Goggleworks Center for the Arts, Suite 561.

CMS Berks Studio at Goggleworks Center for the Arts

Suite 561  |  201 Washington Street   |   Reading, PA