Chamber Music Beginnings

Music comes to life in innovative educational programs for students grades 3-5!

Music and culture come to life in this series of entertaining, interactive concerts. Students learn about the elements of music – melody, rhythm, form, artistry, and expression – first hand from our musicians and teaching artists. Students also discover the intimacy of chamber music and the values of cooperation, teamwork, and personal responsibility essential to a successful performance.

Only $5 per student for each concert includes:

  • Admission to live performances by our world-class musicians
  • In-class activities and instruction led by experienced teaching artists prior to each concert
  • Access to teaching materials, recordings of the works to be heard in concert, and guided listening activities

2017-2018 Concerts

Concert host Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry has a lot to learn when it comes to being a great composer. The artists on the stage–and the students in the concert hall—help Wolfgang discover how composers use rhythm to energize and organize their works. The series culminates with an intimate in-class performance to reinforce these concepts and make connections to Common Core Standards.

Pondering Pulses

Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry isn’t feeling well, and come to the shocking realization that he has no pulse—no musical pulse, that is! Join CMS artists as they help Wolfgang get his groove back in this fun-filled show all about rhythm.

  • November 13, 2017 Flushing Town Hall, Queens
  • November 15, 2017 Merkin Concert Hall, Manhattan

Digging Downbeats

Composer-in-training Wolfgang Amadeus Schmutzinberry has his musical pulse back, but still finds his heart racing in different patterns made up of 2, 3 and 4 beats. CMS artists help Wolfgang use tempos and time signatures to focus his energy in his new composition!

  • March 14, 2018 Merkin Concert Hall, Manhattan
  • March 16, 2018 Flushing Town Hall, Queens

Classics in Your Classroom - Performances at your school!

Our teaching artists bring intimate concerts right into your classroom. This will be an opportunity for your students to dig deeper into musical style, ask questions, and interact with our artists.

  • April-June 2018

For more information or to reserve seats call the Education Department at 212-875-5793 or email

Click here to download the CMB three-year curriculum.