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In The Community

Concord Conservatory of Music serves Concord, Massachusetts and 15 surrounding communities. Many programs and performances are open to all, and students and faculty regularly appear in private settings as well.

As part of our mission to make music education accessible to all, we welcome opportunities to build educational and performance experiences that create new relationships.  Through these opportunities, we strive to strengthen well-being, build social bonds, and actively involve all members of our community in dynamic music-making.

CCM’s Community Connections programs are supported by grants, community donations, and contributions from our partners.  The National Guild for Community Arts Education defines partnerships as “collaborative efforts characterized by shared responsibility and joint investment in vision, goals, plans, implementation, and evaluation to bring about deeper student learning, and increase impact and sustainability.” To learn more, please contact the School Director.

Community Partner – Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley

On Thursday afternoons, CCM provides the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley in Maynard music classes for kids ages 6 – 11.  The BGCAV offers after-school, summer, and recreational programs to youth in the Maynard community.  While the programming is varied and enriching, a notable gap was in music education.  CCM is filling this gap by providing weekly ukulele classes that are steeped in developing the core foundational skills of music education.

“Over the last few weeks, we have seen the ukulele lesson, under the tutelage of Ms. Cathy, draw out feelings of pride, self-confidence, and pure enjoyment. Our partnership with CCM has been wonderful.” Annalisa Campaneli, BGCAV Executive Director

Concord Park Senior Community Performance

We invite and encourage all CCM students to perform at the Concord Park Senior Living community center on Sunday, May 21st at 2:00 pm. This is your opportunity to give your gift of music to our community.

MAP students can check it off as their Community Performance elective; however, you do not need to be a MAP student to participate.

Sign-up by Monday, May 8th.

Community Sing Series

Concord Conservatory of Music’s Community Sing is an opportunity for singing enthusiasts of all ages and levels to gather and enjoy making music together.

Bring the entire family to this free event! Led by CCM voice faculty Gray Leiper, this unique multi-generational chorus will sing musical selections that celebrate the seasons, beginning with harvest time in the fall, then cherishing the rare gift of light in our winter months. 

Sing with us and sign-up today!

There is no fee to participate.

Dates to know:

  • Harvest – Abundant Song on Sunday, October 16, 1:30 – 2:30 pm in the Sanctuary
  • In the Pale Morning Light – A Festival of Hope on Sunday, December 4, 1:30 – 2:30 pm in  North Hall*
  • Spring Community Sing date TBD

*Participants may choose to sing in Concord’s annual Tree Lighting on December 4th following the second Community Sing.

The CCM Listening Project

Listening to music is a multi-generational and fun experience.  Playing and listening to music with family or community members creates social interactions that can positively impact our mental health, mood, and overall well-being.  The language of music is one we can all share and appreciate together.

The Listening Project at the Concord Conservatory is a community-wide opportunity for people to expand their musical horizons and grow their listening skills.  Think book club, but listening to music!  Each month, CCM will provide a new playlist that can be found on both Spotify and YouTube, which can be accessed from this website.  In addition to sharing a monthly playlist of diverse and exciting songs, the website also includes background on the piece of music and questions to think about while you’re listening.

It’s all about exposing yourself to a wide variety of music and learning to be an active listener.  Active listening is an important skill that comes up every time you listen to someone speak, whether in a meeting, a class, or an everyday conversation!  When you actively listen, you are thinking about and remembering what you hear, and there’s no better way to learn that than through music.

Explore the Listening Project, be introduced to new music and genres, and learn how to become an active listener.  The playlist may include songs from a selected topic or genre and will have pieces better suited for adults and our younger learners.   Would you like to receive a monthly alert for the Listening Project?  Sign-up today.

Singing with Parkinson’s

A chorus-based opportunity to participate in voice therapy through song, Singing with Parkinson’s focuses on vocal fitness while offering people coping with the disease a chance to sing together, perform in the community and build new friendships.  Breathing, stretching, posture, and vocal exercises are taught in a supportive, congenial environment.

Email our Student Services Manager to register>>

With so many ways to communicate at our disposal, we must not forget the transformative power of a live music experience and genuine human exchange.

— Jon Batiste