Community Music Center


About Us

La Jolla Music Society’s Community Music Center (CMC) is an after-school music program offered September through May. Our talented, bilingual staff of instructors provide group lessons three days each week. This program is unique in San Diego because the instruction and instruments are all provided free-of-charge. Further, if students are able to fulfill the attendance and music proficiency requirements, they are awarded their instruments to keep for life.

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We accept new students throughout the year.

If you would like to learn how to play an instrument and are currently in the 4th grade or above, this is the perfect program for you. For more information, please contact LJMS’ Education and Community Programming Manager, Allison Boles: 858.459.3724 x221 or

Classes Offered:

When: Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday
Time: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Where: Classes are currently offered via Zoom.

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Aceptamos nuevos estudiantes durante todo el año.

Si estas en 4to grado; en adelante, y estas interesado en aprender a tocar un instrumento, este es el programa perfecto para ti. Para mas informacion contractar a director de programa: Sr. Serafin Paredes 619.507.8218.

Clases Que Ofrecemos:
Flauta, Clarinete, y Saxofón

Cuando: Lunes, Martes, Y Miercoles
Hora: 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Lugar: Las clases se ofrecen actualmente a través de Zoom.


The Community Music Center (CMC) was founded by Joe Barry in 1993 to provide children in at-risk situations the opportunity to study and learn classical music. The CMC has been named a “Model Program” by the San Diego Commission of Arts and Culture, and it also received national recognition by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities as a semi-finalist in the 1998 “Coming up Taller” Awards Competition. In the spring of 1999, La Jolla Music Society made a three-year commitment to adopt the program and raise funds to support its operation. LJMS has continued to sustain the CMC without interruption since that time.

The CMC, operated in San Diego’s Logan Heights neighborhood, has given hundreds of children their first experience in music-making. Each year, over 130 students from roughly 40 area schools take part in our program and receive music instruction and instruments free-of-charge. Instruction in music literacy, technique, theory, and instrument care begins at the fourth grade level and continues through high school. The CMC’s nine bilingual staff members are all fulltime musicians and teachers dedicated to our students’ education and well-being. The team includes a director, eight instructors, and one administrator.

Group instruction is available for piano, violin, woodwinds, brass, voice, guitar, and percussion. Classes meet for 40 minutes, three times each week from September through May. In 2018, a fourth day of instruction was added to provide intermediate and advanced students with the opportunity to perform in an ensemble. Students also perform in two recitals each year, showcasing their achievements for family, friends, and community members. As an additional learning opportunity, CMC students are invited to attend La Jolla Music Society Orchestra Series concerts at no cost, an experience that continues to inspire long after the final note.

The CMC provides each student with an instrument to use for practice at home and in the classroom. This allows students to develop discipline through structured practice and the responsibility necessary to care for their instruments. After two years of successful participation, meeting goals for attendance and musical progression, the students are awarded their instrument to keep for life.

In addition to offering great instruction and access, the CMC provides a safe haven for our students. We’ve created a family-oriented environment where students have the space and support to learn, progress, express themselves through music, and most importantly, have fun making music together!

For more information about La Jolla Music Society’s Education Programs, please contact Allison Boles, Education and Community Programming Manager, at 858.459.3724 or