CMS holds open house at SC

Elliott Dutton, 9, takes in the instrument petting zoo.

The Community Music School at Southwestern College held an open house Tuesday to kick off the New Year and introduce CMS programs to the public. Music and laughter filled the halls, and many children enjoyed the instrument petting zoo. Several students of Marsha Granberry shared special piano pieces that they are working on.

New for 2020, CMS is partnering with Cumbernauld Village to provide monthly mini-concerts, “Sunday Serenades.”

“This is an effort to reach out to our older community and share the healing power of music,” Community Music School director Michelle Zakharov said.

The Sunday Serenades will foster a sense of community through music and give young student musicians an opportunity to share what they’ve been working on, as well as hone their performance skills. The community is invited to share in these short musical programs beginning at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Cumbernauld Village.

“We are excited to see how this will grow our musical community and bring joy and happiness to those living at Cumbernauld,” Zakharov said.

Sunday Serenades are free and open to the public.

CMS is now enrolling students for group beginning piano classes for children ages 6-12 beginning Jan. 16.

Group piano classes are an excellent introduction to piano. All group piano classes are taught by Marsha Granberry, longtime music educator and piano instructor. Each session will last eight weeks. Two time slots are available: at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.

The Community Music School at Southwestern College offers a wide range of private lessons and classes for all ages. Private lessons are ongoing, and the CMS has openings for all instruments and voice with a wide range of lesson times available. Anyone interested in any of the classes or private lessons that the Community Music School offers can email Zakharov at or visit the CMS website at

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