The Music Center
The Music Center
classes and ensembles

Whether you are 5 or 50, the Music Center has a class or ensemble that's just right for you. Here are a few of our offerings:

Community Music School Concert Band horn player

Concert Band

Directed by Laura Hirleman, Community Music School Concert Band rehearses on Tuesday evenings and is open without auditions to instrumentalists age 15 and up. Enjoy a variety of repertoire, learn valuable ensemble skills, and take part in several concerts over the year.


Community Music School Bucket Drumming

Bucket Beats

Who would have thought that drumming on a bucket could sound so good? We provide the buckets - you provide the beats. This new class at the Music Center promises to be fun for all.


Community Music School drum class drum sticks

Music First

Develop your child’s mind and spirit in this enjoyable and social class of singing, chanting, moving, and playing of simple percussion instruments.


Young violinist

Suzuki Violin Program

Led by Jaclyn Burke, the principles of the popular "Suzuki Method" are based on an early beginning of playing, listening, loving, parental support, and learning with other children.



The Community Music School's main location is inside of the Davidson Building on the campus of Kellogg Community College. We are located on the south end of campus, behind Fremont School near Emmett Street.

The address of the building is: 450 North Avenue, Battle Creek, MI

Click here for maps to our locations

Community Music School

Fall 2016
September 6-December 9

Winter 2017
January 9-May 27
Registration starts November 21, 2016

Summer 2017
June 5-August 25
Registration starts May 1, 2017

Registration page


Registration open all semester

For registration and start up dates of each program please check out the pages for private lessons, Music First,and the Registration page.

CMS financial aid is available to families with under $50,000 in annual income. Other aid is available to qualifying families from area foundations and organizations. For more information, please contact the Music Center.

Some of the financial aid options are need based while others are not. Please call today to find out how we are able to keep music learning accessible and affordable for our community.

Tuition only covers a portion of the cost of Music Center programs. Click here to donate online.



Trombone player

Did you know that the Community Music School is a program of The Music Center of South Central Michigan? Click here for information on all of the classes and ensembles we have to offer.