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Instrumental Music and Dance

“It is music, and dancing, that makes me at peace with the world – and at peace with myself.”

~ Nelson Mandela


CFS has a long history of musical excellence and opportunity in both our curricular and co-curricular programs. The Instrumental Music and Dance Program offers professional instruction to CFS students on a variety of instruments. Lessons are available during the school year with classes taking place during the school day and/or after school.

Program Information

Instrumental Music Program

Cambridge Friends School is delighted to offer individual and group instruction on a variety of musical instruments. Students may take individual lessons on recorder, piano, flute, clarinet, and saxophone. There are two 13-week sessions per school year. Session 1 runs October to mid-February, and Session 2 runs February to May, for a total of 26 professionally instructed lessons.


Individual, private music lessons are available during the school day, as well as after school, Mondays through Fridays, for students in grades 2-8. The program also offers group classes for students in Kindergarten through grade 8. All group instruction will be held after school. This includes African Drumming and the Middle School Jazz Band. While instrumental music lessons incur an additional fee above tuition, financial assistance is available for all students who qualify for tuition financial aid.


Current parents interested in registering should login to MyCFS and access the Resource Board. Details and registration information will be found under the Instrumental Music & Dance Program tile. For more information on this program, contact Marytha at 617.354.3880, ext. 163 or

Early Childhood String Program

CFS is also pleased to offer an after-school Early Childhood String Program for grades Pre-K to grade 2 complimentary to CFS families. Now in its second year, the program was very popular with our Lower School families and is expanding to ensure continuity of learning for previous students. Current third-grade students who previously participated in the program are eligible to continue as advanced students on their chosen instrument. Group lessons are 30-minutes long and take place on Tuesdays for beginners and Thursdays for continuing students.


This program was made possible by a grant from the Kathryn and Charles Avison-Miriam Avison Charitable Foundation at the Boston Foundation, which was established through the estate of a longtime attendee of Friends Meeting Cambridge. The only cost associated with this program is the rental fee for the instrument (violin or cello) which ranges from about $200 per year for violins to $250 for cellos. Some financial aid is available to help with instrument rentals if needed.


For more information, parents should login to MyCFS and access the Resource Board. Details  and registration information will be found under the Instrumental Music & Dance Program tile. Please contact David at 617.354.3880 ext. 111 or for further questions about this program.