Notes to Remember for the New School Year

Dear CMSP Students, Parents and Caregivers


If you are unable to attend CMSP you must call and leave a message on my voice mail 215.204.TEAM (8326).

Safety & Security

I’m disappointed to report that we had two thefts in the past two Saturdays. Do not bring valuables or large amounts of cash with you. Keep your belongings with you at all times. Keep your eyes and ears open and report any suspicious behavior.

Music Theory

All first year CMSP students are required to take music theory class. If you are not in a class please speak with me immediately.

Important First Semester Dates

November 8, 2014: 2nd CMSP payment due.

November 29: CMSP closed for Thanksgiving Break

December 13, 10:30am: Performances of Philadelphia String Project, String and Wind Ensembles, and Jazz Workshop & Orchestra. Temple Performing Arts Center. 1837 North Broad St.

Like us on Facebook!

CMSP is moving into the 21st Century. Please like us on Facebook.

Bake Sale Table

The Friends of CMSP are back and selling treats on Saturday mornings. All proceeds go to fund CSMP directly. We are always in need of baked goods, juice boxes, water and an extra pair of hands to help set up, break down and work behind the table. Deb Donegan, who has donated her time for two years since the graduation of her son from CMSP, is the contact person for Bake Sale related activities. Please step up and help out.

Melissa L. Douglas
CMSP Program Coordinator
Philadelphia String Project Coordinator
Individual Lesson Coordinator

Jazz Orchestra Studio Recording Session 2014


THe following are the mixed mp3 tracks from the 2014 TU CMSP Jazz Orchestra recording session. Special thanks to Range Recording Studios, owner Aaron Levinson and master engineer Andrew Swan.



Dance of the Floreadores
Uptown Downbeat
Echoes of Harlem
Hay Burner
Royal Garden Blues
Second Line

OwlCrowd – Magical Musical Moments: Nurture the Arts

Support the Community Music String Program raise $2,500 to help fund over two-hundred local students eager to pursue their musical abilities. Your donation will help fund venue costs for future performances, professional recording, operational and technical support. Spread the word and encourage your friends to support the students strive for musical success!

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The Friends of CMSP’s meeting on 11/14, 2009 invited Tara Webb-Duey, from Temple’s Institutional Advancement, to address the group on issues of fundraising.  Minutes from the meeting will be distributed via email. If you do not receive an email from me please make sure that I have your correct email address.

I look forward to keeping in touch with you through this site.

Thanks again for all your efforts!

New Parents Section

A new section just for parents has been added to the website.  See Mrs. Douglas or Mr. O’Mara for more information.  Check back here for current updates regarding CMSP Parents.

Letter from the Program Director

March, 2009

Dear CMSP family and friends,

Greetings from the Community Music Scholars Program of Music Prep. When I began directing CMSP ten years ago, 50 students were taking private lessons. Now, 160 Philadelphia school children are filling Presser Hall on Saturday mornings, and we have added music theory classes, a jazz orchestra, string ensemble and dance class. I am personally gratified to witness the extraordinary benefits of this program on our young students as they mature into well-rounded adults, engaged with lifelong learning and personal growth.

As you may know, our umbrella organization is Temple University, a non-profit institution that finds itself in the same position as all non-profits in the city and across the nation: with decreasing state support and a shrinking endowment. Therefore, we are reaching out to our friends and alumni and asking for contributions to support this important program in our community. I hope you will consider making a gift.

It is our mission to provide the best education at the most affordable price, and we are committed to doing so. Please help us to do that, by sending a check of any amount in the enclosed envelope payable to: Temple University, CMSP/Music Prep.

For almost four decades, CMSP has been engaging children with the arts, making a difference in their lives, and having an impact on their futures. Each gift of every size will make a difference, and we thank you in advance for your kind generosity.


Melissa Douglas
Community Music Scholars Program


Local High School Student Raises Money for CMSP String Program

Daniel Koo, a senior at Radnor High School plans on attending college to study violin. Last year, he was selected as one of 200 students to receive a scholarship to Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Arts in Erie, Pennsylvania. While there, one of his projects was to develop an idea that would raise money for local music students. Last December, Daniel’s efforts paid off. Through a benefit concert for the Community Music Scholars Program String Project at Temple University’s Music Preparatory Program, Daniel, along with other classmates, raised $1400 in support of private string instruction at a nominal cost for Philadelphia area students.

“My private violin teacher, Ms. Helen Kwalwasser, (Boyer College faculty member) told me about the String Project at Music Prep and how it would reach string students that may not be able to afford individual lessons,” Daniel said. “We all know how important music education is.” Daniel’s (violin) colleagues from the Governor’s School who performed with him on December 27, 2008, included: Martha Mingle (piano) from Delaware County Christian School, Robert May (tenor) from Annville Cleona High School and Levi Smucker (cello) from Ephrata High School. Daniel hopes that their efforts will “inspire more kids to pick up an instrument and find their passions within art.”