The Concord Community Music School was founded in 1984 to provide quality music instruction in a community school setting. After dramatic growth, the Music School settled into a permanent home at 23 Wall Street in 1988. Today the Music School welcomes 1,100 students from 110 communities to Concord each week, produces over 200 public events annually for 40,000 additional audience members, and serves many communities through partnerships with such organizations as Manchester Housing & Redevelopment Authority, Laconia Head Start, Riverbend Community Mental Health, and public schools statewide.
A full member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the Music School shares a mission begun by the Settlement Schools a century ago: providing quality instruction in the arts to all who seek it and providing financial aid to all who need it.
In recognition of its artistic and organizational strengths, the Music School has received prestigious honors: inclusion by the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund in the Community Arts Education Initiative; participation in the National Endowment for the Arts' Advancement, Stabilization, Education, Access and Creative Communities Programs; and management recognition through both the Walter J. Dunfey Award for Excellence in Management and as a 2001 NH Business of the Year.