Kindermusik Academy of St. Louis Joins the Community Music School

| June 3, 2013

Kindermusik founder Jan Fishman, left, and CMS director Carol Commerford

The Community Music School of Webster University (CMS) recently assumed ownership of the Kindermusik Academy of St. Louis from founder Jan Fishman.

This exciting collaboration of outstanding music programs allows babies and young children to begin a lifelong adventure of music and fun. The strong musical foundation built in the Kindermusik and CMS Young Years music programs will open a window of creativity for babies and children that brings color, rhythm, and the joy of music and movement into their lives forever.

“The Kindermusik Academy of St. Louis is a very strong program and very well respected in the St. Louis area under Jan Fishman’s leadership. It will be a very important part of our early childhood program building a great musical foundation for all the programs that we have that follow,” said Carol Commerford, director of the Community Music School.


Kindermusik parent and child

The CMS Kindermusik Academy will retain the same nurturing teachers families have grown to love. Classes will continue to be offered at the JCC Marilyn Fox Building in Chesterfield, the Des Peres Lodge, and a new location, Kol Rinah Children’s Center in University City. In addition, classes will be offered at ongoing CMS locations, the First United Methodist Church in Webster Groves and the Strauss Center at Faust Park in Chesterfield.

“We heard great things about Kindermusik, and after some research, saw that it fit my hopes for fostering a love of music in my children at an early age while encouraging them to play with and be playful in their approach to learning about music,” said Kindermusik parent Kim Montgomery. “I was also very impressed with the amount of research that went into developing the program. The Kindermusik approach to music education is based on brain research and making connections in so many areas.”

Learn more about the partnership, classes, and early bird discounts at

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