Arts Education +

Music + Dance +

Theatre +

Visual Arts +

Children + Youth Chorus

+ More

Community School of Music and Arts

Welcome to Ithaca's Creative Home!

CSMA is a dynamic meeting place for artists, community members and educators to explore ideas, artistic expression and creativity together. Our passion is to make outstanding arts education accessible to students of all ages, skill levels and socioeconomic backgrounds.

No matter who you are, you’re welcome here.

CSMA is also home to historic Hamblin Hall on the third floor of our centrally-located building in downtown Ithaca. This exceptional space is the perfect venue for performances and events.

Arts All Around You

Summer Fun at CSMA for Ages 6-9

Each session includes art, music, dance and theatre classes taught by professional teaching artists. Guest artists and awesome field trips to museums, parks and theatres will also highlight our fun-filled weeks designed to enhance kids’ creative growth and appreciation for all of the arts.

New Chorale Ensemble


The newest Ithaca Children & Youth Chorus ensemble, Ancora, is a welcoming inter-generational choir that provides a place for anyone and everyone with a love of music to sing together. Emphasis will be placed on the group experience and creating community as well as musical literacy, exploring diverse repertoire, and healthy singing. New members, ICYC alumni, parents and other family members are all welcome.
Singers who are concurrently enrolled in another ICYC ensemble may register for Ancora for no additional charge.

David Allen Coester

Featured Faculty

David Allen Coester has been teaching the guitar to people of all ages and abilities for more than 25 years — formerly at the Crestwood Music Education Center in Westchester County and in his private studio in downtown Ithaca.

What People are Saying

“I’m a retired engineer and a sculptor and have been attending the CSMA life drawing classes for more than a decade. The Open Sketch drawing studio attracts a wide spectrum of artists from novice to experienced, from twenty-somethings to octogenarians. We welcome newcomers, encourage each other, and share ideas. Drawing stimulates the hand-brain connection. Drawing at CSMA is much better than sitting at home doing Sudoku!”

Frank Moon

“Excellent offerings, talented teachers!”

Kim LaRocca

“CSMA offers great opportunities for kids to be creative and make cool stuff! Our daughter loves it!

Joe S.”


Monday -Thursday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Find Us

330 E Martin Luther King Jr / State St.
Ithaca, NY 14850

CSMA’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Muse Level Corporate Sponsor

Muse Level Corporate Sponsor