Building on 40 years of intergenerational learning, the Community Music School strives to enrich lives by providing experiences that promote lifelong engagement with music. The Community Music School offers music and arts education for students of all ages from infant to retiree.

The Community Music School believes: 

  • Lifelong engagement with music contributes to personal growth and well-being.
  • Lifelong engagement with music is key to sustaining a creative and involved community.
  • Lifelong engagement with music must remain accessible to all.

The Community Music School is a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education.

LOCATION & CONTACT INFORMATION

Boesel Musical Arts Center, Room 170 (first floor)
49 Seminary Street, Berea OH 44017
(440) 826-2365, cms@bw.edu
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Our facility includes large studios, practice rooms, rehearsal halls and public spaces for people to gather. The Community Music School is proud to be an all-Steinway school.

Our TEAM

Adam J. Sheldon
Director
asheldon@bw.edu

Adam Sheldon is the director of the Community Music School and outreach programs at Baldwin Wallace University. Prior to being appointed to this role, Sheldon was the operations and finance manager for the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cleveland. In this role, he led the national Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute, assisted with the Creative Workforce Fellowship program, provided technical assistance to artists and arts-related organizations while overseeing the financial and human resource operations of the organization. In tandem to this position, he served (and continues to serve) as the executive director of SMART360, a comprehensive music and literacy program for students grades one to four in the Akron Public School System. For this work, Sheldon was awarded the Education Impact Award from the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation and the Volunteer of the Year award by the Superintendent of Akron Public Schools.

Sheldon holds a Masters of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Music Education degree with an emphasis in arts management from Baldwin Wallace University. He continues to stay professionally involved both regionally and nationally as a member of the National Guild for Community Arts Education and as a member of the Cleveland Arts Education Consortium.

Meredith Kurtz
Assistant Director
mkurtz@bw.edu

Meredith Kurtz, assistant director of the Community Music School, has more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, including positions at The Cleveland Play House and Lyric Opera Cleveland. In addition to this, Kurtz worked in the financial sector as a conference manager, planning and coordinating community bank investor conferences across the country. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in arts management from Baldwin Wallace University and has been with the BW Community Music School since 2009. She is not only connected to BW CMS as a staff member, but also as the mother of two daughters who experience music through BW CMS programs including MusicPlay and student performances.

Jeanette Hagerty
Program Coordinator
jhagerty@bw.edu

Jeanette Hagerty, program coordinator of the Community Music School, is a proud graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in arts management in 2016. Hagerty is a member of the Arts Management Association and brings three years of leadership experience with her, including a performance background in theatre. As program coordinator, she holds a working knowledge of community engagement as well as event and program management. She was born and raised in the Northeast Ohio area and is excited to start her career at CMS serving the community around her.

Emily Quinn
Strategic Initiatives Coordinator
equinn@bw.edu

Emily Quinn, strategic initiatives coordinator of the Community Music School, is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in drawing and painting. She has over six years of teaching experience including visual arts ESL instructor in Seoul, South Korea. In 2012 Quinn received a master’s degree in art and design education from the Rhode Island School of Design. While at RISD, she worked with several non-profit arts organizations while teaching a course in community art education at RISD. From 2011 to 2015, Quinn worked with the Minneapolis Public School district as MPS Arts Extension Coordinator designed programming, residencies and partnerships with arts classrooms. In 2015 she returned to Northern Ohio to be closer to her hometown of Brunswick. Currently, Quinn teaches classes at BAYarts and maintains a studio practice in painting and printmaking. As strategic initiatives coordinator of the Community Music School, Quinn brings visual creativity to the musical community of Baldwin Wallace.