Vision and Values

CMA was formed in July 2014 by a group of parents and music professionals whose vision is to create an independent music academy which will truly nurture and support the developing musician in every child.


  • We welcome all young musicians in the Chilterns
  • We play the music that we love together in a community of friends
  • We strive for excellence at every level
  • We encourage each child to grasp the opportunities available to them to fulfil their musical potential

What is different about CMA?

  • The CMA seeks to make music accessible to all:
    • Geographically: across the whole of Wycombe and the surrounding areas
    • Academically: across a range of abilities and disabilities
    • Financially: keeping membership fees low and offering bursaries where possible
  • Independent of bureaucracy, we are here to stay regardless of government cuts and are free to explore new initiatives in music making
  • The CMA is a community creation which involves parents and students in its governance and management
  • We have a Student Development Programme, beginning in Key Stage 1
  • Our experienced staff are developing a unique provision for Visually Impaired students with the support of the RNIB
  • Senior students are involved in mentoring and in governance through a student council
  • We are creating a range of performance opportunities, from the informal to the inspirational, to take the fear out of performing and replace it with the thrill of bringing music to an audience
  • The CMA has strong links with notable external bodies who will work with us to extend our best players and singers