How to Register
Students may register for private music lessons at any time for the current academic school year. New students are advised to call or visit CMS prior to registration to schedule an interview lesson or to ensure teacher availability. Once a student is ready to begin weekly lessons or register for a class or ensemble, the student should submit a registration form accompanied by a $35 annual, non-refundable registration fee which is required of all students (there is a maximum fee of $50 per family). Students who wish to enroll in a class or ensemble should also submit a registration form and fee.
There are many benefits to being a CMS student! Our individual lesson instructors will tailor lessons to fit the student’s needs and assess the level they are at to help them grow and advance in their given instrument. The student will have full access to our music library to aid them during the individual study. CMS students have ample performance opportunities through our regular student recitals, and students will be given a written progress report from their music teacher at the end of the year.
No, you will pay for one quarter at a time. Quarters are a total of 9-10 weeks.
There is an annual $35 registration fee (max $50 per family) that will be applied to your first quarter of lessons.
No. You can start with an interview lesson, which is charged at our prevailing lesson rate. An interview lesson determines a student’s aptitude or readiness for a particular instrument. Students may schedule interview lessons with multiple instructors before signing up.
Tuition is billed on a quarterly basis consisting of 9 or 10-week quarters depending on the calendar. Bills are sent out by email approximately 3 weeks before the start of a new quarter.
Tuition is due no later than the first lesson of each quarter. A $50 late fee will be applied if the tuition is not paid on or before the first lesson of the quarter. If tuition is not paid by the second lesson, the student will not be able to attend a third lesson until tuition is paid. Any lessons missed due to non-payment will be considered unexcused absences.
CMS requires that the full tuition is paid before the start of the new quarter. CMS accepts cash, personal checks and all major credit cards. Payment by cash or check is preferred, as we are a non-profit organization and try to keep credit card processing fees to a minimum. If for whatever reason you are not able to pay the tuition in full, please speak to the registrar.
Tuition assistance is available for minor students (through high school graduation) who have a proven financial need. Funds are limited. The guidelines and application are available at the front desk at CMS, or available HERE.
To report a student absence, please notify the school in advance when a student will not be able to attend their lesson by calling 610-489-3676 or emailing our Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendance is important for students at CMS. Students are eligible for up to two make-up lessons per year provided we receive notification via phone or email with 24-hour advance notice. No refunds or make-ups are given for class/ensemble tuition after the start of the first class or rehearsal. Students are not entitled to more than 2 make-up lessons per year for missed lessons. Please do not ask your teacher or the staff to make exceptions to this policy. A student absence does not exempt the student from lesson payment. If. Absences are only considered excused if the registrar is informed before the start of the lesson. If CMS does not receive notification of an absence, then the student is considered unexcused and no make-up lesson will be given.
Because scheduling a lesson has a direct impact on many others, it is important that students attend all lessons at the assigned times. This is in respect for our faculty, who set aside a specific time for each student. This time is reserved. The teacher cannot give your the time away to someone else or fill it again. Though many students and families are consistent and reliable about attendance, some are not; this policy is a way to support our talented faculty.
If lessons are canceled due to snow closing or teacher absence, a make-up lesson will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the student and teacher. There are designated days during the school year to accommodate make-up lessons.
Should the school close due to inclement weather or your teacher need to cancel, students will receive a make-up lesson. Teachers schedule their own make-up lessons. The teacher is obligated to offer three opportunities for each make-up; if the student refuses all three, the make-up is forfeited. There are designated weeks during the school year to accommodate make-up lessons.
If a student cancels their make-up lesson, it is then forfeited and will not be rescheduled.
Speak to the registrar. You can request a different lesson time, and if one is available, you can be permanently moved to a new spot. If no times are available you will be put on a waiting list. You can also request a different teacher at this time.
All withdraws from individual lessons or a class/ensemble must be submitted to the Registrar in writing (email to email@example.com is acceptable). A verbal notification to your teacher does not constitute an official withdraw from lessons. Students have until the third week of the billing quarter to withdraw from lessons. Tuition will be prorated and refunded, minus a $25 withdraw fee.
Students have until the third week of the quarter to withdraw and receive a prorated tuition reimbursement minus a $25 withdraw fee. Students who choose to withdraw from lessons after the third week of the quarter are not entitled to a tuition refund.
There are number of numerous student recitals and special concerts scheduled at CMS throughout the year. All performances and rehearsals are accompanied by a professional accompanist. Performances include student recitals, an annual Student Showcase, open mic nights, ensemble performances, and Master classes.
CMS has a limited number of instruments available for enrolled students to rent. Rental fees vary depending on instruments and are billed monthly. For more information, please contact the CMS Registrar at 610-489-3676. CMS faculty will also help guide students who are looking to purchase instruments. Ask your teacher if you need help selecting the best instrument for you!
General Music Instruction
This program is most suited for beginning level students (up to two years of study) or for adult students. Advancing students may consider enrolling in one of CMS’s certificate programs.
Tuition is billed on a quarterly basis with 9 to 10-lessons in each quarter September through June. There is a 6-week summer session offered as well. Students may enroll at any time during a quarter and will be pro-rated for the remaining lessons in that particular quarter.
Tuition for students enrolled in the General Instruction Program includes:
- Weekly private lessons
- Rehearsals and performances with a professional accompanist
- Student recitals
- Access to the CMS music library
- Written progress report at the end of the year
- 20% discount on any additional class/ensemble
We’re holding lesson rates for the upcoming 2019-2020 School Year:
- Multiple Lessons Discount: First lesson is billed at the regular/Master rate and each additional private lesson receives a 5% discount (discount is taken off the lesser priced lesson).
- Other discounts apply for siblings, ensembles, music theory- please contact Registrar for details
Benefits of Being a CMS Student Include:
- Student Recitals – CMS schedules an average of two recital per month and students are encouraged to perform often. There is no additional charge for performing on recitals and admission is free and open to the public.
- Rehearsals with a Professional Accompanist – Students are encouraged to schedule rehearsals with our staff accompanist whenever necessary prior to a performance. Rehearsals are included in student’s tuition.
- Free Tickets for Little Night Music concerts and Master classes – CMS students never pay to attend these special events.
- Access to the CMS Music Library – CMS has a music lending library available to students at no charge. Solo and ensemble music, method books, theory books and scores are some of the items available.
- Discounts on Multiple Lessons or Classes – the more music lessons or classes you study – the more you save!
Register and begin lessons at any time by calling 610.489.3676 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org